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Review of "Kicking and Screaming" 2/3/17 by Suzanne
Premieres March 9 at 9/8c on FOX

I don't normally watch reality shows, but FOX has a lot of shows in its press screening room that I wanted to watch, so I watched this one as well. It's not bad. If you like "Survivor," you might like "Kicking and Screaming." It's like "Survivor," but it has comedy. Some serious survivalist types (military guys, hunters and the like) are paired with some contestants who are definitely more urban and have never been camping (a model, a cheerleader, a pageant winner, an overweight guy, et al.). These pampered adults are an assortment of spoiled, out-of-shape wimpy people that are there for us to make fun of. If you've seen the movie "Private Benjamin," then you'll know these people. They're all Goldie Hawn before she's whipped into shape by basic training. The winning team gets half a million dollars.

I'm sure most of you know that reality shows are not "real." They're all manipulated and heavily edited to make it entertaining. We can tell that these newbies either had no idea what they were getting into, or they were told what to bring, so that we can laugh at them as they arrive with suitcases and wearing high heels and false eyelashes. That does make it see pretty contrived. Check it out for yourself to decide if it's worth your time or not.


KICKING & SCREAMING is a new competition series that teams 10 expert survivalists with pampered partners to face the toughest challenges of their lives. From executive producer Matt Kunitz (“Wipeout,” “Fear Factor”), in association with Lionsgate Television, and hosted by Hannah Simone (NEW GIRL), the series drops these unlikely duos into a tropical jungle in Fiji, where they must overcome dangerous animals, raging rivers, hunger and extreme weather.

While these no-nonsense survivalists are accustomed to fending for themselves, there’s one thing for which none of their previous expeditions have prepared them: their nature-phobic partners, who think “glamping” is roughing it. To win the competition, and a cash prize of $500,000, the experts will have to drag their partners, KICKING & SCREAMING, to the finish line.
PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Lionsgate Television, Pulse Creative
CREATORS: Matt Kunitz, David Shumsky, Mark Harris
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Matt Kunitz, Anthony Dominici
CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: David Shumsky, Mark Harris, Rebecca Shumsky Quinn
HOST: Hannah Simone

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