TV Review: ‘Dude, You’re Screwed’

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Copying 'Naked and Afraid,' Discovery dresses up survival format with a cheeky title

Taking a page from sibling Investigation Discovery, the flagship Discovery Channel seems intent on churning out similar shows distinguished mostly by their cheeky, attention-grabbing titles. So the survival adventure “Naked and Afraid” provides the lead-in to “Dude, You’re Screwed,” a sort-of competition in which a handful of badass types — with pedigrees like Green Beret and Navy SEAL — take turns kidnapping each other, stranding one of them in an inhospitable locale and watching from afar how he tries to reach safety. Given how tired the formula is, small wonder network honchos would tart it up any way they can.

In the premiere, the other guys snatch up ex-SEAL-turned-football coach Jake, blindfold him and drop him on top of a mountain in Iceland, left with a few basic items and other less vital ones, like a pink teddy bear. Talking trash while his pals analyze his every step in direct-to-camera interviews (helpfully, we’re told the camera crew will intervene only if things go terribly south), the show seeks to straddle the fine line between putting someone in real jeopardy and keeping it all playful.

The whole exercise, of course — actually developed by sister network Animal Planet, which will air the show next year — hinges on macho banter and competitive spirit, fostering the belief that each of these guys wants to “win” so badly that they’ll really put themselves in considerable peril to avoid having to be rescued. In the interim, there are survival tips like not sleeping over hot air vents and risking getting wet if you ever find yourself spending the night outdoors in Iceland, which would certainly rank low on the list of useful nuggets of educational television information.

The series will play out over seven episodes, no doubt offering more exotic locations and grueling nights for the participants. Still, unless you harbor a real appetite for this sort of fare, “Dude, You’re Screwed” might leave you thinking of alternate titles — maybe not “Dude, Where’s My Car?,” but something closer to “Dude, I’m Bored.”

TV Review: 'Dude, You're Screwed'

(Series; Discovery Channel, Sun. Dec. 8, 10 p.m.)

Production

Produced by High Noon Entertainment.

Crew

Executive producers, Jim Berger, Scott Feeley; co-executive producer, Scott Madden. 60 MIN.

Cast

With: Terry Schappert, John Hudson, Matt Graham, Jake Zweig, Tom Moore

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  1. Craig Christensen says:

    I wondered if anyone recognized the re-tread Jake from History Channel’s Top Shot. However, Chris did. What a monumental jerk he was on that show. I too, have a hard time believing Jake was a Navy SEAL. He is a crybaby bitch and does the show no good service. Apparently we now have reality show “hasbeen/junkies.”
    Craig in Idaho

  2. Melanie says:

    I really like this show! I think Jake is great! You have to be strong to even become a Seal. I thought Jake had a good attitude. He is really smart. I loved how he used the teddy. I think the guys all compliment each other really well. They all seam to want the others to win and make it through. I think the show is very original. Believe me, it takes a lot to get my interest.

  3. Chris says:

    Jake is no Navy Seal. Seals have honor and courage; this jerk off has neither. The show would be great without him. I’ve been sick of his poor sportsmanship and him being an all round loser since Top Shot where he quit because he couldn’t win. Lose Jake and you have a winner!

  4. brian russell says:

    I thought the idea of monitoring their vital signs with Zephyr shirts was artistic license until I looked up the website. These are on the real deal spec ops guys and MBA. Its real .. go figure. Sci fi meets reality TV. Who would have thought we would facts on the discovery channel.

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