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Are you a millennial? Are you a backpacker? If you answered with a spirited, “F, yeah!” then you’re probably as stoked as we are for the new MTV show, Stranded with a Million Dollars. The premise is simple: 10 attractive millennials must survive on a deserted island for 40 days with nothing but the clothes on their backs and some drones to document it all—oh, and a million bucks. Which is important because now millennials can backpack for money, so there’s hope for us.
Those who last all 40 days will split the $1,000,000 pot. But there’s a catch: Contestants can dip into the prize pool to buy stuff. Some are “necessity” items, like a match and strike surface ($1,000) or a blanket ($10,000). But others are pure luxuries, like a gallon of milk ($5,000) or yoga pants ($3,500). (Editor’s note: If you ever spent $3,500 of my prize money on yoga pants, we would not be friends, IRL or on Instagram.)
So, what are a couple of backpacking millennials to do about it? Blog about it, duh.
The show will air every Tuesday and we’ll be posting a recap the following day. In said recap, we’ll congratulate the folks who gave us millennials a good name and SMH at those who sullied our reputation even more. Best of all: We’ll rank everyone’s performance on a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is “just barely surviving” and 10 is “totally sur-thriving.” We’ll critique (or bow down to) the contestants’ backcountry skills and survival techniques, and we invite you to join us.
The first episode airs tonight at 10 p.m ET/PT. Follow up on our Stranded With a Million Dollars review page to read our recap on Wednesday.