Earlier today, NBC announced the full cast list for its upcoming reality competition series Stars Earn Stripes. The show will feature celebrities being put through their paces in unforgiving military training exercises. Taking a cue from Dancing With The Stars, each celebrity will be teamed with an experienced member of the military or law enforcement, and each week the two will either remain or be eliminated as a team.
The cast is as follows: boxing champion Laila Ali (daughter of Muhammad), former Lois & Clark star Dean Cain, "Expendable" Terry Crews, singer Nick Lachey, Todd Palin (husband of former Alaska Gov. and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah), Olympic gold medalist Picabo Street, "The Biggest Loser" trainer Dolvett Quince, and last but not least, WWE "diva" Eve Torres.
Who will be barking orders at this motley crew you ask? That would be retired General (and former Presidential candidate) Wesley Clark, who is sharing hosting duties with former Entertainment Tonight correspondent Samantha Harris. Clark had the following to say about accepting this new gig -
"I am thrilled to join Stars Earn Stripes as host and look forward to watching the celebrity cast members test themselves as they step up to take on these tough challenges. This new series pays tribute to members of our dedicated armed forces and civil law enforcement and I know that the winnings, which will be donated to first-responder charity and veterans groups, will make a difference and send an important message."
While I think that the General might be engaging in a bit of hyperbole there as to the importance of what sounds like celebrity competition series #214135, the fact that the winnings are being donated to veterans and first-responders is definitely a great thing. Stars Earn Stripes is being executive produced by TV powerhouses Mark Burnett, Dick Wolf, and David A. Hurwitz, and is set to premiere on Monday, August 13th at 8pm EST.
Are you interested in watching these Stars Earn Stripes, or is this yet another reality show that we don't need?
Source: Entertainment Weekly