September 27, 2007 12:02 AM by Joe Blackmon
On the upcoming reality series Phenomenon, world-renowned mystifier
Criss Angel and famed mentalist Uri Geller will conduct an intensive
search for the next great mentalist. The new series will premiere on
Wednesday, October 24 from 8:00PM to 9:00PM ET on NBC. Phenomenon is
scheduled for a five-week run and will air a special two-hour live
episode on Halloween night, October 31.
Craig Plestis, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, Development and Specials of NBC Entertainment, made the announcement. "To be able to showcase the unique talents of this stunning and mysterious genre on live television, where absolutely anything can happen, ups the ante enormously," said Plestis. "We hope viewers will watch with their friends and talk about and debate what they see, making this a truly interactive television experience."
Phenomenon is based on a successful Israeli version judged and monitored by Geller, which achieved a historical record-breaking viewing audience. According to a show description, Phenomenon showcases 10 carefully selected mentalists who will compete live against one another each week by demonstrating a wide spectrum of mystifying talents on a panel of celebrity guests who experience the spellbinding illusions along with the studio audience.
Together, Geller and Angel will assess the contestant’s talents each week and offer their unfiltered opinions. Ultimately, the fate of the winner is in the hands of the viewers at home, who will vote to determine which competing mentalist will receive the grand prize of $250,000 and become the next great mentalist.
"Phenomenon" is executive produced by Suzy Lamb ("Grease: You’re The One That I Want"), Michael Agbabian ("Last Comic Standing") and Dwight Smith ("Last Comic Standing"). The series is a Granada America/Keshet Broadcasting/Kuperman Productions co-production in association with SevenOne International. SevenOne International controls the worldwide rights to the program.