CBS Orders Mark Burnett Obstacle Course Show ‘TKO’ for Summer

The competitive series involves “firing over-the-top projectiles” in an “us versus them” scenario

Mark Burnett

CBS has picked up a new competition series from “Survivor” executive producer Mark Burnett, and this one focuses specifically on obstacle courses.

“TKO” (a working title) is a 10-episode show produced by MGM Television, set for a summer 2018 premiere, Sharon Vuong, the network’s senior vice president for alternative programming, announced Tuesday.

According to the logline, the series features one player racing through daunting obstacles while the other contestants are manning battle stations along the course, firing over-the-top projectiles in an attempt to knock them off and slow them down. It’s a physical and funny “us versus them” scenario, with the top two players advancing to the final showdown to face off for a cash prize.

“Mark Burnett is a master at creating exciting competitions that make for entertaining television,” said Vuong. “We are thrilled to partner with him and his team on this wild and fun summer series.”

“TKO is unlike any other competition show on television. It’s an obstacle course meets dodgeball. It will create amazing viral moments,” Burnett added. “I’ve got a great history with CBS, and I’m excited to be premiering this summer.”

The series hails from MGM Television will be distributed internationally by MGM. Burnett, MGM Television Group and digital president, and Barry Poznick, president of unscripted television, MGM, will executive produce. “TKO” is an original format created by Steve Hughes and Sean Kelly of Shaggy Entertainment, Inc.