Dual Survival: Fans will decide if Cody's new partner 'works'

Fans of Dual Survival anxiously await the Discovery Channel unveiling of Cody Lundin's new partner.

This season, Cody Lundin, host of the Discovery Channel’s Dual Survival, will be paired with a new partner. At this point, there has been no official announcement as to who that new partner will be, but fans are anxious about having a new partnership guiding them through differing terrains this season. But, it is unlikely that they need to worry; Discovery Channel seems to have gotten the “television survival” formula worked out well with Dual Survival, and it’s likely that success will continue in the new season.

Television survival, as Lundin has written in the past, is, first and foremost, for ratings. Lundin writes on his website, “Now-a-days, to achieve ratings, almost anything goes.” Nature shows, he points out, have become increasingly focused on the host, not the nature. Given this fact, it’s likely that the new host of Dual Survival, while not Dave Canterbury, will have good chemistry with Lundin, as well; it will then, of course, be up to the viewing audience to decide if the pairing works.

Lundin, while fully accepted by the viewers as the “real deal,” has been candid about some of the “incredibly dumb things” he has been asked to do—and has not necessarily done—"by network executives such as purposely fall into cold water and get hypothermic in the name of ‘drama.’” And, many fans are aware of the “eat-a-rat” scene, described by Lundin on his website to give fans an idea about how some scenes on the show are staged:

Once the initial filming has been accomplished in the field, there is nothing that can’t be faked or tweaked to a producers liking in the edit bay back at the production company. No one is willing to risk an entire operating budget to film in Africa and not get what they came for, one way or another. Again, money is the name of the game. In my “eat a rat” video, a production company hired a film crew for specific reasons to film me. It was known beforehand that the intention of the shoot was for me to kill and eat a packrat. As the film crew was being paid and on site for only a day, I had to kill the rat the day before. I placed the long dead rat under the deadfall rock minutes before we shot the scene. It appears that the deadfall trap was tripped and killed the rat…which was the point. Again, almost anything can be done in the edit room with the right footage.

A Perfect Pairing

Much as the show itself is a formula and a money game, so are the hosts. Lundin, of course, is the barefoot, braided, self-styled “hippie” survivalist; the natural partner for him is someone like Canterbury—hardcore, straight-laced and reeking of having been formally trained in a military—or similar—environment. Canterbury was the perfect foil for Lundin. But, as they say, everyone can be replaced, and replace him they have. With who? That is the burning question at the moment.

In a press release, Lundin confirmed that Canterbury has not been a part of Dual Survival since September 2011. And, he expressed confidence in his new partner on the show, saying, “I am proud to work with my new Dual Survival partner as we take the show to even greater levels.” Some may see this as proof enough that the show will indeed be all that it once was and more; others will no doubt see Lundin’s words as press rhetoric, and turn a skeptical eye to the new Dual Survival pairing. Only time—and ratings—will tell who is right.

Stay tuned. And, if you would like to see the "eat-a-rat" scene, check out the video below.

UPDATED: Will fans give Joe Teti a chance?

UPDATED: Dave addresses Dual Survival situation on new YouTube video.

Image: Discovery Channel

Video: YouTube

Comments

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Dave was more realistic, Cody lives in the new age crystal glowing tie die world. Walking around barefoot is idiotic, as we have seen, over and over...right Cody?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
people walked around barefoot for thousands of years, and still do in many areas...our feet have been pampered with shoes for many years. that's exactly what he's talking about.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
People walked barefoot for thousands of years.....because they had no choice! This comment is a classic example of the sort of rampant primitive condescension that is so prevalent in some quarters these days. People lived in mud huts, scrounged for foot daily on the edge of starvation, ate only "natural" foods and didn't wear shoes....because they had no choice! Do you really think if you went back in time and showed some bushman shoes that would prevent his feet from being cut to pieces and gave him a nice modern house with electricity and running water he would choose to live the "natural, primitive" lifestyle? Of course not!

Submitted by pibemolleja (not verified) on
what a nooob.....

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Your comment is classic example of when shit hits the fan, you'll be so dead, cause you are too used to live in comfort.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Yes, and people still drink water directly from dirty streams and worship wood fairies. What's your point?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
How is he more realistic? I know cause he lied thats makes him realistic. Cody can survive anywhere Go Cody!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Cody is a dick.He is so full of his self.If it weren't for Dave in some of those episodes Cody would be screwed.Period.The show is going to suck so much without Dave.Was a great show but now it won't make a 4th season.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
CODY is great. Very interesting to watch and he is informative too. I like him. CODY LUNDIN has taught me several survival tools I wouldnt have learned from watching anyone else... AS for DAVE? He is the life of the party. His aggression levels out the show and makes it much more entertaining. I dont know if it was CODY not wanting DAVE in the picture or if it was the PRODUCERS but i think replacing DAVE WILL KILL THE SHOW. I know i probably wont watch it anymore.. Thats sad too because this is one of my favorite shows :(

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Dave was "Replaced" because he lied in his resume. He is not an ex-sniper and some of his other credentials could not be verified. That being said I did like the Hippie/Redneck pairing. Personally i think what you know is more important than what you did. I will miss Dave on the show but I still follow him on Youtube.

Submitted by Jim Roush (not verified) on
Cody is very well-versed in survival tactics,but the "no-shoe" thing is too precious. Yeah,Codester,yer a big ol' freak but even freaks are smart enough to wear boots in snow and ice. Yer seeming like a poser,and that is no good.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I wouldnt be surprised if it turns out to be mychael hawk. i was talking to a few "special" guys the other day and they said his camp was legit.

Submitted by Sumblkguy (not verified) on
I think Mykel Hawk would be a great replacement, he is just as good at hunting, better at fire, and entertaining as well!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Dave was more realistic, Cody lives in the new age crystal glowing tie die world. Walking around barefoot is idiotic, as we have seen, over and over...right Cody?

Submitted by Wayne Kerr (not verified) on
Dave has been caught lying about his background. Discovery had to get rid of him because he has become a liability. Cody does the barefoot thing, it is his choice. You don't have to agree with it, and you can change the channel if you don't like it.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
just curious, lying about what? O_o

Submitted by Wayne Kerr (not verified) on
For starters, he claimed to have been an Army Ranger. Do a search on him, the information is out there.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
You're telling people that the info is out there, then posting B.S. He did lie about some training and military role, but never claimed a Ranger Tab. If you're going to crucify the guy, get your facts straight.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
He DID indeed claim he was Ranger qualified, in online forums. Proven he was not, and subsequently removed from Discovery Channel.

Submitted by Wayne Kerr (not verified) on
Lemme try this one more time. The information is out there. Don't believe me if you wish, it's no skin off my nose.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Well said.

Submitted by Vaughn lodge III (not verified) on
Dual survival is my favorite show. I loved it do much because Dave and Cody were two completely different people in many ways, but in the end all the difference were set aside. They dropped all the differences and worked together and got shit done. I've talked to Dave before, sure not a long hour talk but I was saying how much his show means to me, and that would suck if he got replaced. Why change something thats not broken? Hopefully discovery won't be a dipshit and replace Dave. Dave as Cody for life!!!

Submitted by rgd (not verified) on
i cant believe it, i thougt they were repalcing cody. i can only hope dave get a new show

Submitted by bluefirebid.com (not verified) on
i will watch it, i love this show - go cody go

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Cody is my favorite, he is witty but I have watched the show for learning purposes! I have recorded them and watched in great detail! The only time I felt it was fake was when Cody couldn't start a fire, Cody can start a fire anywhere! So Cody, if you ever read this crap- I'm learning from you and paying attention!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Cody is my favorite, he is witty but I have watched the show for learning purposes! I have recorded them and watched in great detail! The only time I felt it was fake was when Cody couldn't start a fire, Cody can start a fire anywhere! So Cody, if you ever read this crap- I'm learning from you and paying attention!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Cody teaches at a Arizona college. He has access to a computer.

Submitted by Guy (not verified) on
Ok I have been a fan of this show from the beginning. I have always wished for the chance to do what Cody and Dave do or did for a living. This show is the first thing I record and I have seen every episod more than twice. If you guys read this stuff you are Awsome! It is upsetting to hear that Dave is gone as he reminded me of my family members and Cody you reminded me on Conan. I hope Dave finds a new home in survival training as he did sacrifice for the show "arm cutting". Cody I will be watching the show because you awsome as well! What happend to Dave though and why replace him. No disrespect to Cody just wondering why he is gone?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Cody has gone on record about this and it has become apparent what happened. Dave Canterbury, while a successful entrepreneur and consummate woodsman, seemingly ...um...polished his military resume with a tad too much boot black, by claiming he had been things and done things that he hadn't. Unfortunately for him Discovery used some of this exaggeration in its promotional material and when it came out that he had exaggerated there was little choice but to drop him or to lose the integrity of the show. Cody takes his survival instructor job very seriously as is apparent if you read either of his books, and its clear he wasn't pleased with this breach of trust.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
CODY is great. Very interesting to watch and he is informative too. I like him. CODY LUNDIN has taught me several survival tools I wouldnt have learned from watching anyone else... AS for DAVE? He is the life of the party. His aggression levels out the show and makes it much more entertaining. I dont know if it was CODY not wanting DAVE in the picture or if it was the PRODUCERS but i think replacing DAVE WILL KILL THE SHOW. I know i probably wont watch it anymore.. Thats sad too because this is one of my favorite shows :(

Submitted by aki (not verified) on
Arguing with Cody about how many sticks to burn in a fire, and just being down right difficult with your survival buddy, just shows you how to die. You have to listen to a veteran like Cody.. this new guy is garbage..

Submitted by aki (not verified) on
Arguing with Cody about how many sticks to burn in a fire, and just being down right difficult with your survival buddy, just shows you how to die. You have to listen to a veteran like Cody.. this new guy is garbage..

Submitted by Charles hurd (not verified) on
I really hope the idiots responsible for replacing Dave pull their heads out of their intestines and put Dave back with Cody! His credentials don't take away from the fact that he is extremely knowledgeable in survival and has taught many useful tips and techniques to many thousands of people thoroughly! If Dave is done with the show then so am I!!!

Submitted by Mark Monroe (not verified) on
Cody was the show. I can't wait for the new season to start.Cody would be my choice if I was lost in the woods and had to survive for days before help came.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Here's the deal guy's and gal's!!! I have followed Dave since a few months after he started making YouTube video's. The thing with me about Dave was "The Common Man" his video's before he was on the show was bushcraft/survival on a budget that was why I started watching him. He would do video's on cheaper gear that he had found that was reliable and poor man friendly. A few example's are the Cold Steel Trail Hawk, The Becker BK2 and The Military A.L.I.C.E. Pack. I could buy all of this for about $100.00 dollars not each!!! I mean all of it together. But as soon as Dave's show hit the T.V. He turned into support our local companies and buy made in the USA the funny thing was is he was now selling the knife,Hawk and backpack with the Pathfinder Logo and it was all made in the USA!!! Oh!!! I almost forgot the stuff that Dave started selling that he was making the cash on, The cost was over a THOUSAND DOLLARS!!! Yes more then $1,000.00 Dollars is what he was charging the people who he said he would not forget!!! Oh yall don't remember the little heart felt sign he was going to do while they were taping so that all the people who had showed him support before he was a Big Time Actor would know he remembered where he come from and was very grateful to them first and foremost. Dave all that hard work you put in on YouTube and all the people that kept their word about keeping the fire burning for you when you where gone, We didn't even get the crappy signal you promised. And then when you were in a position to bring the tribal knowledge to the forefront of the American People you dropped the ball and turned into the person that we all, including yourself didn't want to see on T.V. anymore, another Bear Grylls!!! The only difference is he sells his equipment at a much better price for the common man like myself and every single person who followed you back in the day. The bad part of it all was that we lost you as a teacher and a friend when all you had to do was offer a good cheap product for your poor fans and a more expensive product for your rich fans and then after the first season was up have a gathering and and let anyone who wanted to attend just show up and pay as much as they could afford for a ticket no matter if it was $400 dollars or $10 dollars and pay the people who helped you and then donate the rest to the Pathfinder Youth Groups. Dave this would have saved your career and we would be watching season 3 with you in it. I mean I will still watch a show with Dave in it, but as far as being back with my support like I was? Dave you are really going to have to get "Back to the Basic's" no punt intended Roger!!!LOL!!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Dave cannot survive without gear and Cody can. Dave cannot make fire with sticks Cody can. I teach primitive skills and i can say Cody knows what he is doing. He is the show.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Cody is the show? lay down you don't know what your talking about no one wants to watch a hippy knitting we want to see things like setting traps and catching food or making a good shelter. The real survival things.

Submitted by Nicole1gg (not verified) on
Dont get me wrong I love cody but Dave make it happen he get's meat not grubb 's, sapp or small thing's that are rich in protein dave find's a way for them to survive on (MEAT) he is the leadder of there team they both may not agree all the time but cody trust Dave more than this new guy Joe Cody & Dave is who I love to watch together Dave bring's alot to the table for survival

Submitted by Nicole1gg (not verified) on
He may have a time making fire with stick's but he can do it with (PISS) LOL

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I'm guessing Steven Seagal would be Dave's replacement.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Well Cody is just smh such a whiner. You would think that Dave was the Husband and Cody was the wife always complaining i don't like this spot lets take another way down. Grow up. But some of the things he does are great and others he acts so scared.

Submitted by Nicole1gg (not verified) on
Why in the world would u guy's take Dave off the show he made shit happen I don't care about the lie's he told oh well so what him an cody work'ed so well together this new guy may have some skill's but he's not dave BRING DAVE BACK A.S.A.P when I watch this show I want to she Dave & Cody only WE LOVE U DAVE

Submitted by Justin Stollings (not verified) on
Dave and Cody together made the show work. We need Dave back....

Submitted by Duane (not verified) on
I watched one show and that new guy has to go, bring backDave

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
i do not like the new replacement. dave and cody worked together even thought they had different ideas.The replacement just wants to argue and who drinks their own urine for a mental edge?? I think discovery is trying to make this show to dramatic with all clashing personalities.

Submitted by Debi (not verified) on
They have joe acting way to bossy, to much acting, now it just seems like just another reality show, they need to just be theirselves and then it will be more believable and people might learn somethin from them.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I really enjoyed watching this show- one of the best of its kind to come along in years! Cody and Dave had the right chemistry to make a show like this work. I cannot believe they were so worried about Daves Resume that they killed this great duo. Mark my words- this was a tragically short-sighted decision. The new guy does not have the personality and charisma that Dave had. The show was entertainment for crying out loud...