By James Hibberd
October 19, 2011 at 05:30 PM EDT
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EW has found NBC’s secret Fear Factor plans! We had to break into a Van Nuys warehouse and dig through a plexiglass box filled with spiders, but at the bottom we scored the network’s scheduling strategy for the return of the classic reality hit, plus the first photos of the revamped show.

Fear Factor will have a two-hour premiere on Monday, Dec. 12 — taking over the slot after The Sing Off concludes on Dec. 5. Producers have promised a more spectacular edition of the show that takes advantage of modern stunt technology, plus it’s in HD for the first time. Also on board is the show’s original sarcastic host, Joe Rogan (who in the above pic looks more surly than ever).

“The fans of the original show are not going to be disappointed and Rogan is exactly the same — it’s classic, it looks amazing,” says Paul Telegdy, NBC’s president of alternative and late night programming. “I had forgotten why this show has the best title in TV — fear is a primal instinct that you rarely see engaged on television.”

Contestants will once again compete for a $50,000 prize, and face stunts with titles like “Towering Inferno” and the “Helicopter TNT Crash.” NBC has ordered eight initial episodes.

But we promised you photos, right? First here’s another one of a contestant getting, it appears, exploded. Then there’s three more on the second page.

NEXT: MORE FEAR FACTOR PICS, including gross-out challenge involving black goo and scorpions

Image Credit for all pics: Michael Weaver/NBC

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