The third season of Dual Survival will air its premiere one-hour special episode “Unbraided” this January 1, 2013. It won’t be a survival match just yet, but rather an introduction to Joseph Teti, selected as Cody Lundin’s new partner in the Discovery Channel show.

In September of 2011, it was announced that Dave Canterbury, who was with Lundin for two seasons, would not be returning to the show because of an “exaggerated military background on his resume.” A statement from Cody Lundin said it is “the goal of the survival instructor is to keep people alive. To accomplish this goal, honesty, integrity, trust and competence must come first. These core values cannot be compromised or people’s lives are needlessly put at risk. In a profession where human lives are at stake, dishonesty about one’s background and experience is an inexcusable breach of trust.”

Teti has stepped in to take Canterbury’s place as a military survival expert. He is a “former Force Recon Marine, Army Special Forces ‘Green Beret’ and a former operative in one of the most top-secret government counter-terrorist units in the world,” according to a Discovery Channel press release. “He attended several survival schools in his career, is an expert in unconventional warfare and is part of only one percent of all Special Forces operators who is both HALO and SCUBA qualified.,” according to the release.

“There is no question, Cody Lundin is one of the world’s foremost experts in self-reliance and living off the land. And Joe Teti’s ability to survive a decade of combat in some of the most dangerous situations and harshest terrain on the planet makes him the perfect addition to Dual Survival,” French Horwitz, Discovery Channel executive producer, told FOX. “The differences between these two men couldn’t be more drastic, but each is formidable in his own way. This will unquestionably be the best season yet.”

The special episode airs Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 8/7 Central time. The first standard episode of the season, “Mars on Earth,” follows at 9/8 Central when the pair is dropped into the driest place on earth, Chile’s Atacama desert.

Image copyright Jackie Brewster/Discovery Channel

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