British survivalist Bear Grylls (pictured) will star in an NBC adventure-reality competition series that will debut next summer.
Coproduced by Bear Grylls Ventures and Los Angeles-based multimedia studio Electus, Get Out Alive (working title) marks the Man vs Wild star’s return to television after he ended his relationship with Discovery Channel following a contract dispute earlier this year.
The eight-episode series “will test teams of two beyond their most extreme imaginations in the wild,” according to the U.S. broadcaster.
“To meet Bear is to meet a force of nature,” said Paul Telegdy, the network’s president of alternative and late night programming said in a statement. “He is a magnetic and charismatic talent, whose infectious enthusiasm for adventure inspires people to push themselves beyond their limits.”
“Get Out Alive will be raw, tough and unrelenting, but it will also inspire and teach the essentials that one day may just save your life,” Grylls added. “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.”
A former member of Britain’s Special Air Service, Grylls made his name as an extreme adventurer in the late 1990s and rose to fame as a television personality, motivational speaker and author after the survivalist series Man Vs. Wild (known as Born Survivor in the United Kingdom) premiered in the United States on Discovery in 2006.
The show aired globally for six seasons but ended, reportedly because the cable network was unable to convince the star to participate in two projects that he was contracted to do.
Grylls confirmed that a disagreement over “new programming” led the network to terminate their arrangement.