This makes us miss Bear Grylls… Among the new shows Discovery will announce later today at its Upfront presentation to advertisers in New York are two survival series in which clothing is not included. Each episode of Naked and Afraid will strand a new pair of strangers in one of the world’s harshest environments with no food, no water, no tools, and no clothes. “As their extreme survival skills are put to the test for 21 days, each couple must battle the elements, each other, and their own inner weakness to triumph over the terrain and their predicament,” the press release promises. Naked Castaway, meanwhile, will strand Ed Stafford, the first person ever to walk the length of the Amazon River, for 60 days on the desert island of Olorua near Fiji with the same provisions — nothing.
Discovery’s slate also include its first-ever scripted mini-series Klondike, based on Charlotte Gray’s book Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich in the Klondike, as well as the legitimately must-see live special Wallenda Live. Per the announcement: “Nik Wallenda, known as ‘The King of the High Wire,’ will traverse the majestic Grand Canyon without using a harness. Wallenda will tightrope walk, untethered, higher than he’s ever attempted before at 1,500 feet above the Little Colorado River, a height greater than the Empire State Building.”
The full list of programming is below.