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FIRST LOOK: Meet the Cast of the Naked and Afraid Spin-Off Naked and Afraid XL

FIRST LOOK: Meet the Cast of the Naked and Afraid Spin-Off Naked and Afraid XL

Originally posted 06/10/2015 12:35PM

Guess these folks' pants weren't sufficiently scared off the first time ...

PEOPLE can exclusively announce that Discovery Channel is premiering a Naked and Afraid spin-off called Naked and Afraid XL on July 12. According to a release from the network, the show "is both a survival and societal challenge. How will these survivalists respond to each other? Will they band together as one large group or will they break apart into smaller groups to survive?"

As implied by its title, the competition is supersized, with 12 survivalists (six men and six women) enduring 40 days in the wild without the comfort or convenience of food, water and clothing.

Below, meet the cast, including special skills and trivia that might shed some light on their chances.

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Don't Expect an Eaten Alive Sequel, Says Discovery Channel Chief

Don't Expect an Eaten Alive Sequel, Says Discovery Channel Chief

Originally posted 01/08/2015 08:00PM

Disappointed that the Discovery special Eaten Alive over-promised and under-delivered? You weren't alone.

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Swamp Brothers Star and Partner Get Federal Prison Time for Reptile Smuggling

Swamp Brothers Star and Partner Get Federal Prison Time for Reptile Smuggling

Originally posted 12/10/2014 01:40PM

Whether there was a plane involved is unclear, but a star of the Discovery Channel's Swamp Brothers and his business partner have earned federal prison sentences for snake smuggling, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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The Eaten Alive Snake Is 'Absolutely Fine'

UpdatePosted 12/08/2014 11:45AM

Eaten Alive's Paul Rosolie: The Snake Is 'Absolutely Fine'

Originally posted 12/08/2014 12:00AM

It probably should have been called Squeezed Alive.

That's because Sunday's Discovery special Eaten Alive – which led viewers to believe that naturalist Paul Rosolie was going to get swallowed by a massive anaconda – never even got to the appetizer stage.

At worst, Rosolie nearly got the breath squeezed out of him before he called uncle and his team rushed out to save him. Never once did the 20-foot, 250 lb. anaconda ever swallow – much less bite the bejesus out of – Rosolie.

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S-S-S-S-Say That Again: Man to Be Eaten Alive by an Anaconda on TV

Discovery Channel's Next Stunt: Man to Be Eaten Alive by an Anaconda (Gulp)

Originally posted 11/06/2014 09:05AM

Discovery Channel has another high-wire act planned for viewers – but this time, the wire's attached to a wildlife expert, so he won't be totally digested.

On Dec. 7, the cable net that just featured Nik Wallenda walking a high wire over Chicago will show naturalist Paul Rosolie getting eaten alive by an anaconda.

The network hasn't made any official announcement, but it began running promos during the Wallenda stunt to draw attention to its next extreme challenge.

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He Did It! Nik Wallenda Survives Blindfolded High-Wire Walk and Reveals Next Stunt

Nik Wallenda Survives Blindfolded High-Wire Walk and Reveals Next Stunt

Originally posted 11/02/2014 09:05PM

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No Harness, No Net: High-Wire Daredevil Nik Wallenda Shares His 'Backup Plan'

No Harness, No Net: High-Wire Daredevil Nik Wallenda Shares His 'Backup Plan'

Originally posted 11/02/2014 11:40AM

He has already crossed the Grand Canyon on a high wire without a harness, and on Sunday, master tightrope artist Nik Wallenda is set to face an equal challenge – this time, between two Chicago skyscrapers.

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Shark Week Mascot Answers PEOPLE Editors' Most Pressing Questions

Shark Week Mascot Answers PEOPLE Editors' Most Pressing Questions

Originally posted 08/10/2014 06:30PM

Squid guts, puns about fins, nightmares – we can only be talking about one thing.

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They've Got Bite! Watch Sharks Attack Scientists' Robot

They've Got Bite! Watch Sharks Attack Scientists' Robot

Originally posted 08/07/2014 11:50AM

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute filmed great white sharks attacking their cameras

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A Show of Strength: American Muscle's Mike Barwis Helps People Walk Again

American Muscle's Mike Barwis Helps People Walk Again

Originally posted 07/23/2014 06:00PM



Mike Barwis is a complicated fella. As one of the world's top strength-training coaches, Barwis – who is the focus of Discovery's new sports docuseries, American Muscle – can often be seen reducing 300-lb. NFL linemen to quivering, sobbing and vomiting wrecks with his insanely grueling workouts.

"How many people have I made vomit? I don't know if I can count that high," the raspy-voiced Barwis, the former strength and conditioning coach of the University of Michigan's football team, tells PEOPLE. "I push people to the wall and sometimes that involves ... well, a little upset stomach."

But there's another side to Barwis, who can squat 700 lbs. and bench-press over 450 lbs. When he's not training Olympians or some of the nation's top pro athletes at his gym in Plymouth, Michigan, he's putting in countless hours (often for free) each week helping people with debilitating medical conditions regain the use of their legs.

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