Bear Grylls Tests Celebrities' Survival Skills

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Bear Grylls is slated to star in a new survivalist series for NBC — and this time he's starring with the stars.

In the new series, Running Wild with Bear Grylls, the survivor guru will take celebrities one at a time off to remote locations around the world and test their survival skills for 48 hours.

Set to premiere in late July, Running Wild with Bear Grylls already has some A-list celebrities lined up for the task including Zac Efron, Ben Stiller, Channing Tatum and Tom Arnold, as well as former NFL player Deion Sanders and TODAY anchor Tamron Hall.

"Viewers will get to see inside the hearts and minds of these guests in a very open, honest and vulnerable way, pushing them out of their comfort zones and seeing what they are like in real life when stripped of all the benefits of celebrity," said Grylls in a statement. "Ultimately, this show is about taking these stars on the adventure of a lifetime and being alongside them when they discover something new and empowering about themselves and their world. For me, that is always a privilege."

Some of the adventures lined up for Grylls and his cohorts include skydiving in the Catskill Mountains and repelling down cliffs in Utah.

Grylls previously starred on Man vs. Wild on the Discovery Channel from 2006 to 2011. The series saw him survive in locations all over the world with few supplies and no one but his film crew.

"Bear's incredible spirit is absolutely contagious, not only with his celebrity partners but with the viewing audience as well," NBC alternative programming president Paul Telegdy said. "We can't wait to see how these epic adventures will profoundly change those who take challenge."

Tamron Hall, who is currently on her big adventure with Grylls, tweeted some details about her pending trip.

Running Wild with Bear Grylls premieres July 28 on NBC.

Image via Wikimedia Commons

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