As host of The CW’s new competition series Capture, shark diving expert, marine biologist, and now television host Luke Tipple is basically a much more diplomatic version of T.J. Lavin on MTV’s The Challenge. Each week Tipple will keep the hunter’s game going smoothly by reminding of the rules, moderating over the votes, and generally summarizing the happenings as one team gets the honor of being the hunters and has to chase the others through a densely populated wooded area to capture two teams or risk being sent home themselves. Even when contestants make terrible errors, completely succumb to shortcomings, or give in to tensions with their own teammates or others’, Tipple keeps the peace, all while reminding the at-home audience that though people are chasing each other through the woods, it’s really just fun and competition– you know, maybe a bit more like a really high stakes ($250,000 grand prize) game of tag rather than the could-be-fatal The Hunger Games.
“It is kind of scary! People are chasing you through the woods. At the very beginning of the show I say ‘You will hunt and be hunted’, and that is the prime directive of the show. Everything is real about the hunt, from the stalking to the tracking to the…foot race. The only thing that’s different in the ‘kill hunt’ is that we’re digitally capturing them,” Tipple said when LA TV Insider Examiner caught up with him in Los Angeles.
“They get put inside a jail cell, and they have to wait until elimination.”
Interesting behind-the-scenes note, though, Tipple shared that they don’t make the captured teams stay in the jail cell (which really just looks like an open circus or zoo cage) the entire time overnight. If they have to go to the bathroom, they are walked out of the cell to a separate area and then walked back in; no one is asked to dig a hole off to one corner. So it really could be so much worse than it seems!
The first episode will see the various teams being sent into the woods on foot to elude capture. If they stop and stand still in one spot or attempt to hide for more than three minutes, their placement becomes visible to the Hunter team, making it easier for them to be tracked. But as episodes go on, Tipple previewed that there would be additional obstacles thrown in, and a solid strategy would be to pay careful attention to what he tips off.
“I look at it like in the wild, a successful herd is one that accepts the weakest will be taken out by predators. I’d find a couple of weak teams that I could help– you don’t want to take them out right away. You want a couple of weak teams around just in case you make a mistake,” Tipple said.
“I’d also not make a mistake of discounting the advice of what the game-master is giving me. When I tell you you will need this item, or you will need this food, or you need to go here, listen to me! The ones who don’t may pay a price.”
Capture premieres on July 30th 2013 at 9 p.m. Be sure to check out our full video interview with Tipple, too!
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