In “Kicking & Screaming,” 10 expert survivalists, including 52 yr old Terry Fossum, are paired with pampered partners as they compete in challenges and live in a tropical jungle in Fiji. The winning team splits a $500,000 grand prize.
Filmed last May, executive producer Anthony Dominici said in addition to the pairings of survivalists and divas, “Kicking” differentiates itself from CBS’s “Survivor” in tone, too.
“There’s a sense of humor that’s not typical of cutthroat reality shows,” he said.
That’s apparent in casting Fossum, who wore part of his Boy Scout uniform on the series. (Fossum said wearing the uniform was producers’ idea, though he was happy to oblige after clearing it with the national office of the Boy Scouts of America.) (Schiff warning note: In photo Mr. Fossum is wearing a necker. )
Fossum, who went on a 6,000-mile driving, boating and backpacking trip to the Arctic Circle a few years ago, prepared for “Kicking” by traveling to Guyana for about a week to learn jungle survival techniques from South American experts, swimming with piranha and picking ticks off himself.
“It helped me an immense amount,” Fossum said of his prep work.
What he couldn’t be prepared for, necessarily, was the person he would be paired with: Natalie Casanova, a 29-year-old, pink-haired, tattooed gamer and YouTuber.
“Imagine her reaction: She’s looking at nine studly people, many young, with buff muscles, and she gets the old Boy Scout,” Fossum said, laughing. “Imagine what she’s thinking: ‘I got the old guy.’ ”
Now that's funny - 52 is old!
Edited by RememberSchiff, 05 March 2017 - 07:01 AM.