General Wesley Clark (USA, Ret.) To Host Reality Show

Wesley Clark, the former NATO Supreme Commander and Presidential candidate, will be hosting a reality show this summer:

NBC’s upcoming military-themed competition series Stars Earn Stripes has lined up a celebrity cast, plus enlisted a former NATO commander as its host.

Stars Earn Stripes will feature celebrities competing in tough military training exercises and has the exclusive online cast scoop. NBC has tapped General Wesley Clark (ret.), the former Supreme Allied Commander Europe for NATO and 2004 presidential candidate to host the show along with TV personality Samantha Harris (Entertainment TonightDancing with the Stars).

The celebrity competitors include boxing champion Laila Ali, actor Dean Cain (Out of Time), former NFL player Terry Crews (The Expendables), singer Nick Lachey (The Sing-Off), Sarah Palin’s husband Todd Palin, Olympic gold medalist Picabo Street, The Biggest Loser trainer Dolvett Quince and WWE star Eve Torres.

“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,” said Clark in a statement. “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.”

The eight competitors will gather at a training facility where they will tackle complicated and difficult “missions” inspired by real-life military exercises. Like on Dancing With the Stars, each celebrity will be partnered with an expert — in this case, an experienced member of the U.S. military or a law enforcement agency. Contests range from helicopter drops to long-range target shooting, with the celebrity and the veteran competing as a team. Each week, one team is eliminated.

Everyone has to earn a little dough, I suppose. The question, though, is how it can be a real reality show if it doesn’t include David Hasselhoff and at least one Kardashian sister.

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  1. Moosebreath says:

    Nothing is as unrealistic as a “reality show”.

  2. DRS says:

    Reason Magazine’s Hit and Run blog sites this new show as proof that the Apocolypse has already begun…

  3. Jenos Idanian #13 says:

    Stupid article.

    Dean Cain will always be known as Superman from “Lois and Clark.” As well as the (likely) guy who deflowered Brooke Shields.

  4. Tillman says:

    This show already happened, though admittedly without the…celebrities? I don’t recognize half those people.

    Whatever. The show was called Boot Camp, I recall the woman who won took three or four hours in the last episode to get over the rope wall. Apparently there was a Celebrity Boot Camp that Wikipedia kinda-sorta mentions, but I’d never heard of it before now.

    Then again, eleven years is a long time in television.