The next survival series on the Discovery Channel takes its name from popular culture and will keep its contestants moving: American Tarzan is a competition between seven men and women, using the wilderness of Dominica as their obstacles as they race across an island.
The seven cast members—two women, five men—will traverse different terrains, first kayaking across the ocean and later tackling jungles and mountains. It’s sort of like the beginning and the end of Naked and Afraid turned into an entire show, though these contestants are fully clothed. There’s no prize, just the title of American Tarzan.
The exclusive preview below makes the show look promising, with some visually stunning natural challenges.
Discovery’s announcement for the show, which debuts July 6, explains:
“In an epic journey through four distinct terrains; the jungle, coast, mountains and canyons, these men and women must live completely off the land, while tackling the most punishing obstacles on earth. They will face conditions that early inhabitants tackled hundreds of years ago, relying on nothing more than basic tools, mental toughness and brute strength.
After kayaking through open water to reach the inhospitable island, the first challenge will be to navigate an impenetrable jungle filled with vines, roots and steep cliffs, a harsh taste of the myriad obstacles the island will throw at them. Over the subsequent weeks, challengers will traverse dense jungles, raging rivers and towering mountains, all while foraging for food to keep them fueled for the long and strenuous journey.”
The cast, along with their “super power,” as identified by the press release:
- Brandon Morrison, Seattle, Wash., a personal trainer who “can lift over 600 pounds”
- Derek Knutson, Hayward, Wis., a pro timber sports athlete who “can climb a 6 story tree in 14 seconds”
- Kim Liszka, Macungie, Pa., an ER nurse who “can run 26 miles uphill without stopping”
- Maria Herrera, San Diego, Calif., a bartender who “can climb two story rope in under 20 seconds
- Tim Olsen, Boulder, Colo., a stay-at-home father who “can run 100+ miles without stopping”
- Tim Reames, Austin, Texas, a security contractor who “feels no pain” because “military training taught him to overcome through mental conditioning”
- Jeremy Guarino, Buffalo, N.Y., a small business owner who’s a “parkour master”