FOX has confirmed a few more details about the network’s upcoming survival competition series “Kicking & Screaming,” adding Hannah Simone as the show’s host.
Fans best know Simone as her character “Cece” on FOX’s hit comedy “New Girl”. Hannah Simone won the TEEN CHOICE 2012 Award for Choice TV Breakout Star: Female. She recently starred in and executive-produced the feature film “Miss India America,” which was released earlier this year. The film won the Comcast Narrative Award at the Center for Asian American Media Festival.
Simone also filmed a role in the independent feature “Folk Hero & Funny Guy,” opposite Alex Karpovsky and Melanie Lynskey, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Her other film credits include “Flock of Dudes,” starring opposite Chris D’Elia and Skylar Astin; and Spike Lee’s “Oldboy,” opposite Josh Brolin and Samuel L. Jackson. She also starred in “H+,” a digital series produced by Bryan Singer.
Born in London, Simone grew up living abroad and participating in local theater productions in Saudi Arabia, India, Greece and Canada. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of British Columbia, where she majored in international relations and political science, before going on to work as a human rights and refugee officer with the United Nations in London. She also has a master’s degree from Ryerson University in radio, film and television.
The series, which is produced by Pulse Creative’s Matt Kunitz, in Association with Lionsgate, is currently filming in Fiji for its first season. The first season will debut with eight-episode, it’s planned to premiere on FOX.
The competition series pairs 10 expert survivalists with pampered partners to “face the toughest challenges of their lives,” according to the network. The she’s executive producer, Matt Kunitz, is best known for his work on “Wipeout” and “Fear Factor”. Season 1 will drop the unlikely duos into a tropical jungle in Fiji, where they must overcome dangerous animals, raging rivers, hunger and extreme weather.
The network teases the series stating, “While these no-nonsense survivalists are accustomed to fending for themselves, there’s one thing for which none of their previous expeditions have prepared them: their nature-phobic partners, who think “glamping” is roughing it.”
To win the competition, and a cash prize of $500,000, the experts will have to drag their partners, “Kicking & Screaming” (see now you get the title) to the finish line.