The series has been a high priority for CBS Entertainment president Glenn Geller. “Hunted” marks the first unscripted series he ordered after his promotion to head of entertainment programming in September 2015.
“Hunted” is also a big bet for Endemol Shine North America, which like CBS is in need of a new reality franchise. The company has been in the midst of an executive shuffle at the top, with co-CEO Charlie Corwin leaving the company earlier this month and Cris Abrego assuming the reins as solo CEO.
Based on a U.K. format, “Hunted” sends teams of ordinary people off on a mission to evade capture by an elite team of investigators. Teams that can stay underground for 28 days earn a grand prize of $250,000. Laura Fuest Silva, Brian Catalina, Eden Gaha, Rob Smith and Robin Feinberg are exec producers.
After its big post-football sendoff, “Hunted” will move to its regular Wednesday berth on Jan. 25 with a two-hour episode. The regular hourlong installments will air Wednesdays at 8 p.m.