MTV’s long-running actuality competitors collection The Challenge is about to return with its thirty sixth season, subtitled “Double Agents.” The show has been on the air since 1998 and is exhibiting no indicators of slowing down — aside from one main drawback that producers try to determine resolve.
An EP Says Spoilers Are Threatening The Life of the Show
In a latest interview on the podcast “Reality Life with Kate Casey,” govt producer and President of Entertainment and Development at Bunim/Murray Productions Julie Pizzi revealed that the spoilers are getting out of hand.
“I’ve to inform you, this 12 months the velocity wherein spoilers began popping out, though not all correct, was form of heartwrenching,” mentioned Pizzi. “It made you understand that someone on the cast or crew is violating their confidentiality.”
She went on to say that “superfans” are doing this, however they’re doing it “on the jeopardy of the show” they love.
“The actual risk is that if we will not management this, does the show go off the air?” mentioned Pizzi, including, “It’s unlucky.”
Indeed, spoilers for season 36 began leaking out again in late September and early October.
MTV Has Hired an Internet Sleuth to Smoke Out the Leaks
In a February 2019 interview with E! Online, Pizzi referred to as spoilers the “bane of [their] existence” and joked that MTV was going going to rent a detective to suss out the rat, saying, “We have one leak that we’re making an attempt to determine that is been occurring for a few years now. We virtually put detectives on it to attempt to determine who it’s!”
But now, virtually two years later, that is precisely what MTV is doing. Pizzi mentioned on the podcast interview that they should discover a strategy to mitigate the spoilers, so that they’ve “taken a unique method” going into season 37.
“We at MTV have taken a really totally different method now going into this subsequent season the place we’re bringing in form of an ‘web sleuth’ who will have the ability to determine who these individuals are for us,” revealed Pizzi. “There’s an actual expense to it, however at this level, there’s simply not sufficient belief and it is actually, actually unlucky.”
She did say, nevertheless, that they do attempt to be “lenient” with the cast members as a result of they understand it is necessary for the cast to publicize on social media what they’re as much as, however there comes a degree the place the cast members additionally should respect the show.
“We attempt to be lenient with the cast as a result of we perceive that they earn money off of their social [media], we wish them to have the ability to achieve success, however not on the expense of the collection that we’re inviting them on and paying them for and asking them to principally allow us to do our job to get the show on the air,” mentioned Pizzi.
The Challenge season 36, “Double Agents,” premieres Wednesday, December 9 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.
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