MTV is reviving the stunt competition series Fear Factor. Ludacris will host the new series, which premieres May 30. The new Fear Factor promises to be more youth-oriented with challenges that involve things like waterlogged cellphones rather than the gross-out challenges that characterized the first go-round, which aired on NBC from 2001-06. Contestants will pair up into four teams to compete for $50,000 (U.S.).
Extra host Mario Lopez and The Talk co-host Sheryl Underwood will preside over the Daytime Emmy Awards on April 30. Mary Hart, who hosted Entertainment Tonight from 1982 to 2011, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, along with Harry Friedman, who produced Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune. Friedman will be honoured at the creative arts ceremony on April 28.
Nancy Kerrigan is talking about her personal struggles after having six miscarriages in an eight-year span. The Olympic figure skating star revealed the miscarriages to her dance partner during Monday’s episode of Dancing With the Stars. In an interview on ABC’s Good Morning America that aired Wednesday, Kerrigan called the miscarriages “devastating.” They happened after the birth of her first child, Matthew, in 1996. She turned to in vitro fertilization for the births of son Brian and daughter Nicole.
German cinematographer Michael Ballhaus, who worked with Martin Scorsese on Gangs of New York, Goodfellas and The Departed, has died after a short illness. He was 81. Ballhaus spent four decades behind the camera. Besides Scorsese, he worked with the late Rainer Werner Fassbinder and other German directors, including Volker Schloendorff. His other credits included The Fabulous Baker Boys, Broadcast News, Working Girl and Quiz Show.