8:00am PT by Kimberly Nordyke
'Naked and Afraid XL' Renewed at Discovery Channel (Exclusive)
Discovery Channel has greenlighted another season of Naked and Afraid XL.
The network calls the show, a spinoff of its series Naked and Afraid, "television's most extreme survival challenge." For the upcoming season, which marks its third, only nine survivalists have been chosen to compete. Their goal is to "conquer the elements" and "survive in one of the most grueling and merciless environments on Earth ... the Amazon." They'll take part in this challenge for six weeks, or a total of 40 days, in Ecuador's Amazon basin, more than 100 miles from the closest city.
The survivalists will have to contend with murky swamps, rivers and ponds, along with anacondas, piranhas, caiman and the bushmaster, the largest venomous snake in the Americas, in addition to flesh-eating bacteria, disease and mosquitoes, all as they vie for limited food, water and shelter.
Discovery said that this season features an "alarming" number of setbacks and injuries, and not all the participants are able to make it. This season also will feature twists, including unexpected visitors.
The cast will be revealed on Naked Nights, airing at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Sunday, March 26, with the show set to return at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Sunday, April 23.
Naked and Afraid XL debuted in 2015 and was the year's top new unscripted cable series across several key adult demos, including 25-54 and 18-49, and total viewers. The second season was Sunday night's most watched unscripted cable series across adults 25-54 and males 25-54.
Naked and Afraid XL is produced for Discovery by Renegade83; David Garfinkle, Jay Renfroe and Sean Foley are executive producers. For Discovery, Denise Contis and Joseph Boyle are executive producers, and Greg Wolf is associate producer.