Will CBS’s ‘Hunted’ Be Your Next Reality Show Obsession?

HUNTED follows nine teams of two in a real-life manhunt as they attempt the nearly impossible task of disappearing in today’s vast digital world, as highly skilled investigators combine state-of-the-art tracking methods with traditional tactics to pursue and catch them. The high-stakes competition series will premiere following the NFL’s AFC Championship game, on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/7:00-8:00 PM, PT – time is approximate after post-game coverage). The series moves to Wednesdays on Jan. 25, 2017, with a special two-hour episode, 8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT. In subsequent weeks, it will air 8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT. Pictured: Lee and Hilmar. Photo: CBS ©2016 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Being Jason Bourne is a lot harder than it looks. Just ask the contestants on CBS’s new reality competition, Hunted.

Based on a hit U.K. series, the show challenges everyday folks to play fugitive, sending nine teams of two (like Lee Wilson and Hilmar Skagfield, above) on the run from a crew of highly trained investigators—including former FBI, CIA and SWAT agents—hot on their trail. Armed with few resources, the outlaws must navigate through the southeastern U.S. while somehow managing to not leave physical or digital footprints. “It’s really exciting,” says executive producer Laura Fuest Silva, “because it tests both their physical and mental abilities.”

Each duo that evades capture for 28 days straight will win $250,000 and, according to Silva, the biggest obstacle standing between them and the prize money is willpower. “You know what you’re supposed to do, but what if you miss your family and make a phone call that gives you away?” Silva notes. “Can you change your patterns on a basic human level? It all comes down to psychology.” That, and maybe a few carrier pigeons.

Hunted, Series Premiere Sunday, Jan. 22, 10/9c (approximate; immediately following the NFL AFC Championship Game), CBS