was a reality television
show screened in the USA
in late 2001
. It was a game show
in a race
format where teams raced around the world with few or no resources. It has nothing to do with LOST
, the American TV series.
The premise was similar to The Amazing Race
, except the three two-member teams knew only the final destination (thousands of miles away) and were given only a backpack full of clothes and other essentials. In addition, team members were not acquainted with one another prior to the show, and were assigned to teams. Contestants were blindfolded and dropped off in the desert of an unknown country to find their way back to the US. The US finish line was the Statue of Liberty
in New York City, and Nelson's Column in London served as the finish line in the UK version.
The show was produced by Conaco
, a production company owned by Conan O'Brien
. Sports broadcaster Al Trautwig
narrated the show.
With the show premiering to dismal ratings
, only two of the three sets of three episodes were produced; NBC
blamed the lackluster numbers on the show debuting just before the September 11, 2001 attacks
. The first set debuted on September 4, 2001. During this first set, the teams were abandoned in Mongolia
. The winners from the first set were announced on the final episode, airing a week later than scheduled (due to the 9/11 attacks pre-empting the airing of the second episode). While the second set was set to debut the next week, NBC put the... Read More