A new reality show about survival will offer an alternative to the beautiful bodies seen on shows such as CBS's "Survivor." The L.A. Times' Show Tracker reports: "The Weather Channel's latest reality series isn't about killer storms or mountains of snow, it's about average, out-of-shape guys in the elements. The title isn't even trying to be too clever about it: 'Fat Guys in the Woods.'"
The show, set to premiere Aug. 10, will place three "couch potato-y gentlemen" in the wilderness each week, the story reports. Set in the Appalachians of eastern Tennessee, the series will teach survival skills to the participants, then watch them struggle to survive well outside the comfort zone of their living rooms.
"The three 'fat guys' will be escorted by author and ruggedly good-looking survival expert Creek Stewart, who will no doubt need to perform at the peak of his abilities to keep his students from having something awful happen to them," the story reports. "The series, which was filmed during the extremely cold and snowy recent winter, will air eight episodes paired with the Weather Channel's competition reality series 'So You Think You'd Survive.'"
The piece notes that when the Weather Channel settled its long-running carriage dispute with DirecTV back in April, the cable channel agreed to cut back on reality programming in favor of weather coverage.