NBC has ordered six episodes of The Island starring adventurer and survivalist Bear Grylls. Based on the hit UK series, it will follow 14 American men who are abandoned on a deserted island without the basics of contemporary everyday life. The social experiment is aimed at determining if they have what it takes to survive, as they are left with only the clothes on their backs and minimal survival tools. The entire series is filmed by the men themselves. There are no prizes. No eliminations. No winner. No camera teams.
“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 men must hunt for food, find source water, erect shelter, build a community and try to survive using only their strength, determination and know-how. The 14 include a stay-at-home dad, trauma surgeon, firefighter and criminal defense attorney.
NBC previously partnered with Grylls on two other summer shows that ran one season each: Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls and Running Wild With Bear Grylls.
The Island is produced by Endemol Shine North America and Bear Grylls Ventures. The Channel 4 UK series was produced by Shine TV. Grylls, Eden Gaha, Michael Brooks, Holly Wofford and Delbert Shoopman serve as executive producers of the new series.