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CBS Announces TKO, A New Competition Series From Producer Mark Burnett

This summer, a 10-episode series will set players against a daunting obstacle course for a cash prize.
Posted on Feb 20, 2018 | 10:20am
Mark Burnett is at it again!

The same producer who has brought you Survivor and the new upcoming global talent competition The World's Best, is adding another exciting show, to his list of work.

This time, it's all about taking on an obstacle course—with a twist!

Senior Vice President of Alternative Programming Sharon Vuong announced that the 10-episode summer series—TKO (working title)—features one player racing through daunting obstacles while the other contestants are manning battle stations along the course, firing over-the-top projectiles in an attempt to knock them off and slow them down.

It's a physical and funny "us versus them" scenario, with the top two players advancing to the final showdown to face off for a cash prize.

"Mark Burnett is a master at creating exciting competitions that make for entertaining television," said Vuong. "We are thrilled to partner with him and his team on this wild and fun summer series."

"TKO is unlike any other competition show on television. It's an obstacle course meets dodgeball. It will create amazing viral moments," said Burnett. "I've got a great history with CBS, and I'm excited to be premiering this summer."

TKO will be produced by MGM Television and distributed internationally by MGM. Mark Burnett, President MGM Television Group and Digital, and Barry Poznick, President, Unscripted Television, MGM, are executive producers.

TKO is an original format created by Steve Hughes and Sean Kelly of Shaggy Entertainment, Inc.

Stay tuned for more information on TKO on

Plus, watch the season premiere of Survivor: Ghost Island on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access