I always strongly suspected that the interpersonal 'drama' on Dual Survival was contrived. I guess that if this was one of the issues of contention that I'd have to back him up on his decision. Because TV needs more drama, right?- like on Man vs. Wild? This is also one reason that, though he is clearly an accomplished outdoorsman and adventurer, Bear Grylls' show annoys the hell out of me and I refuse to watch it. Each episode is 30 minutes of my life wasted that I'll never get back. I interpret it as a total sell-out on Bear's part.
I did like Cody, though. He's also my my 7-year-old daughter's favorite: "The barefoot guy! Yay! Is he going to eat that snake?!?"
That's why I'm a Survivorman guy, myself, if I must pick one of those shows to prefer.
Man, Woman, Wild was amusing at times, too, and the occasional conflict and drama did not seem contrived in that I actually believe that she is in fact just that much of a slight drama queen. After all, she is a television journalist and actress... The expert-vs-neophyte angle was a nice idea, too. (Well, sort of neophyte- she is clearly at least well traveled.) Perhaps their new show Lost Survivors will be similar.
Naked and Afraid is also an interesting angle, though I again suspect that at least some of the drama is contrived, if only because the subjects might be told to "express all of your thoughts and feelings" or somesuch, which leads to them all sounding whiney.
Dude, You're Screwed is also amusing, but in an entirely different way... :)
Personally, I would LOVE a more realistic survival show, or even just a primitive skills show since we're talking about Cody Lundin. A good show might be him placed in various survival situations with a non-survivalist neophyte (or several, it could vary) so that the skills teaching involved can be included in a non-contrived way.