10:48am PT by Megan Singson
NBC Sets Host, Celebrity Cast for Reality Entry 'Stars Earn Stripes'
NBC's upcoming reality effort Stars Earns Stripes has found its stars.
The action-packed competition will include boxing champion Laila Ali, actor Dean Cain (Out of Time), actor and former NFL player Terry Crews, singer and TV personality Nick Lachey, Alaska businessman Todd Palin, Olympic gold medalist Picabo Street, The Biggest Loser trainer Dolvett Quince and WWE's Diva Eve Torres.
The series, which will be hosted by Entertainment Tonight correspondent Samantha Harris and former presidential candidate Gen. Wesley Clark, will challenge the eight competitors physically and emotionally. Each contestant will be paired with a former member of the armed forces or law enforcement agency who will train them for military-style missions that include challenges like helicopter drops to long range weapons fire.
"Our cast is ready to be put to the test -- using the same physical and mental challenges that prepare our nation's bravest men and women to defend our nation and their arduous journey will make for riveting television," NBC president of alternative and late night programming Paul Telegdy said in statement announcing the news Tuesday.
The cash prize will go to the winner's charity of choice. Ali will play for the Military Child Education Coalition; Cain for the Wounded Warrior Project; Crews for the Pat Tillman Foundation; Lachey for the Badge of Honor Memorial Foundation; Palin for the Armed Services YMCA Alaska; Street for Hiring Our Heroes; Quince for Got Your 6; and Torres for the USO.
Stars Earn Stripes, from Law & Order: SVU's Dick Wolf and Survivor's Mark Burnett, aims to pay tribute to veterans by raising funds for charities and veteran's groups with the hope of inspiring the rest of the country to do the same.
Stars Earn Stripes launches with a two-hour premiere Monday, Aug. 13 at 8 p.m., returning to its regular time slot the following week on Mondays at 9 p.m.