Running Wild with Bear Grylls

Season 1 Episode 1

Zac Efron

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Jul 28, 2014 on NBC
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Zac Efron joins Bear for a trek into the Appalachian Mountains in the series premiere of this show about celebrities testing their survival skills.

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  • Zac + Bear: Two "Wrongs" Made a Right

    "Wrongs"---with scare-quotes, because I think I've finally arrived at the conclusion that both Zac Efron and Bear Grylls are Good People(TM), despite their deserved/undeserved reputations.

    Honestly: Whatever your opinion of Zac Efron, just watch this episode with an open mind. The mere fact that he'd put himself forward like this on the pilot episode of a show that could have ended in huge embarrassment is a testament to his character---and makes his success that much sweeter.

    As for Bear, all I remembered of him before this were the scandals: "Artificial" survival situations presented as the real thing, etc. But a few Wikipedia searches later, I discovered he's done a lot to regain the credibility he likely deserves (those scandalous camera tricks in his Discovery series came AFTER he scaled Mt. Everest then broke his collarbone trying to climb an insurmountable Antarctic peak). Bottom line: He took some ill-advised and easy short-cuts to fame, from which he's still recovering, but---and this is the important take-away---he IS the real thing.

    But back to the pilot of "Running Wild with Bear Grylls:" The real star of this show was Zac Efron. I'd never thought of him as anything more than a playboy, but hell---I don't see Bruce Willis signing up for this shit, so ku-fucking-dos.moreless

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