Contestants Spent A Year Living In The Woods For A Reality Show That Nobody Told Them Was Canceled

Last year, U.K.'s Channel 4 sent 23 men and women into the woods to build a community from scratch and survive in the woods for a full year in a new reality TV show called Eden.

The show asked viewers, "What if we could start again?"

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Four crew members were sent out into the wild to record the contestants as they tried to build a self-sufficient community without the help of modern equipment or conveniences and survive for a whole year.

There was, of course, plenty of drama. Messy romantic entanglements, physical altercations, and the general feeling of tension and uneasiness that comes from gnawing hunger pains. Over time, the number of contestants gradually dwindled from 23 to just 10.

Unlike on "Survivor," however, these contestants all left voluntarily.


Now, here comes the craziest part: Eden was canceled after airing just four hour-long episodes in July and August!

Oh my...


Unfortunately, the show struggled to ignite viewers' interest. The viewership for the show quickly dropped from an initial 1.8 million to just 800,000.

Now, reality shows get canceled all the time, so this is nothing new. But usually when that happens, everyone and everything is packed up and the production company moves on to the next project. What was odd about Eden was the fact that filming resumed for the rest of the year even though the show had been taken off the air because the network hoped to use the footage at a later date.

Even social media accounts for the show gradually died down.


Here's the last activity on the show's Twitter account, showing a contestant cradling a baby goat.


The show's producers declined to inform contestants that they were still out there for essentially no reason, but several contestants left the show voluntarily over time.

Tara Zielman was the first contestant to leave after being bullied by male cast members. Several others followed suit.


In an interview with The Sun, a source reported, "Eden was definitely an experiment and it hasn't gone well. The Scottish Highlands are not glamorous and it’s a big ask to get people to give up a whole year of their lives. There have been exits after Tara and that has been another setback."

In an official statement, the network said "The appeal of Eden is that it was a real experiment and when filming began we had no idea what the results would be and how those taking part would react to being isolated for months in a remote part of the British Isles. That’s why we did it and the story of their time, including the highs and the lows, will be shown later this year.

Channel 4 says they plan on releasing the rest of the year's footage - if anyone is even interested - after a hiatus.


Tom Wah, a 25-year-old outdoors instructor, is another contestant who decided to leave the show early.


In a rather scathing Twitter post, he explained that the show wasn't what he expected it to be and was disappointed by how misleading the production was.


Maria Macpherson, a local resident of a nearby village, told reporters that the show was a "joke." She also explained that "some of the participants were even seen in the dentist at Fort William needing treatment after eating chicken feed grit. It has not done this area any favours – it has just not lived up to expectations."

The show also stirred up a lot of controversy with animal welfare groups when it showed a contestant slaughtering a lamb to bring back to camp as food.

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The year is now over, and the contestants who managed to stick it out for the whole time have come home to a rather rude awakening. They've been out of touch with the world for a whole year, meaning that not only do they come home to find their show's been canceled - they also have the shock of finding out about things like Brexit and the surprising Presidential victory of Donald Trump.

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