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Why ‘Survivor’ Fans Will Love CBS’ ‘TKO: Total Knock Out’

On July 11, Kevin Hart brings his unstoppable energy to television, where he’ll host CBS’ competition series TKO: Total Knock Out.

In each episode of TKO, five players from all walks of life take on the show’s massive indoor obstacle course containing elements that executive producer Mark Burnett explains range from “crossing rickety, unstable bridges to running and leaping across moving platforms, and it’s all while your competitors are trying to slow you down by knocking you off the course with huge projectiles.”

Kevin Hart on Game Show 'TKO: Total Knock Out': 'You're Going to Laugh a Lot'

Kevin Hart on Game Show ‘TKO: Total Knock Out’: ‘You’re Going to Laugh a Lot’

The new game show, hosted by the actor-comedian, premieres on CBS on July 11.

So in a case of “us versus them,” while one player attempts the challenging course, the others fire projectiles from the course’s four menacingly named battle stations.

“It’s an obstacle course meets dodgeball,” says Burnett. “It’s athletic, comedic and 100 percent fun.”

Obstacle courses have enjoyed a massive surge in popularity, thanks to races like Spartan Race and Tough Mudder and TV series like Ultimate Beastmaster and American Ninja Warrior.

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Burnett describes the show as ‘like the Olympics for entertainment.’

It was only a matter of time before Burnett turned his producing prowess to the trend, because no one knows obstacle courses better than he does. Burnett started his TV career by producing the international Eco Challenge series before introducing his global hit Survivor with its legendary obstacle course infusion.

Survivor fans will probably find themselves wondering if they’ve seen some of the obstacles on

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