On Sunday, Balassone makes her television debut, as the Discovery Channel airs her episode of "Naked and Afraid" — a survival show in which guests are left out in the wilderness with no food, shelter or even clothes.
debuted in 2015 and was the year's top new unscripted cable series across several key adult demos, including 25-54 and 18-49, and total viewers.
The second season was Sunday night's most watched unscripted cable series across adults 25-54 and males 25-54.
While it is common for reality shows to fake things on screen, the entire premise of “Naked and Afraid” is that “there is no manipulation, no element of scripted reality,” executive producer Denis Contis told the Wall Street Journal.
“It’s the ultimate survival show,” continued Contis.
But behind the scenes of last Sunday’s premiere episode producers gave a sick female contestant food and IVs without telling the audience while her male partner broke three toes with viewers only learning that he had hurt his foot, according to Mail Online.