The Discovery Channel has taken reality TV to a new level, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Eight contestants will be stranded in the wilderness with only the clothes on their back for Discovery Channel’s new reality show Survival Live (working title). The show will air two episodes per week, one prerecorded and one live.
In these episodes, the contestants will be able to ask the viewers for help. The viewers will be able to get them things such as a call to a loved one or food. According to producer Eilleen O’Neill, the show has no shortage of willing participants, “We have a lot of people who want to test their mettle on our survival shows,” she says. “These are pretty rugged environments, so we do background checks and psych checks, and that reduces the pool to choose from pretty quickly.”