Kim Shelton, a 22-year-old woman from Walker, Minn., is about to make her debut on the boob tube Sunday, with the Discovery Channel airing the premiere of a new reality series called "Naked and Afraid."
Shelton, an experienced survival expert who went to school at the Wilderness Awareness School in Washington, found out about the show while at school and decided to apply, reports the Grand Rapids Herald Review. After a series of interviews with the show’s producers, Shelton was cast as one of the program’s female survivalists, and will be on the series’ debut episode June 23.
The show appears to live up to its name, if maybe Bob Guccione was a consultant on "Survivor." Here's what the New York Post has to say about it:
"Each week two strangers — male and female —must survive for 21 days without clothing, food, water and, did I mention, 'clothing?' The payoff? Not dying." Then again, the Post says Shelton is from Minneapolis.
And, hey, if you do happen to be dying, Variety reports the crew is instructed not to intervene unless there's a medical emergency.
The premiere pairs Shane Lewis, 40, with Shelton in the jungle of Costa Rica. He insists on calling her “kiddo,” reports Variety, and professes to have little respect for twentysomethings. They meet already naked, out in the wild — and proceed to (spolier alert!) snipe at each other while trying to do things like eat and sleep. Except, you know, in the wild. Buck naked.
Scary, indeed. In fact, this clip makes the show look like one long bummer, to be honest.
What about -- in the words of another famous television survivor, Radar O'Reilly -- "nuditity"?
“I thought about it for a little bit and thought that it might be a little embarrassing, but who cares?” Shelton tells the Herald Review. “Once you get naked... it’s just a body.”