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Jun 19th
10:46 am
Official Info on Bear's Show  
From THR:
NBC is taking another bet on Bear Grylls.

The network has ordered Running Wild with Bear Grylls, which is set to premiere on Monday, July 28. The unscripted effort will feature the bold-faced survivalist, who formerly starred in NBC's Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls, as he takes celebrities including Channing Tatum, Zac Efron and Ben Stiller into the most remote locations for 48-hour adventures.

Each of the six hour-long episodes ordered will focus on a single celebrity -- the others include NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders, actor Tom Arnold and Today anchor Tamron Hall -- as he or she endures the harsh wildnerness with Grylls. Among the activities featured: skydiving into the Catskill Mountains, repelling down the cliffs of Utah and battling torrential wind and rain in Scotland.

“Running Wild allows viewers to see inside the hearts and minds of these guests in a very open, honest and vulnerable way, pushing them out of their comfort zones and seeing what they are like in real life when stripped of all the benefits of celebrity,” said Grylls, who added: “Ultimately, this show is about taking these stars on the adventure of a lifetime and being alongside them when they discover something new and empowering about themselves and their world. For me, that is always a privilege.”
NBC's president of alternative and late night programming Paul Telegdy is similarly enthusiastic about the series' potential: “Bear’s incredible spirit is absolutely contagious, not only with his celebrity partners but with the viewing audience as well. We can’t wait to see how these epic adventures will profoundly change those who take the challenge.”
Mood: pleasedpleased
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laurenlipkinlip on June 19th, 2014 04:49 pm (UTC)
So it's like an interview also while doing the adventure stuff?
kleth on June 20th, 2014 05:42 pm (UTC)
Well, they have to talk some of the time. I'm guessing we'll see some chats around the campfire in addition to exchanges during the action.

As soon as July 28! Got to mark my calendar for that.

By the way, I don't think this show will be pushing Zac "out of his comfort zone." He loves this kind of stuff. He's a perfect choice for this kind of program (or not so perfect, since I don't think he will be freaking out, as I think some of the guests will).

Edited at 2014-06-20 05:45 pm (UTC)
yoooozacharyefrons on June 21st, 2014 05:43 am (UTC)
can't wait to watch bear make zac drink his own pee
kleth on June 21st, 2014 05:01 pm (UTC)
"... make zac drink his own pee"

Zac should be so lucky. Drinking other people's pee raises the Ew! factor.

By the way, this is a culturally defined taboo. In the absence of an active bladder or urinary tract infection, urine is sterile (but pretty salty, so it's no help when you are stranded on a life raft or something). There's a magic mushroom in Siberia whose active ingredient is filtered out by the liver and kidneys and passed in the urine, so one guy eats the mushrooms, pees in a cup so the next guy can get high, and so on down the line.

Now that's something you didn't see at the fraternity parties in Neighbors.
countessm3countessm3 on June 22nd, 2014 07:45 pm (UTC)
Ewwh! That's so gross!

kleth on June 24th, 2014 08:04 pm (UTC)
What you have to ask yourself is how someone discovered that the active ingredient in the mushrooms was passed on in the first user's urine.
sslynnesslynne on June 22nd, 2014 12:09 pm (UTC)
I would imagine that Zac is the only one that went to the Catskill Mountains. That means he got to skydive?! Awesome...I know he's always wanted to do that. I can't wait for the show.
countessm3countessm3 on June 22nd, 2014 07:46 pm (UTC)
Does he take Channing Tatum and Zac Efron into the woods together, cos that's like my fantasy version of Brokeback Mountain.

kleth on June 23rd, 2014 05:54 pm (UTC)
They are doing a lot of remakes and sequels these days. You should work on the script. I'd buy a ticket.
countessm3countessm3 on June 24th, 2014 01:34 am (UTC)
Yeah, but my version would be called Bareback Mountain and would feature a lot of horrible disco music and Zac's pornstache. It'd go straight (perhaps that is the wrong word) to video, just like Butt Pirates of the Caribbean.
zacsfagzacsfag on June 24th, 2014 03:16 pm (UTC)
Damn, I was thinking the same thing! When did we become the same person?
countessm3countessm3 on June 24th, 2014 08:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Coincidence

I'm a man trapped in a woman's body, a gay man.
kleth on June 24th, 2014 08:12 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure I could watch a movie in which Zac was sporting a pornstache.

Zac's recent "dress-up" event on the Tonight Show got me to thinking, and I've added an item to my Bucket List: I want to see him prancing around in high heels. Also, he has caused me enough anxiety that I have a suppressed desire to see him suffer, and I think 4-inch stilettos will do that.

Of course, he would just see the whole thing as a challenge and practice until he perfected a flawless runway strut.
tiffanyforzactiffanyforzac on June 26th, 2014 04:10 pm (UTC)
This sounds like a cool vehicle for Zac because he seems like the advantageous type of guy that would try anything once. I will mark my calender for this program.

Edited at 2014-06-26 04:13 pm (UTC)
kleth on June 26th, 2014 06:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Re
Running Wild has been mentioned a couple of times in recent days on the morning Today Show, so perhaps NBC will be doing some strong promo for this limited series. Can we hope to see some spots with Zac, even an interview on Today? Whatever puts The Face out there for the slack-jawed public to focus on.
kleth on June 30th, 2014 07:27 pm (UTC)
Neighbors now has a total worldwide box office of $242 million. But it is also now down to 500 theaters, so I am doubting that it can manage to creep up and over the $252 million record of HSM 3. Oh well, Zac should pocket several million dollars from his Neighbors back-end points, so I guess he will always be fond of this movie, even if it didn't rise above HSM 3.
kleth on June 30th, 2014 07:35 pm (UTC)
One of my secret pleasures is being surprised when I encounter random mentions of Zac Efron on TV. It happened again last night, as I watched the first episode of "Vicious" on PBS. This half-hour British comedy stars Ian McKellan and Derek Jacobi as two snarky old gay guys. Anyway, right out of nowhere, one of the other characters asks a young man whether anyone has ever told him that he looks like Zac Efron. Zac gets mentioned two more times.

What's interesting about this is that it demonstrates how Zac has become a pop-culture icon. Even in Britain, it is assumed that they can mention his name with no explanation and the audience will get it. It's hard to think of any other actor of Zac's generation who possesses such celebrity. No wonder so many nobodies hate him.

Another random Zac reference occurred on The Big Bang Theory, now in reruns. Howard was being teased about some seeming homosexual attraction to someone, and he responded, "If I went that way, I'd be more of a Zac Efron kind of guy." Again, no explanation of who "Zac Efron" is. All the viewers know.

Edited at 2014-06-30 07:37 pm (UTC)
kleth on July 1st, 2014 06:50 pm (UTC)
Added note: Sir Ian needed no explanation, of course, because he is personally acquainted with Zac. They met backstage on Jimmy Kimmel when Zac was promoting HSM 1. Zac said he was heading for London, and Sir Ian offered to show him around. If you were an old gay guy, you too would offer to show a toothsome 18-year-old Zac Efron around London. Snort snort.
kleth on July 3rd, 2014 07:02 pm (UTC)
Ha! Two spit takes this morning during breakfast while watching the Today Show. First, they surprised me with Zac's new dancing Instagram. Then came the first promo spot for Running Wild, featuring brief clips of each guest adventurer.
countessm3countessm3 on July 3rd, 2014 11:38 pm (UTC)
Here's a great link that has clips of Zac dancing from every one of his movies (and then some).

I LOVE the one with him in the top hat and the black "actor" t shirt.

Zac Dancing