A high-profile TV wildman has been to hell and back — including a stay on NBC — and now he has found his way home. EW.com’s Inside TV reports that Bear Grylls is mapping his return to Discovery Channel with a new series, "Escape From Hell."
"The program has the survival expert telling stories of ordinary people who were stranded in real-life dire situations, and then [Grylls] pits himself against some of the same dangers and scenarios — from avalanches to sand storms," the story reports.
The new project marks a homecoming for Grylls, who wrapped up five years of Discovery’s "Man vs. Wild" in 2011.
"Last summer, Grylls survived a summer trek to one of the most perilous entertainment environments on the planet — NBC — for his reality show ‘Get Out Alive’ (no decision yet on a second season, NBC says)," the report notes.
In a statement, Grylls said: “I am super excited to be working with Discovery again — the channel where the ‘Man vs. Wild’ journey began. ‘Escape From Hell,’ and any future endeavors, will be intense — but that’s where the fun is! ‘Man vs. Wild’ took me to some of the toughest climates and terrains out there, and this new series is an exciting evolution of that."
The show will debut Nov. 11 with a special premiere before moving into its regular time slot starting Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 10 p.m.
Check out a trailer from the show’s early U.K. rollout — the dates and other broadcast details don’t apply to the upcoming U.S. run: