The horror/game show hybrid "Release the Hounds" which debuted on the UK's ITV2 last year as a Halloween special before getting its very own release here in the states through Blackbox TV has been given a full season order. The one-off episode received positive notices for the premise, and an outpouring of interest on Twitter. ITV has now commissioned a six-episode series to be produced by Sony Pictures Television's UK production joint venture Gogglebox. Apparently people enjoy watching others have the living shit scared out of them on a daily basis—who knew!
"Release The Hounds" mixes two genres by sending unsuspecting contestants into a forest at dusk as they seek out chests full of prize money. In order to win big, they must outrun a pack of hounds trained to guard the cash.
Production will start on the hourlong show this spring. Gogglebox created the series with Sony Pictures Television distributing the format internationally; it’s currently in discussions with other territories.