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The Triumph Return of Bear Grylls

BY RELEVANT CULTURE / ISSUE 63 / TV April 10, 2013

The reality star who has shown audiences how to do anything—and by anything, we quite literally mean anything—to survive in the wild is returning to TV with two new shows. The first, Bear Grylls: Ultimate Survivor, reunites the survival expert with the Discovery Channel, the network behind the series that first introduced Grylls to American audiences in 2006 with Man vs. Wild. On the show, which will air on international channels, Grylls re-enacts real-life disaster scenarios as told by the people who lived them. But these aren’t exactly it-could-happen-to-anyone situations. They’re more along the lines of crashing an airplane into the Amazon rainforest or getting stuck in a crevasse deep in the European Alps.
On his unscripted NBC competition show Get Out Alive, which airs this summer, two teams compete in a wildlife survival competition that, as Grylls describes it, sounds like Survivor meets The Hunger Games. “The goal is to empower people with the ultimate in both survival and teamwork,” Grylls says, “and that brings incredible reward … but first there must be some pain.”
Empowerment. Survival. Pain. From Grylls. We’d expect nothing less.

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