Jeff Probst's five reasons to watch 'Live for the Moment'

Three days ago, my friend Dalton Ross at Entertainment Weekly sent me an email and kindly offered me the opportunity to promote my new show Live for the Moment airing tonight at 8 p.m. on CBS and I said, “Absolutely!”

What I thought I would do with this open-ended opportunity from EW.COM is use it as my own very public focus group. If you watch the show, I’d love for you to then respond to this column and tell me if you liked it or not. Tell me if you’d like to see more episodes, the kinds of people you’d like to see us feature. All of it. How’s that sound?

But… first things first: WHAT IS IT?

Live for the Moment tells the story of someone who has experienced a life-changing event that inspired them to change how they live their life. We send them on a series of adventures which offer major thrills and life lessons on how to live a bigger, better life.

Each week we’ll feature someone different. Our pilot episode features Roger Childs, a husband and father of two from Denver who has been diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. It’s a daunting diagnosis, but when you see how it has inspired Roger to live his life you’ll be blown away.

Future episodes might feature someone who survived a plane crash, or a former athlete that was paralyzed. It’s all about people who have come to realize that life truly is short and we should all be enjoying our days as much as we can!

5 REASONS TO WATCH LIVE FOR THE MOMENT

1. It may change how you live your life: I know it’s a bold comment, but if we did this show right, I really believe it may inspire you to live a fuller life, and there’s nothing wrong with that, right?

2. It offers kickass adventure: A phenomenal space shuttle launch at dusk with astronaut Buzz Aldrin as tour guide. A full-on Russian fighter jet flight through the California mountains and some beautiful heli-skiing in Telluride – all with a family you will love the moment you meet them.

3. Family viewing rocks: For 10 years, Thursday nights at 8 on CBS has been the home of Survivor where families can watch great television together. That’s why CBS put Live For The Moment on in this same time slot, because we know you want something you can watch with your family. Big adventure and inspiration. We have both. It’s a great combination.

4. Favor to me: If you’ve enjoyed anything I’ve done on Survivor over the past 10 years and 20 seasons, I’m asking you to take a chance, give it a watch, and then respond to this column and let me know if you’d watch it again.

5. You can be a television programmer: Love it or hate it, write to me and tell me! Let’s do this together! CBS will read this and if enough people respond… your comments will have an impact on whether we do more episodes or not. Then you can add “television executive” to your resume!

If I’ve captured your attention, go check out a trailer for it right now at: www.cbs.com/liveforthemoment

Remember it airs this Thursday, Jan. 28th at 8pm on CBS.

Photo credit: CBS

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  • TorontoTom

    Anthing for you, Probster. I’ll be watching.

    • Daniel

      Same here Jeff, you’re the man.

      • firemenfriends

        I love jeff’s large unit

    • Nancy Smith

      Watching your show now. I have a friend dying from ALS and he is an inspiration to everyone. He has a tatoo that says till the wheels fall off. He has taught me to live everyday like it is your last. Thanks for sharing such a great show.

    • Sarah

      Being a parent of a child who was dx with a serious seizure disorder at 5 months old (Infantile Spasms), I can fully appreciate how precious life is, and living it to its fullest, every day… This program embodies that gift, given to those who never asked or expected it, but embraced it nonetheless… It will inspire and encourage us all to live fuller, braver, and with more love and appreciation for the lives we’ve been given. Bravo!!!

    • Alison

      I was in tears watching the show at the amazing experiences Roger and his family got to see. It sort of reminded me of a funeral but for someone alive, so they can see all the people who really do give a dam about him, and how important he is to everyone he met. The only thing that I really noticed was that it seemed like a twisted version of Survivor. The book they gave him with the little “tree mails” inside. Jeff introducing the reward, and go and enjoy your reward, Survivors Ready? GO!!! and when Jeff was talking to ppl, sounded like a really nice tribal council :) I love Jeff and will watch anything he does, being a fellow alum from the High School I graduated from.

  • Sil

    Count me in!

  • jessica

    I will definitely check it out! I’m sure it will be great if it involves you Jeff!

  • AA

    Is it like Phil Keoghan’s “No Opportunity Wasted” series?

    • Jason

      That’s exactly what I thought of when I read about this show. The idea sounds quite similar… and even the title is quite similar. “Live for the Moment” is just another way of saying “No Opportunity Wasted”. No disrespect to Jeff Probst… I think you’re an amazing host and I’m a hardcore Survivor fan… but it’s hard not to notice the similarities. I’ll still check out the show.

      • Katie G

        I had the same exact thought!

      • shawn

        liked it the first time when good ole testa-phil keoghan did it. where is “browsie” anyway?

      • Jeff Probst

        Screw you, don’t watch my show then and you and Phil can go eat a koala.

      • Greenjenny

        Ha Ha, Jeff actually reads these posts…you can kiss his royal buttocks you peasants!!

  • Mike

    I’ll watch, Jeff, as long as you promise not to let filming of more episodes interfere with Survivor!! That should be your priority, because I for one would be devastated if you left the show!

  • CanCan

    I doubt I’ll watch. Seems like it’s been done before.

    • hochelaga

      reminds me a little too much of the tearjerky xtreme home makeover show to me …enough of heartfelt schmaltzy manipulation of my tear ducts!
      I will give a look, later,
      right now tv is not a priority!

  • Tim

    Looking forward to it. You’re the man Probst!

  • Dana

    For you Jeff will give it a try will give feedback in am

  • Ian

    I’ll be watching, but CBS blocks ALL promo material from Canada so I can’t see the trailer.

    CBS, you KNOW Canada makes up 25% of the Survivor viewing audience.

    • leo

      It was on Ian, but you’re right – I just happened to have it on the right channel when I got home from work. Some reminders would be helpful especially with the title not connecting them to Jeff Probst.

  • Maggie

    I watched the preview & absolutely love it!

  • Aaron

    I’ll watch if you promise to keep doing Survivor in return. Deal?

    • therachel84

      Add me to this deal!

    • James D

      I’m in too, Can’t wait to watch tonight’s show.

    • Anne

      I’ve actually been quite stressed over whether you’re going to renew your Survivor contract. Please do! I’m terribly afraid the show will suck once you’re no longer on it.

  • Mike7 (Chicago)

    I’m looking forward to watching the show tonight!

  • Brandy

    I just called my brother at home to set his DVR for this. I need to know how to set mine from work. DirecTv one.

  • Michelee

    I’ll watch as long as you promise to keep doing survivor while it’s on

  • Dianna

    I hope I can watch if we still have power after the ice storm I will gladly watch this show, anything for Jeff.

    • zella cox

      great show! hope to see more of them.

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