You’ve seen reality television shows involving celebrities doing odd things, and because of that, you’ve probably noticed how rarely these celebrities are ones you’d actually like to see. Well, NBC and Bear Grylls are here to change that. The survivalist and the network have partnered together to put together a new show that will see its host take some A-list personalities into the woods for 48 hour taped expeditions.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the program will be called Running Wild With Bear Grylls. It will feature 6 episodes, all of which will be one hour long and chronicle the 48 hours Grylls spent with the week’s chosen celebrity. Along the way, we’ll see Channing Tatum, Zac Efron, Ben Stiller, Deion Sanders, Tom Arnold and Tamron Hall, the last of which is best known as the anchor of Today. Cross-promoting brands for the win.
Here’s what Bear Grylls had to say about the upcoming project…
“Running Wild allows viewers to see inside the hearts and minds of these guests in a very open, honest and vulnerable way, pushing them out of their comfort zones and seeing what they are like in real life when stripped of all the benefits of celebrity.”
We haven’t been given a blow-by-blow description of exactly what each celebrity will be doing during their two-day adventure, but among the activities NBC has promised are skydiving, repelling down cliffs and battling the elements in Scotland. None of those sound quite as horrifying as what Grylls used to deal with on a regular basic on Man vs Wild, but I suppose none of us should expect Ben Stiller to literally grab a bull by his horns.
The key to this show is how much equity with fans Bear Grylls built up over the years. His shows were so well-liked and so interesting that celebrities were willing to put their faith in his new project—that it wasn’t just a gimmick or an excuse for people to watch them get scared. Instead, it’s a chance to go on a crazy adventure with the host and have all of it taped. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?
Running Wild With Bear Grylls will premiere on Monday, July 28 on NBC.