The Discovery Channel has forged a long-running success with the reality series “Naked and Afraid,” which is celebrating its 10th year on the network and is approaching 200 episodes. The show features two survivalists who first meet when they’re tasked with spending 21 days in the wilderness with only one tool of their choice.
Of course, the twist here is that both survivalists are naked. And the conditions are supposed to strike fear in their hearts.
For the 15th season, the producers recruited Justin Governale, a former Marine Corps scout sniper who was awarded a Purple Heart during his military service. Governale is now a standup comic, MMA fighter, dog-rescue advocate and writer for the military website Coffee or Die Magazine. He’s based in San Antonio.
Governale’s episode is set to air on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the Discovery Channel and will be available to stream the same day on the Discovery+ app.
He’s paired with Kami Elsisie, a paramedic from Albuquerque, New Mexico. The two of them meet up in the brutal caiman-infested jungle of Rupununi, Guyana. Caimans are relatives of alligators, are smaller and have pointier teeth. We had to look that up. Guyana is on the northeast coast of South America, sandwiched between Venezuela, Brazil and Suriname.
We’ve got a clip of Governale from his episode. He says he hasn’t eaten in four days and has just caught a catfish and a piranha with his bare hands. Before he chops their heads off and has dinner, he imitates Russell Crowe’s best scene from the Oscar-winning Best Picture “Gladiator.” Crowe also won his Best Actor Oscar for that speech.
Fans of the series know that it’s all about how the two cast members interact and whether they make a good team or if both try to make it on their own in the harsh conditions they face. If you’re watching for the first time, you’ll have to judge for yourself as to whether they actually needed to be naked (with their private parts pixelated).
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