PORT NECHES A local family left their home in Port Neches to go to nature in a three-day race, hiking through mountains and paddling rivers as subjects of a competition show called Survivalists. The shooting process for BYUTV's new series, “Survivalists”, ended up being relatively easy. It started with the teams of contestants who were from the same family to film the show in the wild of Idaho. The results of that safe environment can be seen when “Survivalists debuts at 6 p.m.
Facing a three-day off-grid survival competition, families test themselves to the limit as they learn to rebuild relationships and find strength together. Knoke is one of 10 contestants appearing in season 9 of “Alone, which premieres Thursday. The season was shot last year in Labrador, Canada. While Knoke isn't allowed to talk in detail about what the experience was like, she said her lifestyle in northern Idaho left her well-prepared.
O'Brady's natural leanings toward teaching and knowledge sharing lend themselves well to his hosting duties at Survivalists. Families compete in a series of survival challenges, before taking their gear on a grueling three-day, 13-mile journey through idaho's inhospitable mountainous terrain in a thrilling race that goes all the way. In the first episode of Survivalists, the Cajuste family seeks to spend more time together than their busy lives allow, while the Daynes family hopes to honor their youngest son, Eli, who has Down syndrome. As a real-life host and survivor, O'Brady has some favorite challenges and enjoys being able to prove when he can.
My wife and I started watching in season one, and we've been addicted to the show that follows 10 survivors trying to outdo each other in difficult conditions. Survivalists is produced by veteran unscripted producer Mark Koops (The Biggest Loser, MasterChef) with INE Entertainment and BYUTV. He is also currently wearing the host hat for BYUtv's competition series, Survivalists, where families come face to face in a series of wilderness survival challenges. While the general purpose of Survivalists is to bring families closer together through team building and motivate them to go out into nature and lead an active life, it is still a competition.
O'Brady says Survivalists focuses on family strength and how they work together to solve life's challenges. Now, she lives on 40 acres near Coachella, Idaho, and is working on opening a wilderness survival school. What I love about hosting Survivalists is seeing the progress family members have, learning their own strength and ability to persevere together. With Survivalists joining popular series like The Next Step and Dwight in Shining Armor, the fantastic Family Channel lineup on Mondays is essential for Canadian families looking to spend quality viewing time together.