A good story from Outside magazine profiling Bear Grylls, star of “Man vs. Wild,” who will be doing a new program for the Discovery Channel. The show will be called “Worst Case Scenario.” It will feature scenarios dealing with urban survival.
Here’s a link to the story, which also includes a lot of good information not just about the show, but also about Grylls himself: http://outside.away.com/outside/culture/201005/bear-grylls-1.html
Bear Grylls is wildly popular, but also has his critics. His programs feature him doing stunts, eating some pretty vile stuff and showing viewers how to survive dangerous situations on the wilderness. His critics note that many times, he’s not in any real danger, isn’t far from civilization and that some of his tips are actually quite dangerous and dubious.
In any case, he seems like a pretty genuine guy and the programs are entertaining.
Awhile back, I stirred a little debate with this post, pitting Grylls against Les Stroud, star of the program “Survivorman.” You can read that post and some reader comments here: http://blog.newsok.com/outthere/2009/01/22/steel-cage-survivorman-vs-man-v-wild/