CBS to Adapt UK Hide-and-Seek Reality Series ‘Hunted’

Show challenges participants to elude skilled investigators

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CBS has ordered “Hunted,” a one-hour reality series, the network announced Wednesday.

“Hunted” follows ordinary people attempting the nearly impossible task of disappearing in today’s digital world, as professional investigators combine state-of-the-art tracking methods with traditional tactics to narrow down the search area.

From canvassing their target’s home and scouring Internet and cell phone histories to identifying behavioral patterns, they look for clues to potential hiding places and collaborators that can ultimately lead to capture.

The series is being developed for broadcast based on the format of the UK show of the same name, which was created and produced by Shine TV. The new CBS series will be produced by Endemol Shine North America.

“‘Hunted’ is a compelling new alternative series format, which our Alternative department had been tracking for a while, that feels tailor made for CBS,” Glenn Geller, president of CBS Entertainment, said. “It combines the suspense of a crime drama with the thrill of a competition reality series and some very topical social issues.”

“Hunted” premiered to strong ratings this month, especially among young adults, on Channel 4 in the UK. It will join the current slate of CBS reality programming like long-running staples “Survivor,” “The Amazing Race” and “Big Brother.”