No you didn’t just put a naked woman and man in a Costa Rican jungle without food and water and tell them to survive for 21 days—without even winning at a prize at the end?
Contestants Shane Lewis and Kim Shelton are both experienced survivalists says the narrator at the opening credits. But geez, who wants to do this—with boobies and penis’ exposed to the elements, the cameras, freezing nights, bugs, venomous snakes, and packs of wild hyenas?
Now, perhaps the nakedness becomes secondary to the no water and no food part, but all together it seems like the makings of a successful show; evidenced by our unending salacious human desires to rubber-neck graphic freeway accidents.
“I’m not a kid anymore, I’m an adult now and I don’t have a problem being naked,” contestant Shane Lewis says in the opening minutes of the show’s first episode. “But I am worried about the nudity level with the predators we have out there. Every single cut is a potential serious infection.”
At one point, Shelton, obviously desperate for food, uses her vagina (you can’t make this stuff up) to fish. The glorious thing is—it works—now that’s good TV.
With status updates on Facebook like, “a home isn’t a home without wifi,” it’s clear the timeliness of this show. Who among us even wants to go on vacation without wifi, much less sans clothes, food, and water?
The show was outted recently by the New York Post for hiding the fact that producers intervened by offering ill contestants the use of intravenous IVs off-camera. The Post wrote, “What viewers did not see … was the bread, rice and baby food producers gave [a contestant] while she was sick, alleges a source close to the show. [That contestant] was also hooked up to two IVs in order to get rehydrated.”
But even with the added help, the show seems compelling, rife with potential for edge of your seat drama, and a premiere that brought in more than four million viewers, making it the second-highest debut in Discovery Channel history.