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Bear Grylls to Host New NBC Survivalist Show Featuring Celebrities

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By    |   Thursday, 26 Jun 2014 07:23 AM

Bear Grylls, the British adventurer and star of "Man vs. Wild," has landed a new survivalist show that will feature celebrities like Channing Tatum, Zac Efron, and Ben Stiller.

NBC has purchased six episodes of "Running Wild with Bear Grylls," which will take guest stars like NBC "Today" anchor Tamron Hall, former NFL star Deion Sanders, and actor Tom Arnold on outdoor adventures in various locations around the world, according to the Los Angeles Times.

"In the hour-long alternative series . . . the famed adventurer and survivalist will take six celebrities into the wildest and most remote locations in the U.S. and around the world for a 48-hour journey of a lifetime," read a description of the new program on the NBC website.

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"Each of the celebrities endures the harsh wilderness in high-octane, action-based and empowering journeys spread over six remote locations," the statement continued. "From skydiving into the Catskill Mountains, to rappelling down the cliffs of Utah and battling torrential wind and rain in Scotland, Grylls and each celebrity will have to push both their minds and bodies to the limit to successfully complete their journey."

Grylls, best known for his Discovery Channel show "Man vs. Wild," promised in a statement to the Times that the stars will face real challenges in the outdoor environment.

"'Running Wild' allows viewers to see inside the hearts and minds of these guests in a very open, honest, and vulnerable way, pushing them out of their comfort zones and seeing what they are like in real life when stripped of all the benefits of celebrity," Grylls said.

"Ultimately, this show is about taking these stars on the adventure of a lifetime and being alongside them when they discover something new and empowering about themselves and their world. For me, that is always a privilege," he added.

Grylls' survivor competition reality show last summer, "Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls," drew an average 1.5 rating and 4.1 million viewers overall on NBC, according to Nielsen Media Research, as reported by BroadwayWorld.com.

A former member of the British Special Forces, Grylls opened up his first Bear Grylls Survival Academy to the public in the Catskills Mountains last summer.

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