Ex-British Special Forces adventurer Bear Grylls is still trying to claw his way out from underneath a pile of public-relations elephant dung regarding his Discovery Channel series "Man vs. Wild." Seems ol' Bear was "roughing it" in a motel and staging certain "wild" scenes. Then there's the gigantic list of bad advice he supposedly has given: Thirsty in the wild? Yes! Drink your own urine, of course!
Grylls' show can't compare to the more compelling, blue-collar "Survivorman." I am totally freaking addicted to "Survivorman." Host Les Stroud gets dumped off in the middle of nowhere with little but a ton of camera equipment to lug and a Canadian sense of humor. Not only does Stroud have to survive (he often looks downright miserable at night), he has to film everything by himself. That's hardcore. Grylls has a camera crew. Not hardcore.
Both men eat a lot of caterpillars and scorpions. Definitely bug-core.