Corus Entertainment’s YTV presents the real Survivorman, Les Stroud, as he mentors eight teens on how to survive the wilderness in YTV’s new original series Survive This. Leaving civilization behind to face the challenges of finding food, shelter and safety, each teen puts their resourcefulness, skills and character to the test to see if they have what it takes to survive the great outdoors. Produced by 9 Story Entertainment in association with YTV, Survive This premieres Tuesday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT.
“Bringing more than two decades of wilderness experience to the series, Les acts as a mentor and judge to eight teens embarking on a tough wilderness adventure that ultimately encourages them to challenge themselves and test their capabilities,” said Jocelyn Hamilton, Vice President, Programming and Production, Corus Kids. “With some teens more equipped than others to handle the obstacles, the series makes for compelling television. It’s impossible not to get drawn in, to find out which of these teens has what it takes to make it all the way to the final one-hour episode.”
Chosen for their unique personalities and readiness for adventure, the participants, all between the ages of 14 and 17, are tested physically, emotionally and intellectually throughout each half-hour episode of this 13-part series. Leaving all the amenities of home behind, including cell phones and IPods, the teens are tested with rigorous challenges, including: building a shelter; finding food and water; starting a fire; signalling for rescue; coping with hypothermia; and treating an injury. The teen who is willing to learn and grow under the most difficult situations will make it through to the show’s one-hour finale episode, as the rest can choose to drop out, one by one.
The group of teens that have signed up for this adventure includes 16 year-old Jennifer, a.k.a. The Hunter, known amongst the group for her outdoor experience; Becca, a 17 year-old who gives new meaning to the word princess; the artistic 17 year-old Becky a.k.a. BT; 17 year-old tough girl Catarina; competitive Kareem at 16-years old; 16 year-old city slicker Holden; 15-year old Adam who is terrified of bugs and venomous snakes; and lastly the youngest of the group at 14 years-old, over-achiever Zac.
In the first episode ’Impact’, premiering Tuesday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT, eight eager teens, fresh out of Survival School, are thrust into their first survival challenge: an extreme crash situation in the deep woods. Les gives the group five minutes to gather what they can from the crash site to use for camp. How they handle the situation will be up to them. However, the group must overcome the initial shock of being stranded and realize that, in order to be successful, teamwork is everything.
Viewers can use YTV’s online video player at YTV.com to catch clips of the show as well as view full episodes after their broadcast premiere.