St. Augustine resident on CBS series Hunted

HUNTED follows nine teams of two in a real-life manhunt as they attempt the nearly impossible task of disappearing in today’s vast digital world, as highly skilled investigators combine state-of-the-art tracking methods with traditional tactics to pursue and catch them. The high-stakes competition series will premiere following the NFL’s AFC Championship game, on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/7:00-8:00 PM, PT – time is approximate after post-game coverage). The series moves to Wednesdays on Jan. 25, 2017, with a special two-hour episode, 8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT. In subsequent weeks, it will air 8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT. Pictured: Hunter Team Bravo JERMAINE FINKS, CHAD LIGHT Photo: Monty Brinton/CBS ©2016 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Pictured: Hunter Team Bravo
JERMAINE FINKS, CHAD LIGHT
Photo: Monty Brinton/CBS
©2016 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

// by Sarah Carter

St. Augustine resident Chad Light just finished a role on the CBS series Hunted. The show followed teams known as “fugitives" who try to stay undetected from teams of "hunters" that are given information from a 14-member group of highly trained intelligence agents. Light talked with us about his role on the show, which had its finale earlier this week.

What was “Hunted” all about?

“There are nine teams of two fugitives, some are couples and some are just friends that have to work together while on the run for 28 days and must stay undetected. Then there are two hunters per team that come from former military backgrounds. If a team goes undetected for 28 days they will win $250,000.”

How do you track people down? Were you given any information before starting the hunt?

“Jermaine and I were proactive we never sat still from the minute we were told to go to the minute we were told to sit still. After Chele and Troy and were captured we went after the other team.”

“We’re given their last name and their last location and we would go from there. We would go to their previous employment and by the end of the third day we knew they would probably be in the woods shortly after. Also, the family helped a lot not by giving information on the team’s location, but by talking to Jermaine and myself, they would let us know where the team would probably go.”

How did you get cast on the show?

“Somebody knew somebody who knew somebody who knew this fit my skill set and I got a call. I fell in line with what they wanted but they originally wanted me to be in command but I wanted to be out in the field. I was in the United States Army Special Forces for more than a decade, so I was qualified.”

Did you know your teammate Jermaine Finks before the show?

“No, but we became friends during the show, he worked in homeland security before the show, so he had background as well.”

How many times are you featured on the show? What was your reaction watching each one?

“I was featured on two or three episodes. We were just as excited see everything first as well, it's just exciting to see each episode every week."

Have you ever been on a TV before?

“Yes, I played El Conquistador in El Conquistador Returns.”

What were some of your experiences on the show?

“It’s the thrill of the hunt and being good at your job. I had a really good time and met a lot of people in the same field as me, and I just got a lot of good contacts in the field of security.”

What are your plans now that Hunted is over?

“If there’s a second season then I would love to work on it. I did the sculpture of the doomed cargo ship El Faro, so I try to do one or two major sculptures a year, so that is another thing.”

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The show had two winning teams, Stephen and English King from Hillsborough, NC, and Lee Wilson and Hilmar Skagfield from Jackson, TN and Tallahassee, FL, respectively. Each team won $250,000. To watch full episodes of Hunted, visit CBS.com.