Beginning November 5, Hit Adventure Series Finds New Home On National Geographic
It’s going to be a bear of a season when world-renowned survivalist Bear Grylls returns to his wild roots this fall with some of Hollywood’s most beloved celebrities in tow. The hit adventure series RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLS finds its new home on National Geographic beginning November 5, at 10/9c, with more action, stunts and visceral moments than ever before.
This season, Grylls goes all out with some of the most entertaining superstars who push themselves beyond their limits by leaving civilization behind for a no-holds barred journey through the most extreme environments on the planet.
“The RUNNING WILD team is so excited that our adventure series has really found its home on National Geographic with our fifth season,” says Grylls. “I’m so proud that each Hollywood A-lister, who joins me on these journeys through the wild, always has such a life-affirming experience. That’s what the wild does; it often takes us to the edge but then rewards courage and determination with a pride that money can’t buy.”
Weekly guests include an extraordinary assortment of celebrities who leave the bright lights and big cities to venture far off the beaten path for a walk on the wild side. Academy Award-winning actress Brie Larson – Captain Marvel herself – ditches the Hollywood paparazzo and taps into her super(human) powers on a deep-jungle trek through mangrove swamps and a helicopter plunge into shark-infested waters. And award-winning actor and dancer Channing Tatum steps up his game and returns for another round with Grylls, who promises to put this Hollywood scene stealer to an even bigger test.
The full lineup of multi-award-winning actors, entertainers, comedians and superstars include the following:
- Alex Honnold – professional rock climber and the first climber to free solo Yosemite’s 3,000-foot El Capitan wall (Free Solo)
- Armie Hammer – Golden Globe-nominated actor (Call Me by Your Name, On the Basis of Sex, The Social Network)
- Brie Larson – Academy Award-winning actress (Captain Marvel, Room, Unicorn Store)
- Bobby Bones – On-air radio personality (The Bobby Bones Show), winner of Season 27 of Dancing with the Stars
- Cara Delevingne – world-renowned model, social media powerhouse and award-winning actress (Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Suicide Squad, Paper Towns)
- Channing Tatum – award-winning actor and dancer (Foxcatcher, 21 Jump Street, Magic Mike)
- Dave Bautista – action star and former professional wrestler (Avengers: Endgame, Stuber, Guardians of the Galaxy)
- Joel McHale – actor, comedian and Emmy-nominated on-air personality (Community, Santa Clarita Diet, The Soup)
- Rob Riggle – actor, comedian and USMC Reserve Lt. Col (Night School, Rob Riggle’s Ski Master Academy, 21 Jump Street)
- Zachary Quinto – Emmy-nominated actor (American Horror Story, Star Trek Beyond, NOS4A2)
The new season transports viewers across remote locations in the US and around the world, including crocodile-filled mangroves of Panama and underwater caves in Sardinia to deep crevasses on Iceland’s largest glacier and scorching desert slot canyons throughout Arizona. These intrepid cast members must face their deepest fears and tackle everything from wild animals to rock repelling as they journey through some of the world’s most unforgiving wildernesses.
Once dropped into the depths of their remote surroundings, they must rely on their survivalist intuition, bush-craft techniques and sheer grit before their adventures come to a thrilling end. Leaving Tinseltown far behind, these celebrities test their edges to see if they can endure the harsh wilderness in their high-octane, action-based and fear-tackling journeys.
RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLS was developed by Bear Grylls and Delbert Shoopman. The series is produced by Electus, a Propagate Company and Bear Grylls Ventures. For Electus and Bear Grylls Ventures, Bear Grylls serves as executive producer along with Chris Grant, Drew Buckley, Ben Silverman, Howard Owens, Liz Schulze, Rob Buchta and Delbert Shoopman. For National Geographic, Bengt Anderson is executive producer. Geoff Daniels is executive vice president of global unscripted entertainment for National Geographic Channels.
About Bear Grylls
Bear Grylls has become known worldwide as one of the most recognized faces of survival and outdoor adventure. His journey to this acclaim started on a small island off the U.K. coast where his late father taught him to climb and sail. Trained from a young age in martial arts, Grylls spent three years as a soldier in the British Special Forces as part of 21st SAS Regiment. It was here that he perfected many of the survival skills that his fans all over the world enjoy as he pitted himself against the worst of Mother Nature. Despite a free-fall parachuting accident in Africa, where he broke his back in three places and endured many months in military rehabilitation, Grylls went on to become one of the youngest climbers ever to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
He then went on to star in seven seasons of the Discovery Channel’s Emmy award-nominated “Man vs. Wild” TV series, which became one of the most watched shows on the planet, reaching an estimated 1.2 billion viewers. Since then, he has hosted more extreme adventure TV shows across more global networks than anyone else in the world including the BAFTA award-winning “The Island With Bear Grylls,” “Bear Grylls’ Survival School,” “Man vs. Wild,” “Running Wild” for NBC and “Absolute Wild” for Chinese TV. He is a No. 1 best-selling author, an honorary colonel to the Royal Marine Commandos and the youngest ever chief scout, an inspiration to 55 million scouts worldwide.
About National Geographic Partners LLC
National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between the National Geographic Society and Disney, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 131 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.
Tahli Kouperstein, 240-401-9674, Tahli.Kouperstein@natgeo.com; Jennifer Driscoll, 614-595-9604, Jennifer.Driscoll@natgeo.com