Congress! If only someone would just dump them on a deserted island and leave them there until they figured out how to work together.
Discovery Channel has.
Walking up to November’s midterm elections, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) pitched Discovery on the idea of recording them as they spent six days and nights on an island. They swore to find common ground through compromise — I know, we’ve heard that gag before from Congress.
But in Rival Survival, which is set to premiere October 29 at 10 PM ET/PT, the two political enemies spent six days together on Eru, one of the Marshall Islands, which Discovery describes as an utterly unforgiving deserted destination where the reefs are fraught with venomous stonefish, lionfish and scorpion fish. It’s also home of the largest shark sanctuary in the world — more than 2,000,000 square miles of Black Tip Sharks, Oceanic White Tip Sharks, Grey Reef Sharks, Bull Sharks and Tiger Sharks, among others.
So we can promise you a happy ending — even if it’s only two fewer senators.
Using only their wits — and three modest items of their choosing — the senatorial adversaries foraged around seeking ways to survive. You know, like a week of fundraising.
We will watch the politicians attempt to spear fish, build shelter and find enough water to survive — there is no natural source for fresh water on Eru, which once was a pivotal point of control during World War II and is home to the wreckage of downed WWII aircraft. If you’re a gambler, put your money on Flake, who’s into this sort of thing and last year spent a week marooned on a deserted island in the Pacific with two of his sons. He’d also taken a similar survivalist trip solo in 2009 to another of the Marshall Islands.
Rival Survival is produced for Discovery Channel by Renegade, producers of Discovery’s popular dump-people-in-the-middle-of-nowhere series Naked And Afraid. Yes, we asked: The senators will be clothed, for which we are grateful.
Flake served in the U.S. House of Representatives for six consecutive terms from 2001-2013 prior to his election to the U.S. Senate. Last year, Flake and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) were part of the “Gang of 8” who teamed on immigration. Heinrich, a member of the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee, is a self-described “conservationist” and progressive.
David Garfinkle, Jay Renfroe and Sean Foley serve as executive producers for Renegade; Denise Contis and Craig Coffman for Discovery.