TV highlights for July 8: ‘Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls’ debuts on NBC

July 7, 2013
HIGHLIGHTS

Who’s getting a hometown date? We’ll know after Monday night’s “The Bachelorette” (ABC at 8 p.m.) when Desiree narrows her suitors down to the final four. But first, there’s a stop in Portugal with the remaining five guys.

SERIES PREMIERE: The new reality competition show “Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls” (NBC at 9) challenges a group of adventurers (gunning for a $500,000 prize, of course) to take a tough journey across New Zealand’s South Island with the famed survivalist. Each week, Bear sends home one team that fares the worst in the dramatic climate.

Filmmaker Josh Fox got an Oscar nod for his documentary “Gasland,” so he follows it up with a sequel, “Gasland II” (HBO at 9), which takes a deeper look at hydraulic fracturing (better known as fracking, a controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil).

The terrified reality contestants on the drama “Siberia” (NBC at 10) start to realize that the deadly things happening to them are actually because of the land, and far beyond what show producers planned — meanwhile, Victoria suffers hallucinations when another competitor tricks her into eating uncooked mushrooms.

SERIES PREMIERE: The reality show “Dangerman: The Incredible Mr. Goodwin” (BBC America at 10) follows Jonathan Goodwin, an escape artist who finds it fun to put himself in the most extreme and terrifying situations. First up: a scary task that even Harry Houdini failed three times.

SERIES PREMIERE: The docu-series “Gods, Guns & Automobiles” (History at 10) goes to the tiny town of Butler, Mo., to follow the happenings at Max Motors, a throwback auto dealership run by a pair of brothers who make car deals “the old-fashioned way.”

SERIES PREMIERE: An auction house in Corbin, Ky., is the focus on the docu-series “Kentucky Bidders” (truTV at 10), which captures the family-owned business as staff members buy bizarre items during the week to auction them off every weekend.

Actor Michael Cera is on “The Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS at 11:35).

“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC at 11:35) hosts actors Charlie Day and Jeffrey Dean Morgan and singer Lionel Richie.

Actress Mary-Louise Parker visits “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC at 11:35), along with actor Idris Elba and musical guest Rhye.

— Emily Yahr

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