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Did The CW Just Invent The Hunger Games With Their New Reality Show?

Real Or Not Real?

We’re all agreed The Hunger Games are very bad, right? Not the film, of course, the film was awesome but the actual games. Pitting children against one another until just one remains is evil, evil, evil. So why is The CW creating a reality series that’s eerily similar? 

We already knew The CW was developing The Selection, a young adult novel some have compared to The Hunger Games. But that would be a scripted series. This is a reality show. It’s called, The Hunt. Here’s the description:

THE HUNT is an intense wilderness competition taking place over one month, as 12 teams of two are provided no food, water, or shelter, but must compete in a game where they’ll rely on their physicality, survival skills, and hunting skills to endure their conditions, capture one another, and ultimately win a huge cash prize. Executive produced by David Garfinkle (“Ready for Love”), Jay Renfroe (“Ready for Love”) and Greg Goldman (“Ready for Love”), THE HUNT is from Renegade 83 and Blackbird Television in association with Warner Horizon Television.

No talk of anyone dying of course, that would be silly, but they do have to capture one another. So while this may seem more like a Survivor scenario, they certainly seem to be capitalizing on the success of The Hunger Games. And let’s not forget, The CW was also working on making a Battle Royale TV show too. Frankly, I’m surprised we’re not seeing Hunger Games-like series being developed by every network.

They haven’t given any ages as far as casting for the series goes but considering their usual viewership, I wouldn’t be surprised if they skewed younger. Though I’m not sure if it would be legal to inflict this kind of thing on anyone younger than 18. Either way, I’m all for not going down this path.

(via The AV Club)

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."