“Survivorman” to return to OLN

Canadian specialty network OLN has begun production on four Survivorman specials slated to air in the summer of 2012. (Pictured: Survivorman's Les Stroud)
December 16, 2011

Canadian specialty network OLN has begun production on four Survivorman specials set to air in the summer of 2012.

The four specials will see survival expert Les Stroud filming his latest adventure, where he must find his own food, water and shelter in the wild, over the course of 10 days. He only has his trusty multi-tool and camera equipment as he sets out on this dangerous journey.

“I will up the ante by staying out for 10 full days, which by any survival standard is intense and difficult,” Stroud told realscreen.

Survivorman was the first of its kind starting in 2001 and eventually launching an entire genre of ‘survival tv’ but I have always stayed true to the core values of the format,” he added. “Still no camera crew, still no acting out survival scenarios. I will go through what I must for ‘real’ and film it all myself.”

The specials are commissioned by OLN’s original content team and produced by SMTEN.

Survivorman and Les Stroud Beyond Survival have been fan favorites and marquee series on OLN for seven years,” said Claire Freeland, director of development and production, Rogers Media Television. “We are looking forward to working with Les again, bringing viewers new, rugged and extreme adventures.”

The Survivorman series has aired on Discovery Channel and Science in the U.S.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.