Discovery Channel’s all-new six-part series WORST CASE SCENARIO has begun filming. The original series, based on the bestselling series of books with the same name, premieres this spring on Discovery Channel. On the show, survival expert and MAN VS. WILD host Bear Grylls portrays potentially life-threatening situations to demonstrate how to survive in a worst case scenario. Filmed like a feature film, Grylls pushes his physical boundaries part stuntman, part urban survivalist to exhibit scenarios that viewers could find themselves in and equip them with potentially life-saving information.
In each episode, Grylls shows viewers that the right knowledge and skills can help anyone succeed in urban survival situations that could arise without warning, from escaping a high-rise apartment fire to fending off a shark attack to escaping out of a sinking car. The various situations featured on WORST CASE SCENARIO have been produced to model those in the book series. Other dire situations featured throughout the series include escaping from a frozen lake and surviving a multi-story elevator plunge or a fall down a flight of stairs.
“WORST CASE SCENARIO is a much different take on survival than MAN VS. WILD,” said Clark Bunting, president and general manager of Discovery Channel and president of Science Channel. “It features Bear in all his physicality using an urban backdrop to set up everyday scenarios viewers could encounter at any time.”
WORST CASE SCENARIO is produced for Discovery Channel by Pilgrim Films & Television. Craig Piligian and Eddie Barbini are executive producers for Pilgrim Films & Television and Josh Berkley is executive producer for Discovery Channel.
The series is produced in partnership with Quirk Productions and the Worst Case Scenario series of popular survival guides, which were published by Chronicle Books and have sold more than 9 million units. The brand, created by series consultant David Borgenicht, has resulted in more than two dozen editions, board games, video games, mobile games, and five New York Times bestsellers. The newest book in the series “The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Man Skills” will be released in June 2010.