Just a year after Discovery officially terminated its working relationship with survivalist Bear Grylls, the company's Discovery Networks International has signed the adventurer on to a brand new series.
The British television personality will host "Bear Grylls: Ultimate Survivors," a reality series which focuses on true stories of ordinary people stuck in extraordinary situations. Through the use of archive footage, reenactments, and interviews with these true life survivors, the episodes will retell the harrowing situations and the steps taken that lead to their rescue.
"I am super excited to be working with Discovery again – the channel where the Man Vs Wild journey began," said Bear Grylls in a statement announcing the series. "'Bear Grylls: Ultimate Survivors', and any future endeavors, will be intense -- but that’s where the fun is! 'Man Vs. Wild' took me to some of the toughest climates and terrains out there, and this new series is an exciting evolution of that. The aim is to follow incredible real-life survival stories and demonstrate dynamic life-saving know-how along the way."
Back in March 2012, Discovery's stateside branch opted to terminate their contract with Grylls when he allegedly would not (or could not) participate in some projects he was contracted for. The termination led Grylls to a deal with NBC, where he is developing another series entitled "Get Out Alive." Still, there does not appear to be any bad blood between the network and the adventurer, proving that he can indeed survive just about anything.
Luis Silberwasser, chief content officer and executive vp, Discovery Networks International hyped the new series, saying "We are thrilled to welcome Bear back to the Discovery fold. He is a true game-changer in the survival genre, integral in shaping it into the programming powerhouse that it is today. We are now poised to push the limits even further for our international audience."