A+E Networks-owned History is prepping a new eight-episode series testing human pain with the help of wild animals.
Kings of Pain follows wildlife biologist Adam Thorn and professional animal handler Rob “Caveman” Alleva as they get bit and stung by some of the most dangerous animals and insects in the world.
Their goal? To create a complete and comprehensive pain index that could potentially save lives. The two will build on the work of entomologist Justin O. Schmidt, who subjected himself to harm in 1983 to develop a 1-4 scale of pain related to insect stings. Thorn and Alleva are adding venomous bites and more deadly creatures to create a 30-point scale.
Kings Of Pain is produced for History by Propagate Content. Ben Silverman, Howard T. Owens, David Carr, Brett-Patrick Jenkins and Laurie Girion are executive producers for Propagate. Eli Lehrer, Mary Donahue and Max Micallef serve as executive producers for History.
“Insect and other venoms work magic, and, in a sense, pain makes the world go around as it lets all organisms know that something is wrong or dangerous and needs to be acted upon,” said Schmidt in a statement. “Rob and Adam are taking the concept of pain and my original pain scale to a higher realm with some of the most impressive stinging and pain-inducing animals we’ve ever seen. In the process, they are advancing our knowledge of pain and the human experience and ultimately we are going to learn so much from this.”
“While the premise of this series may seem crazy, Adam and Rob are wildlife experts on a very important mission,” added Lehrer, EVP and GM for History. “While most people would flee, Adam and Rob go to great lengths safely scouring remote jungles and secluded beaches to test their pain limits in the name of science. We hope Kings of Pain will keep viewers at the edge of their seats during every scream, wince and puncture wound that brings our guys closer to updating history’s ultimate pain index.”
Kings Of Pain will have its one-hour series premiere on History Nov. 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.