“Stars Earn Stripes,” from Mark Burnett and Dick Wolf, will put celebrities through military exercises with the prize money going to charity
"Law and Order" executive producer Wolf and reality TV guru Burnett are teaming up for a new NBC reality show that will put celebrities through their paces — all for a good cause.
"Stars Earn Stripes" will bring nine celebrities from the film, music and sports world to "a top-notch, secret military training facility," where they'll be paired with trainers to prepare for a weekly challenge. The challenges, culled from actual exercises from the armed services, will range from hostage rescues to properly placing a laser target on a mountaintop.
Prize money will be donated to a military charity.
"I think this is a unique opportunity to pay a tribute to our troops and first responders who put their lives on the line every day," Wolf said of the new venture. "Mark and I are looking forward to working together as we bring this exciting, dramatic and entertaining competition to viewers."
"When I see someone in a military uniform I make it a point to approach them, shake their hand and say five words … 'thank you for your service,'" Burnett, whose reality TV bona fides include "Survivor," "The Voice" and many others, added. "Stars Earn Stripes" is a high energy, fun, action show, but at its heart it is all about those five words: 'Thank you for your service'. Our celebrities are going to experience the high adrenaline that special forces and law enforcement encounter and will realize how very hard and scary it is to do those jobs."
"Stars Earn Stripes" is just one of several new projects that Burnett has signed on for recently. As reported by TheWrap on Thursday, he's teaming with "Avatar" director James Cameron on "Robogeddon," which will feature fighting robots, and "Mark Burnett's Alaska," which will chronicle "the colorful people, amazing history and unforgettable places that make Alaska a world apart." Both of those projects are being produced for Discovery.