Prepare for blastoff, Mark Burnett fans. The TV mastermind responsible for the likes of Survivor and The Apprentice has set his sights a little higher for his next series.
On October 3, NBC announced an exclusive deal they struck with the mega producer (heard of a little show called The Voice?) and Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, aka Earth’s first commercial spaceline. The end result will be a new reality series called Space Race.
In the elimination competition series, everyday people (read: not astronauts) will compete for a trip to space courtesy of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo. The trip typically costs $250,000 a seat and has a waiting list including Leonardo DiCaprio and Justin Bieber, reports Space.com. The show will also have “unprecedented access” to the home of Virgin Galactic in New Mexico.
“For the past ten years I have relentlessly pursued my dream of using a TV show to give an everyday person the chance to experience the black sky of space and look down upon mother Earth,” Mark waxed poetic about his latest venture via Deadline.
Specific details about the series aren’t yet publicly available but we’ve got a few suggestions for potential challenges: a space food eating contest, moon rover races, and an underwater obstacle course in full astronaut gear, to name a few. And to get rid of the eliminated contestants? Just open the hatch and give em a shove. It’s the new extinguished torch.