The classic formula for travel TV usually involves thatch, bikinis, and a star with great teeth. Now, some of those teeth are starting to get knocked out as adventure-program producers attempt to cash in on the success of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Over the past year, cable networks have debuted several series that pair exotic adventure with bare-knuck
Last One Standing
Six athletes go head to head against indigenous warriors in places like Djilor, Senegal, and the Trobriand Islands.
“Western athletes, remote tribes, real competition. Welcome to full-contact culture.”
IN THE RING: The winners seem determined by who looks best in a loincloth. Meanwhile, the show struggles to overcome its colonialist premise: Will the Westerners beat the natives at their own game?
TKO’d in December, after one season.
Cage fighter Jason Chambers and NFL tackle Bill Duff train with the world’s masters and then fight the local talent. Along the way, they absorb exotic scenery and culture.
Duff is 6’4″, 280 pounds, and, according to his bio, “undefeated in bar fights.”
IN THE RING:
Training sessions are interspersed with historical vignettes, but CGI models illustrating the mechanics of fighting styles add a modern touch.
Cage fighter Jimmy Smith and Iraq vet Doug Anderson train with the world’s masters and then fight the local talent. Along the way, theywait, this sounds familiar.
Smith defeated Human Weapon host Chambers by heel hook in a 2006 cage match.
IN THE RING:
Smith whines a lot, and Anderson is a meathead, but the grueling training sessions are entertaining.
Still swinging. New episodes are in the works.