In his hit Discovery Channel show, "Man vs. Wild," British-born survival expert Bear Grylls pitted himself against nature in extreme situations.
Starting Monday night at 9 p.m, in the new NBC series "Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls," he takes that expertise and shares it with 10 teams of two as they set forth on a competitive expedition through the dramatic landscape of New Zealand's South Island.
Each week, Grylls will send another team home. In the end, the one team he believes has shown the most heart, courage, initiative and resolve will win the $500,000 grand prize.
"I was always very clear at the start that this isn't a test of physical courage," says Grylls. "I'm taking you to a different place; you've got to listen. I'll empower you with these skills, but ultimately I'm going to send home the people I believe that, on their own, would never get out alive.
"I'm looking for the qualities of a survivor. I was looking for that resourcefulness and that resolve, that courage and that humility, and that kindness to each other in that high-pressure environment -- and the person that keeps going when they're totally beat."
Anyone who's seen the "Lord of the Rings" movies has seen the icy rivers, glaciers, forests and mountains of New Zealand.
Says Grylls, "I picked New Zealand because there's such a huge variety of terrain. I can take them from the high mountains to the low gorges, to raging rivers, to glaciers, to rain forests. But we definitely upped the ante every journey. We had huge traverses, which is like the guys are crawling themselves along these gorges. We had all that rain-forest stuff, big rapids. The fear of the unknown was always an element for them."