While many people dream of giving up the regular conveniences of modern life to attempt to live off the grid in remote places like Alaska, few actually do it. On the Discovery Channel's latest survival reality series, 100 Days Wild, seven strangers will attempt to forge a self-sufficient colony out in the 49th state in the beginning of winter.
Over the span of 100 days, the settlers will determine if they can make their Alaska dreams a reality, or if they should return to the lower 48.
Led by couple Andrew and Jennifer, the group must also deal with the social stresses of their new living situation, and having to take directions from one another. Who are Jennifer and Andrew from 100 Days Wild? The pair is largely in charge of the group's fate.
Who are Jennifer and Andrew from '100 Days Wild'?
At the onset of the 100 days in the wild, the only sense of structure that the group will have is from couple Andrew and Jennifer. The two are the ones who decided to create the group, and they're the only members who have met before. Prior to the show's inception, they built an outpost, which is completely off the grid. It will host themselves and the five others who are trying to make it through the elements.
Andrew and Jennifer will be guiding the others around the Tanana Valley, which is a remote lowland spit in the middle of the state. It has largely been unexplored, which will make it ideal for the drama on the series.
For five years, Jennifer and Andrew have been looking to find individuals who would be interested in creating their own community in the region. Each member must have a particular skill set that will lead them to success.
The other pioneers are Gerrid, Christine McGuigan, Evan, Oliver, and Adam Frye. Per the trailer for the series, one of the group members is an Army vet, another is a self-described mountain man, one is a salesman, and a fourth is a homesteader.
In addition to figuring out the Alaska landscape as winter approaches, the members will have to navigate their relationships with one another.
When did '100 Days Wild' film?
The concept of the Discovery series could potentially work with the coronavirus pandemic restrictions, leading some to wonder when exactly the show was filmed.
Cast member Christine McGuigan, who is referred to as the "hippie" of the group, confirmed on Facebook that she went to Alaska for the show in the fall of 2019. While some viewers will likely be desperate to find out if the group was able to make it through the winter, Christine did not spoil how the experience turned out.
"Last fall I was gone for a few months, my first time in Alaska doing this Discovery TV series that starts next week. Feels surreal to watch the trailer and remember actually being there," she wrote. "Regardless of how it turns out, this experience was possibly the best decision I've ever made and has started a whole new and exciting chapter in my life, I feel I am exactly where I'm meant to be, and for that I am so grateful."
100 Days Wild airs on Fridays at 9 p.m. ET on Discovery.