Bear Grylls is brushing off his survival gear for his first return to television since being shown the door by the Discovery Channel in March over a contract dispute


The 38-year-old former star of the hugely popular "Man vs Wild" has signed on to host a new competitive reality series for NBC tentatively titled "Get Out Alive." According to Variety, the show will have Grylls guiding teams who are tested in the wilderness through various tasks and missions.


"'Get Out Alive' will be raw, tough and unrelenting, but it will also inspire and teach the essentials that one day may just save your life," Grylls said in a statement. "The goal is to empower people with the ultimate in both survival and teamwork, and that brings incredible reward but first there must be some pain."


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The series will mark the first time that the survivalist has appeared on network television; with NBC naturally pumped to introduce him to a whole new audience. 


“To meet Bear is to meet a force of nature,” said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment. “He is a magnetic and charismatic talent, whose infectious enthusiasm for adventure inspires people to push themselves beyond their limits. These contestants are in for the ride of their lives!”


The eight-episode series will premiere next summer in primetime. 


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Bear Grylls to host new NBC survival reality series
'Get Out Alive' to test competitors in the wilderness through various tasks and missions.