NBC brings Bear Grylls’ “Island” Stateside

U.S. broadcaster NBC has ordered six episodes of the Bear Grylls-fronted survival series The Island. (Pictured: the UK version, which aired on Channel 4)
March 26, 2015

U.S. broadcaster NBC has ordered six episodes of the Bear Grylls-fronted adventure series The Island.

Produced by Endemol Shine North America and Bear Grylls Ventures, the 6 x 60-minute program is based on the original series for UK broadcaster Channel 4 and again follows adventurer Grylls as he challenges a group of male participants to survive on a desert island without basic necessities.

In addition, much like the original format, the U.S. series does not have any prizes, eliminations, or winners. The 14 participants – which include a stay-at-home dad, trauma surgeon, firefighter and criminal defense attorney – must hunt for food, source water and build their own shelters.

According to the net, “The six episodes will show what happens when 14 American men are abandoned on a deserted island with only the clothes on their backs, minimal survival tools and committed to filming every moment themselves.”

“This experiment reveals, in a shocking way, whether modern man, when pushed, can still summon all the resolve, ingenuity and strength that traditionally made a ‘man’s man’, or whether our society’s cushioning has meant we have lost those hard-earned skills of our ancestors,” said Grylls in a statement.

The network has previously aired Grylls-fronted series such as Running Wild with Bear Grylls, coproduced with Electus, and Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls.

Executive producers on The Island include Bear Grylls, Eden Gaha, Michael Brooks, Holly Wofford and Delbert Shoopman.

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