Internationally known adventurer Bear Grylls (Man vs. Wild) comes to NBC with a new reality competition series, “Get Out Alive” (currently a working title). This marks the first time the international TV star will have his own stateside network show. The show is set up to test teams of two beyond their most extreme imaginations of living out in the wild.
Bear notes that “The goal is to empower people with the ultimate in both survival and teamwork, and that brings incredible reward… but first there must be some pain.” He also went on to call it “raw, tough and unrelenting.”
Paul Telegdy, President of Alternative and Late Night Entertainment, released a statement earlier today noting that
“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!”
Right now, we know that eight episodes have been greenlit and the show is set to air in the summer of 2013. No word yet on creative direction.
From an NBC press release touting Bear’s achievements in television thus far. Grylls’ passion for the outdoors was forged during his childhood in the U.K on the Isle of Wight where his late father taught him to climb and sail. Trained from a young age in martial arts, Grylls went on to spend three years as a soldier in the British Special Forces, serving with 21 SAS. Despite a free-fall parachuting accident in Africa where he broke his back in three places, Grylls went on to become one of the youngest climbers ever to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Today, Grylls is perhaps best known for his international TV series “Man vs. Wild” (known as “Born Survivor” in the U.K.), which has achieved a global audience of over 1.2 billion followers and author of his #1 best-selling book “Mud, Sweat and Tears.”