The NBC drama is filmed in Canada but set in the remote territory of Tunguska as contestants are expected to survive without any equipment or food.
Anderson is one of the actors playing reality contestants on the drama, but using their own names. The moves have helped the show baffle social media about whether Siberia is real or fake.
“It was only once we had signed confidentiality agreements and were offered roles that we discovered our characters were reality show contestants. It’s a fake reality TV show if you will. Think Survivor crossed with Lost with a dash of The Blair Witch Project,” Anderson told News Corp.
The series was fully financed by film producer Michael Ohoven of Infinity Media, skipping the pilot stage. But in its first outing it pulled a modest 3.2 million total viewers, against Under the Dome‘s 11.5 million viewers.
In Russia the Siberian Times has criticised the show’s “negatively-slanted portrayal of Siberia.”