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The Challenge: USA

The Challenge: USA

  • Premiered: 
    July 6, 2022
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  • Network: CBS
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Spinoff of The Challenge 
  • Subject Matter: Participation
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Plot Synopsis

Hosted by T.J. Lavin, THE CHALLENGE: USA is a reality series that features fan favorites from SURVIVOR, BIG BROTHER, THE AMAZING RACE and LOVE ISLAND who compete in unpredictable and demanding games. Upon arrival, the contestants are given $1,000 to start their individual challenge accounts, and they quickly discover they must battle to keep and increase their handsome reward. In each episode, an algorithm pairs competitors who face off to earn money for their accounts by winning challenges or eliminating their opponents. This is not an easy task, as they are paired with a randomly selected competitor every episode, making alliances and strategies more difficult than ever. Players must adapt to survive the game and protect their challenge accounts. With the $500,000 grand prize and title of Challenge Champion on the line, players are in a constant state of paranoia, unable to trust anyone but themselves. Plus, in addition to the prize money, the cast of THE CHALLENGE: USA competes for a spot on THE CHALLENGE: GLOBAL CHAMPIONSHIP that will stream exclusively on Paramount+.

Following are the players competing on Season 1 of THE CHALLENGE: USA: Domenick Abbate (SURVIVOR 36), Azah Awasum (BIG BROTHER 23), David Alexander (BIG BROTHER 21, 22), Tasha Fox (SURVIVOR 28, 31), Tyson Apostol (SURVIVOR 18, 20, 27 Winner, 40), Kyra Green (LOVE ISLAND 1), Cashel Barnett (LOVE ISLAND 1), Alyssa Lopez (BIG BROTHER 23), Ben Driebergen (SURVIVOR 35 Winner, 40), Sarah Lacina (SURVIVOR 28, 34 Winner, 40), Melvin 'Cinco' Holland Jr. (LOVE ISLAND 3), Tiffany Mitchell (BIG BROTHER 23), Danny McCray (SURVIVOR 41), Justine Ndiba (LOVE ISLAND 2 Winner), Enzo Palumbo (BIG BROTHER 12, 22), Cayla Platt (THE AMAZING RACE 33), Xavier Prather (BIG BROTHER 23 Winner), Cashay Proudfoot (LOVE ISLAND 3), Leo Temory (THE AMAZING RACE 23, 24, 31), Angela Rummans (BIG BROTHER 20), Javonny Vega (LOVE ISLAND 3), Shannon St. Clair (LOVE ISLAND 3), James Wallington (THE AMAZING RACE 32 Winner), Shan Smith (SURVIVOR 41), Kyland Young (BIG BROTHER 23), Desi Williams (SURVIVOR 35), Derek Xiao (BIG BROTHER 23), and Cely Vazquez (LOVE ISLAND 2).

The sophomore season of THE CHALLENGE: USA premiered on Thursday, August 10, 2023 at 10pm ET/PT on CBS. The two-part season opener kicks off on Thursday and continues on Sunday, August 13. TJ Lavin returns as host. In the season opener, "The Riskiest Season Yet," the 18 CBS reality titans from BIG BROTHER, SURVIVOR and THE AMAZING RACE are shocked to learn that they will be competing amongst six legendary veterans from MTV's THE CHALLENGE, and host TJ Lavin introduces a new twist that will put multiple players at risk at the first elimination. Following are the players competing on the second season of THE CHALLENGE: USA: Wes Bergmann CHALLENGE VET; Michaela Bradshaw SURVIVOR; Paulie Calafiore BIG BROTHER; Cassidy Clark SURVIVOR; Luis Colon THE AMAZING RACE; Tyler Crispen BIG BROTHER; Tori Deal CHALLENGE VET; Johnny "Bananas" Devenanzio CHALLENGE VET; Michele Fitzgerald SURVIVOR; Amanda Garcia CHALLENGE VET; Dusty Harris THE AMAZING RACE; Chanelle Howell SURVIVOR; Ameerah Jones BIG BROTHER; Alyssa Lopez BIG BROTHER; Jonna Mannion (Stephens) CHALLENGE VET; Josh Martinez BIG BROTHER; Tiffany Mitchell BIG BROTHER; Sebastian Noel SURVIVOR; Faysal Shafaat BIG BROTHER; Alyssa Snider BIG BROTHER; Monte Taylor BIG BROTHER; Chris Underwood SURVIVOR; Cory Wharton CHALLENGE VET; and Desi Williams SURVIVOR.
On Thursday, October 19, 2023 at 10:20pm ET/10pm PT, CBS premiered "The Pursuit of Glory," the Season 2 finale of THE CHALLENGE: USA. The final eight competitors battle it out in a grueling two-day final challenge where only one man and one woman will have the chance to be crowned champions and split the $500,000 grand prize.


Other Titles

  • Also known as: MTV Presents The Challenge: USA

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by MTV Entertainment Studios
  • Produced by Bunim-Murray Productions