Bear Grylls, the former star of Discovery’s “Man vs. Wild,” will be appearing in a competition series, NBC announced Monday.
This time Grylls will have some competition during his adventures in the wild.
Paul Telegdy, president of alternative and late night programming at NBC, said in a statement: "To meet Bear is to meet a force of nature. He is a magnetic and charismatic talent, whose infectious enthusiasm for adventure inspires people to push themselves beyond their limits. These contestants are in for the ride of their lives!"
The new NBC series, “Get Out Alive,” is to air next summer, and the network has ordered eight episodes.
Grylls, 38, will be guiding two teams in their adventures, according to the Associated Press. He said the competitors will be taught survival skills and teamwork but ultimately will still have to suffer before they are able to reap the benefits of roughing it in the wild.
The British survival star will be co-producing the series with Eletus, the studio run by a former chief of entertainment for NBC, Ben Silverman.
Bear Grylls has accomplished feats like climbing to the top of Mount Everest and crossing the North Atlantic in an inflatable boat. He even drank his own urine for nourishment and slept inside of a camel carcass when in the desert.
Grylls and “Man vs. Wild” received a backlash when viewers noticed that he wsa not presenting survival situations exactly as they happened.
Grylls was fired by the Discovery channel in March due to disagreements over his contract. He had been working on the show since 2006.
The channel said "due to a continuing contractual dispute with Bear Grylls, Discovery has terminated all current productions with him," Reuters reported.