Adventure survivalist Bear Grylls managed to have an entertaining (if not controversial) TV show when it was just him running around in forests, deserts, taigas, and other biomes. When that wore out its welcome, some very wise TV producers decided it might be a good idea to pair Bear up with some celebrities, make them rappel down cliffs and eat bugs, and Running Wild was born. The first season of the show brought six episodes, and now NBC is back with eight new ones.
From sports stars to actors with arrest records
The second season, which was announced today, throws Academy Award-winner Kate Winslet in the mix. The other co-adventurers are predominantly actors, including Ed Helms, James Marsden, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Hudson, and Fast and Furious star Michelle Rodriguez. There's also NFL quarterback Drew Brees, because why not?
According to Variety, this season will take place in Panama, the Italian Alps, and the Colorado Rockies. Last season enlisted Ben Stiller, Channing Tatum, and Tom Arnold, reporter Tamron Hall, and sports star Deion Sanders — though the breakout of the bunch was Zac Efron, whose performance on the show somehow managed to prompt a 27-GIF listicle on BuzzFeed. That's a tough act to follow.
The second season airs Monday, July 13th on NBC.