December 15, 2012. Extra Challenge is a Philippine reality show (formerly lifestyle show) developed by GMA News and Public Affairs which premiered in 1999. As a reality competition, Extra Challenge features celebrities pitted against each other in several challenges. The show is patterned after American reality-based series, such as Survivor, The Amazing Race, and Fear Factor; Extra Challenge, however, offers a distinctly Filipino style to entice and entertain local viewers as it fuses the trends of the reality show into a single program. Majority of the contestants featured are celebrities, contrasting the standard of their American counterparts. Another deviation is that the hosts themselves initiate or participate in the challenges. In 2012, Extra Challenge was picked by GMA Network for a new season and new hosts – Richard Gutierrez, Marian Rivera, & Norman “Boobay” Balbuena. Contrary to the previous seasons, the latest reincarnation will air on weekends.