There are a few things that the American viewing public just can’t get enough of: fawning treacle about the nobility of the armed forces, watching vaguely familiar-looking “celebrities” running from one point to another, and the Palins. NBC’s forthcoming reality show Stars Earn Stripes has all three, which puts its projected ratings numbers at roughly 150 million people per episode.
“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,” an NBC president Paul Telegdy has said. Executive producers include Dick Wolf (Law & Order), Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Voice) and David Hurwitz (Fear Factor).
Beginning in August, superstars like Todd Palin, from that one comedy show about how the country almost elected a moron Vice President that one time, Dean Cain, the guy who was Superman on TV a hundred years ago, professional reality TV whore Nick Lachey, and a bunch of athletes, will get a crash course in military training, and televised war-mongering propaganda. Supervising the proceedings is retired general Wesley Clark, at one point the Supreme Allied Commander Europe for NATO and a plausible presidential candidate, who can now add to his resume, “guy who yelled at Jessica Simpson’s ex-husband to run faster on camera.”