The Peacock has ordered six episodes of man vs. nature series “The Island,” presented by Grylls, Variety has learned exclusively.
The hourlong series puts 14 ordinary American men to the test when they are stripped of their modern-day conveniences and lifestyles to survive on a deserted island with only minimal survival tools and the clothes on their backs, forcing them to hunt for food, find their own water, build shelter and a community to survive.
The show, which does not feature any prizes, eliminations, a winner, or even a camera team, will be completely filmed by the 14 men themselves, while on location.
The cast includes a stay-at-home dad, a trauma surgeon, a firefighter and a criminal defense lawyer.
“This experiment reveals, in a shocking way, whether modern man, when pushed, can still summon all the resolve, ingenuity and strength that traditionally made a man’s man — or whether our society’s cushioning has meant we have lost those hard-earned skills of our ancestors,” said Grylls. “This is the raw, unfiltered and uncensored story of 14 men, as told exclusively by them.”
The six-episode series is based on the hit Shine TV-produced Channel 4 U.K. series of the same name, which put 13 British men to the test, and was also presented by Grylls, back in 2014. The upcoming NBC series is produced by Endemol Shine North America and Bear Grylls Ventures with Grylls, Eden Gaha, Michael Brooks, Holly Wofford and Delbert Shoopman serving as exec producers on the new project.
The show marks a reunion between Grylls and NBC. The adventurist and TV personality was at the helm of “Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls,” which premiered on the net in July 2013, and most recently, “Running Wild With Bear Grylls,” which invited celebrities — Zac Efron, Ben Stiller, Tamron Hall, Deion Sanders, Channing Tatum and Tom Arnold — to tag along on his adventures in different wild and remote locations around the world.