Extreme survivalists go head to head in a race across the Alaska wild. Using ingenuity, experience and just the gear they can carry in their packs, the participants have 60 hours to reach the finish point of each leg of the adventure -- the series features 13 legs -- and in addition to navigating treacherous glaciated river valleys, barren ridgelines, and high mountain peaks, the challengers battle hunger, dangerous predators and unpredictable weather. There is no grand prize awaiting each leg's winner, other than the pride of accomplishing a grueling feat. For season three, the 12 competitors are divided equally into four teams -- Military, Endurance, Alaskans and Lower 48.
Fishing for bluefin tuna is a way of life for many residents of Gloucester, Mass. "Wicked Tuna" takes viewers into the unrelenting North Atlantic waters infamously spotlighted by the novel-turned-feature film "The Perfect Storm," to follow captains who are relied upon by their families, their shipmates, and by Gloucester itself, to haul in boatloads of the large but elusive bluefin. The pressure to deliver is unforgiving -- the fishing season is short and tuna populations are dwindling -- but one "monstah" catch can reel in just as large of a payday.
Mick Dodge is one with the woods, having left modern conveniences behind 25 years ago to live among the trees, caves and animals in Washington state's Hoh Rain Forest. It's not an easy life by any means -- he sleeps in tree stumps and has no easy access to food -- but each day presents a different adventure, and as the always-barefoot Dodge says, "All I have to do is follow my feet." He's walking in the footsteps of four generations of Dodge men who have called the Olympic Peninsula their home, and because the intensely private former Marine allowed National Geographic access to his world, this time viewers are welcomed to witness the primal life of "The Forrest Gump of Middle Earth."
When bluefin tuna season ends in Gloucester, Mass., it's just beginning in North Carolina's Outer Banks, a perfect opportunity to pit North vs. South in a pro fisherman contest for the ocean's most lucrative prey. Venturing south are the best crews from Gloucester to take on top local fleets in the treacherous Outer Banks, where the weather is more unpredictable than up north, and the seas can be extremely rough. The Gloucester rod-and-reel vets must master "greensticking" -- trolling artificial squid from a 30-foot fiberglass pole to lure the elusive species to the surface. Top-dollar bluefin can be worth as much as $20,000 each, but a short season and small government catch quota means explosive rivalries surface quickly.
Outdoorsman Dave Canterbury, whose primitive skills were featured for two seasons on Discovery's "Dual Survival," is back in the reality show business, joined by jack-of-all-trades John Littlefield and engineer Dick Strawbridge for an adventure seasoned with grit, ingenuity, and a whole lot of "MacGyver'ing." The guys test their mettle by competing in location-inspired challenges across several states, with only a limited set of tools at their disposal. Canterbury's vast survival experience supplements the construction skills of Littlefield ("Dude Room," "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition") and the sustainability expertise of Strawbridge, a U.K. Army veteran well known for his popular BBC series "It's Not Easy Being Green."
World adventurers, led by paranormal researcher Josh Gates, travel the globe on the trail of the supernatural, hunting for strange creatures and paranormal phenomena. They interview local residents, research the history of the area and search for physical evidence of the supernatural phenomenon, bringing viewers along for the ride.
Florida's South Beach area of Miami is a major tourist destination at certain times of the year, especially during spring break. This can present a problem: not enough parking spots. That's when Robert Ashenoff Sr. steps in. He's the affable-but-tough manager of Tremont Towing, which specializes in towing cars that are parked illegally. Helping Robert out at the million-dollar business are his son and daughter, along with a trio of skilled drivers. Each person at the company has a unique personality, which can make for an interesting time in the shop.
Wilderness guide and survival instructor Hazen Audel attempts to stay alive in some of the world's most inhospitable places by using centuries-old techniques. Hazen joins tribes in the rainforests of Ecuador, the Kalahari Desert of Namibia, the mountains of western Mongolia, the frozen Arctic of Canada, in equatorial Kenya, and on a remote island in the Pacific Ocean to learn the skills firsthand. He hunts with bows and poisoned arrows, climbs harsh mountains in search of prey, and harvests food beneath shifting sea ice, among other challenges that push him to his limits.