Discovery Channel’s original six-part series WORST CASE SCENARIO, based on the bestselling series of books with the same name, premieres Wednesday, May 5 at 10PM ET/PT. 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. In the premiere episode on May 5, Grylls shows viewers ways to escape a burning vehicle and how to rescue potential drowning victims after a boating accident.
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 (R) 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.
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