History will air a reality series that puts 30 people with no military background through rigorous special-operations training.
Produced by Peter Berg’s Film 45, along with Bunim/Murray Productions, the eight-episode The Selection: Special Operations Experiment will premiere on Dec. 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
In the show, veteran Navy SEALs, Green Berets and army officers will put 30 civilians between ages 21-45 years through extreme training and assessment exercises, including tear gas, interrogation simulation and psychological warfare.
The series is based on the Minnow Films’ format SAS: Who Dares Wins, which aired in the UK on Channel 4 last year.
“The participants are driven to the point of breaking and are able to remove themselves from the program at any stage,” the networks said in a statement. “This is not a competition series – no cash rewards – only a test against oneself to see if the mind has the will and strength to push the body to complete the challenges.”
Instructors set to appear on the show include veteran Navy SEALs Marcus Capone, Ray Care and Sean Haggerty; veteran Special Forces Green Berets Donnie Bowen and Bert Kuntz, and veteran Army Ranger Tyler Grey.
Exec producers are Berg, Matt Goldberg, Brandon Carroll and Grant Kahler for Film 45 and Gil Goldschein for Bunim/Murray. Cem Yeter and Joel Karsberg are also exec producing. Tim Healy, Stephen Mintz and Russ McCarroll are the EPs for History.