Dick Wolf, Mark Burnett team for “Stars Earn Stripes”

The Law and Order producer and Survivor producer (pictured) are joining forces with NBC for a military-themed reality competition series that will put nine celebs through rigorous joint ops and special forces training. (Photo: Rahoul Ghose)
April 9, 2012

Law and Order producer Dick Wolf and Survivor‘s Mark Burnett are joining forces to produce a military-themed reality competition for NBC that will “honor America’s veterans and active-duty service men and women,” according to a network spokesperson.

Tentatively titled Stars Earn Stripes, the format will put nine celebrities through rigorous joint ops and Special Forces training and have them compete in weekly challenges based on real exercises practiced by all five branches of the armed services. Challenges will include a staged hostage rescue and placing a laser target atop a mountain, with the contestants competing for prize money that will go 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 in a statement.

“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 added. “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. I encourage everyone who reads this today to say those five words the next time they see someone in uniform – be it military or law enforcement.”

Fear Factor‘s David A. Hurwitz will also serve as executive producer.

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