The physical competition series sub-genre of unscripted is broadening its talent pool somewhat, with Discovery commissioning Red Arrow Studios’ Kinetic Content to produce the unscripted competition series Man Vs. Bear.
Commencing with the series premiere on December 4, each week, three Grizzlies — Bart, Honey Bump and Tank — will take on three human competitors at their Utah sanctuary in five distinct challenges designed to test speed, strength and stamina.
The challenges will be based on the bears’ natural instincts as well as predatory skills and actions, whether it’s engaging in a game of “tug of war” or using brute force to roll giant logs.
In the final round, the two top competitors will come together to face Bart, standing eight feet, six inches tall and weighing 1,400 pounds.
The human competitor who earns the most points of the day will be named champion.
At the end of each season, the top three competitors with the most points will return one more time for the super-human showdown against the bears.
The series will also include commentary from on-the-ground experts Brandon Tierney, host of CBS Sports Radio talk show Tiki and Tierney, and Casey Anderson, wildlife expert, filmmaker and founder of the Montana Grizzly Encounter.
In addition to watching the series on Discovery, viewers will also be able to stream new episodes each week on the Discovery GO app.
For Discovery Channel, Joseph Boyle and Bill Howard are executive producers. Jessica Mollo is associate producer.