Hosted by Bear Grylls, Man vs. Wild is a show, not unlike Survivorman, in which we the viewers watch the host try to survive in extreme conditions somewhere on the planet each week. The show sparked controversy this past Summer however, when word got out that host Bear Grylls wasn’t always fully upfront with his activities in the field. Some of his methods were called into question, and we even learned that he may have spent some of his nights in a warm hotel room with his crew rather than “surviving” out in the wild.
Since that time, the show is said to have refocused, with more of an emphasis on staying true to it’s roots. Grylls, a charismatic and entertaining guy, took a lot of heat for his purported antics, as did the BBC and Discovery Channel which co-produce and broadcast his show.
This season, the show will spend two episodes in the chosen environment as opposed to one episode in the past. When the new episodes start on Nov. 9th we’ll kick things of in the Sahara desert and that will continue on the Nov. 16th episode as well. From there, we’ll get two episodes in the jungles of Panama, followed by two episodes in Patagonia.
At some point this fall we should also see Bear’s Mission Everest which will follow his attempt to fly a paraglider over Mount Everest this past Spring. That event is also steeped in controversy as to whether or not he actually made it. Bear claims he did, but there is little independent proof of the fact. The video should shed a lot of light on the subject. No word as to when that special will air however.
So, let a new battle of Bear vs. Les begin. Take it to the comments section, and lets be civil people! 😉
Update: Azzfan, who is clearly much better than I am at searching the Discovery Channel website, posted a comment earlier today that Bear’s Mission Everest will air right after the Season 2 debut on Nov. 9th. So, you’ll get an episode of Man vs. Wild, in the Sahara no less, followed by the Mission Everest special. Bear fans can get their fix in a two hour block that night.
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