By: Valerie Milano – Beverly Hills, CA (Hollywood Today) 8/12/12
Monday’s episode, “Amphibious Assault” introduces the stars who will be trying to earn their stripes
Starting Monday, NBC premieres a new reality series unlike any other, which honors the men and women of our armed forces and first responder services. The show is produced by Mark Burnett, (“Survivor”, “Celebrity Apprentice”, “The Voice”) and hosted by (retired) General Wesley Clark and Samantha Harris, (“Dancing With the Stars”).
Eight celebrities will compete at a training facility, performing missions and military exercises. Every mission that they survive (are not eliminated) will earn them a “stripe” and money for their chosen military-supporting charity. Each contestant is assigned a special ops or law enforcement professional to provide them combat tactics, weapons training, and a mission partner.
Monday’s episode, “Amphibious Assault” introduces the stars who will be trying to earn their stripes: four-time undefeated world boxing champion Laila Ali; actor Dean Cain (“Out of Time,” “Five Days of War”); actor and former National Football League player Terry Crews (“The Expendables 2,”, “The Newsroom”); NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” trainer Dolvett Quince; Olympic multi-platinum recording artist, actor, producer and television personality Nick Lachey; gold medalist Picabo Street; WWE diva Eve Torres; and Alaska businessman and four-time Iron Dog snowmobile race champion Todd Palin. Before the training started, Nick Lachey joked, “Nothing prepares you for battle like a boy band.”
The first mission involves a squad (two celebrities with their two operative partiers) attempting to complete a mission. The two partners that score the lowest face off in an “Elimination Shootout” to decide who goes home.
Terry Crews jokingly told Hollywood Today and other journalists there were times he was ready to give up, ““Look, I’m an actor. I only look badass!” he said with a laugh. “I want my smoothie; you know what I’m saying?”
From jumping out of helicopters to blowing up real estate, we get an inside look at the tough world of defense training. Palin, in the same interview explained, “We worked with military operatives who are the best of the best, you know, Delta Force, Navy SEALs, State Troopers, and they trained us and would give us the confidence”.
I’ll admit, when I first heard the premise, I rolled my eyes a bit at another B-list celebrity reality show. However, this impressive show is a real adrenaline rush. It’s worth watching and will give you a strong appreciation for the sheer abilities of our military forces. This show raises the bar for reality competitions.
“Stars Earn Stripes” premieres on NBC, Monday, August 13 at 8pm.