Published: March 14, 2003

Encore Broadcast of Earlier Vegas Episode Follows

BURBANK, Calif. -- March 14, 2003 -- NBC will offer a primetime "Access Hollywood" special on March 23 that takes viewers behind the scenes and reveals the production of the recent, and highly-rated, 90-minute Las Vegas “Fear Factor” episode.

Hosted by Tony Potts ("Access Hollywood"), “The Making of ‘Fear Factor’” will be broadcast on Sunday, March 23 (7-7:30 p.m. ET) followed by an encore presentation of the “Fear Factor” Las Vegas show (7:30-9 p.m. ET).

In the half-hour special, viewers will see exclusive “backstage” scenes that also include a slide down the face of the massive Luxor Hotel pyramid by Potts, marking the first time a non-contestant has attempted one of the "Fear Factor" challenges.

The March 10 broadcast of the Las Vegas episode allowed “Fear Factor” to soar with records among adults 18-49 (8.0/20) and total viewers (18.3 million). The special edition dominated a first-run “Everybody Loves Raymond” from 9-9:30 p.m., winning by 51 percent among adults 18-49 and 1.2 million viewers overall. This is the first time NBC has beaten a first-run “Raymond” in this half-hour in total viewers since May 3, 1999 (“Noah’s Ark,” Part 2). It's the first time in 18-49 since April 29, 2002 (“ER” crossover on “Third Watch.”

“Fear” and loathing hit Las Vegas when “Fear Factor” made its inaugural road trip and headed to the popular Vegas attractions of “The Strip” and “Fremont Street Experience” where three men and three women faced their fears as they match wits and physical competition to win $50,000 - or much more.

In additional to being the first time that “Fear Factor” and host Joe Rogan traveled out of the greater Los Angeles region to tape an episode, for the first time in the hit reality series’ history, the general public was allowed to witness two of the outrageous stunts being attempted by the contestants.

Spectators gathered at the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas to witness the taping of the first stunt of the episode which will take contestants to the ceiling of the Experience -- 90-feet above a four-block section of a pedestrian promenade located in the city’s “neon center.”

Later, the public was invited to gather outside the Luxor Hotel and Casino (on “The Strip” - Las Vegas Boulevard) with its architecturally unique 36-story pyramid. Potts and the contestants were confronted with 30 stories of dark bronze, sloped glass walls at a 39-degree incline.

Tony Potts joined “Access Hollywood” as correspondent in April 1999, coming to the show after 12 years in television news and sports. He has won an Emmy Award for feature reporting, two Associated Press Awards and one Society of Professional Journalist Award.

“Access Hollywood” is produced by NBC and distributed by NBC Enterprises Domestic Syndication. Rob Silverstein is the executive producer of the special.