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Discovery maroons sparring politicians on “Rival Survival”

Discovery Channel is getting political in its forthcoming series Rival Survival (pictured), which pits U.S. senators from opposing parties against one another on a remote island.
September 12, 2014

Discovery Channel is getting political in its forthcoming series Rival Survival (pictured), which pits two political adversaries against one another on a remote island.

Once they are stranded on the island of Eru, Marshall Islands, Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona (pictured below, right), a Republican, and Senator Martin Heinrich of New Mexico (left), a Democrat, must work together to survive the elements and their surroundings over the course of a week.

Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, Flake served in the House of Representatives for six consecutive terms from 2001 to 2013, and is vocal on issues such as government spending and immigration reform.

Meanwhile, Heinrich – who sits on the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee – is a self-described conservationist and takes a progressive approach to education, health care and social security.

On Rival Survival, the politicians are given three items to share, and must work together to catch fish, build shelter and gather water for the week.

The series is produced by Naked and Afraid firm Renegade, and will debut on Discovery on October 29 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.

Executive producers from Renegade include David Garfinkle, Jay Renfroe and Sean Foley, while Denise Contis and Craig Coffman serve as EPs for Discovery.
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