Skip to content

You Will Have to Wait Until 2010 To See Ted Nugent Hunt Down Another Human Being

July 20, 2009

Sorry, but if you wanted to see the reality TV version of “The Most Dangerous Game”, you’ll have to wait a little longer.  The Futon Critic reports that CMT is postponing Runnin’ Wild … From Ted Nugent from this August to early 2010.  Runnin’ Wild is a logical progression in The Nuge’s survivalist oeuvre: competitors learn survival skills that they use in “challenges”, i.e. being hunted by Uncle Ted.

The Nuge has made a cottage industry of teaching city dwellers how to rough it.  In Wanted: Ted or Alive, he invited five people to his Michigan ranch to learn survival skills, like killing and cleaning game.  Spirit of the Wild saw Ted teaching people to bow-hunt.  Surviving Nugent participants had to, among other things, build outhouses and skin a boar; while in Surviving Nugent: The Ted Commandments they did similar stuff at his ranch in Texas.  In the latter show, Nugent injured himself with a chainsaw, which required stitches and leg braces.

It’s kind of hard to dislike the guy.  The political leanings of The Nuge and his TV consorts probably couldn’t be much further apart, but he’s so earnest and passionate in his hunting/self-defense proselytizing that even No Reservation’s Anthony Bourdain come away surprised and charmed.  Not to mention that a lot of what Nugent teaches is probably stuff we should know anyway.  (He also had the best concert t-shirt ever: Ted flying on a dismembered hand with its middle finger extended over a crowd of hands with their middle fingers extended, with the phrase “Full Bluntal Nugity” printed on back.  Yes, this shirt is real.  I have seen it.) And his love of musicians he feels have true energy and feeling has turned him into a fan of Green Day, whose politics he calls “sub-human”, and the freakin’ Jonas Brothers—again, he doesn’t necessarily like the music, but the people behind it.

So it should be interesting to see how Runnin’ Wild … From Ted Nugent will legally orchestrate the first real compound-bow killing and “cleaning” of human prey on cable TV.  If I were a contestant on this show, I’d be reading the fine print very carefully.

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: