Remember the cryptic pairing that went down in the Scottish Isles a few weeks back with Bear Grylls and actor Ben Stiller? As suspected, it was all being filmed for a new series - and NBC is officially on board.
The network announced today that it has placed an order for six episodes of "Running Wild with Bear Grylls," a reality show of sorts that will feature the 40-year-old survivalist traveling to exotic locations for 48-hours with a celebrity. Besides Stiller, those signed on to participate in the early episodes include Channing Tatum, Zac Efron, former NFL pro Deion Sanders, “Today” anchor Tamron Hall and Tom Arnold.
"‘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 in a statement. "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."
Besides the Isle of Skye in Scotland (where Stiller and Grylls spent the evening inside the Spar Cave), celebs will also face skydiving in the Catskill Mountains and repelling down cliffs in Utah, among other activities.
"Bear's incredible spirit is absolutely contagious, not only with his celebrity partners but with the viewing audience as well. We can't wait to see how these epic adventures will profoundly change those who take the challenge," Paul Telegdy, president or alternative and late night programming at NBC, said in a statement.
Look for "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" to hit NBC on July 28th.
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