Bear Grylls will return to Discovery with a new survival-themed show less than a year after cutting ties with the company over a contract dispute. Ultimate Survivor will feature Grylls as he travels across the world to inhospitable environments like the Sahara desert and the Amazon rainforest and reenacts history's most harrowing tales of survival. In a statement, Grylls said he was happy to be returning to work with the network.
I am super-excited to be working with Discovery again—the channel where the Man vs. Wild journey began. Bear Grylls: Ultimate Survivor, 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 aim is to follow incredible real-life survival stories and demonstrate dynamic life-saving know-how along the way.
Discovery has reportedly ordered six episodes of the series, which it will air both in the U.S. and internationally. We wrote about Grylls' post-Discovery career in September 2012.