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Archive for August 13th, 2012

Todd Palin: ‘Stars Earn Stripes’ challenges “made me cross that line”

Posted by Dr. Fay on August 13, 2012

Governor Palin Shared the link to this article on Facebook about half an hour ago:

‘Stars Earn Stripes’: Nick Lachey and Eve Torres show their grit

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August 13, 2012 12:00 PM ET

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If  “Survivor” reality impresario Mark Burnett and “Law & Order” creator Dick Wolf joined forces, what show would they produce? Perhaps a wilderness adventure show featuring New York detectives?..

Close, but not quite..

On Monday, Aug. 13, NBC premieres “Stars Earn Stripes,” which is indeed an action-packed adventure competition that takes place mostly in the outdoors — and has a police officer — but it’s really a love letter to the first responders and the American military, including Army Green Berets and Navy SEALs..

It pairs celebrities — skier Picabo Street, WWE Diva Eve Torres, actor Dean Cain, boxer and fitness expert Laila Ali, trainer Dolvett Quince, singer Nick Lachey, NFL veteran and actor Terry Crews, and four-time Iron Dog snowmobile race champion Todd Palin — with retired and current military and first responders..

With hosts Samantha Harris and retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark, the teams embark from a remote training facility on complicated missions inspired by real military exercises. The goal is to earn cash prizes for a military, veterans or first-responder charity..

“They’re very impressive and supercool people,” Burnett tells Zap2it. “A lot of the time, we read stories about Green Berets or bomb disposal or SEALs or SWAT cops, but you never hear from them. You hear someone saying something about them, but now you get to meet and get to know them. You see them as well through the eyes of these celebrities who they are training.”.

“I’m always up for a challenge,” says Palin. “I’ve lived life on the edge in most of my activities — lifelong commercial fisherman, that’s dangerous. Iron Dog snowmobile racer, that’s dangerous. I’m a private pilot; that’s dangerous. I worked on the oil fields on the North Slope for all my career; that’s dangerous..

“Some of this stuff that we did, it made me cross that line — jumping out of a helicopter, relying on a 3/4-inch line to keep me alive. The stuff that I do that’s dangerous, I’m in control of. I’m in control of how close I want to get to the edge. This stuff here is like, ‘Jump!’ ‘Uh, OK.'”

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Bristol Palin Will Dance With Mark Ballas Again on DWTS All Stars

Posted by Dr. Fay on August 13, 2012

Bristol made this announcement on her blog today:

Announcement: My Professional Partner on DWTS is…

August 13, 2012 By  69 Comments

Drumroll, please!

I am so excited to announce that I am being paired up with a professional dancer named Mark Ballas again!  I couldn’t be more thrilled with this news!

As you may remember from my last season, Mark and I were a pair before.  By the time I met him, he had already won Dancing with the Stars twice—with Olympic figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi in Season 6 and Olympic gold medal gymnast Shawn Johnson in Season 8. No pressure!!

Back then, I feared he’d be upset at being paired with such a newbie.

“I hope you have a lot of patience,” I said, “because I don’t know how to dance.”

That’s when he showed me a tattoo on his forearm. It said, simply, “patience.”

Immediately, I knew the producers had matched me with the right person in terms of personality. Mark was awesome! He wasn’t frustrated because I had no experience. Instead, he just took it from the top. I honestly think he could sit there all day and explain things to people, over and over again. He didn’t lose his temper, he didn’t make me feel stupid, and he really made it fun. If I ever got too upset at not “getting” a move, we’d take a break.

It was a pretty successful pairing, because we made it all the way to the end.  Mark, I am honored to be paired with you again!  I love you like a brother, and I can’t wait to see if we can’t bring home that mirror ball trophy this time around!

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‘Stars Earn Stripes’ – “one of the biggest, most dangerous, explosive” shows ever put together – Premieres Tonight!

Posted by Dr. Fay on August 13, 2012

From article by Lori Rackl at The Chicago Sun-Times:

Military missions for celebs ‘could not have been more realistic’

By LORI RACKL TV Critic/lrackl@suntimes.com August 12, 2012 6:15PM

Story Image Just how tough is NBC’s new show, “Stars Earn Stripes,” where celebrities compete in challenges that mimic military missions?

It made undefeated world boxing champ Laila Ali cry.

Former NFL player Terry Crews almost drowned.

Four-time Iron Dog snowmobile race winner Todd Palin came home covered with bumps and bruises, prompting his wife, Sarah Palin, to declare it more brutal than politics.

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“The show is by far … one of the biggest, most dangerous, explosive shows that’s ever been put together,” said Hurwitz, whose producing partners include reality TV guru Mark Burnett and “Law & Order” creator Dick Wolf.

 

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Described as “an unapologetic thank you and love letter to men and women in uniform” (not to mention one heckuva recruitment ad), the program is hosted by retired Gen. Wesley Clark and Samantha Harris (“Dancing With the Stars”). It pairs eight celebs with special operatives from the U.S. Army Delta Force, Green Berets, Navy SEALs, Marines andpolice.

In addition to Ali, Crews and Palin, the star roster includes Superman actor Dean Cain, “The Biggest Loser” trainer Dolvett Quince, Olympic skier Picabo Street, WWE diva Eve Torres and ex-98 Degrees singer Nick Lachey, who jokes that “nothing prepares you for battle like a boy band.” At least I think he was joking.

Teams are stationed at a remote training facility where they face off in simulated military missions — plunging out of helicopters, shooting machine guns loaded with live ammo, rappelling down walls and blowing up a lot of stuff.

“Coming into this, I thought it was going to be the same old corny military show where they’ve got the obstacle courses and BB guns or little soft toy guns, water guns and whatnot,” said St. Louis native Grady Powell, a former Green Beret who now admits his initial assessment was way off base. “There’s explosions everywhere. There’s dirt in your eyes.”

Former SEAL Brent Gleeson added, “It could not have been more realistic. In real-world combat scenarios, you’re given a mission brief. You have some of the information — not all of the information — just like on the show. You have some time to train but not enough. And just like in real life … things change, whether it’s a man going down or a weapon jamming or the target not being exactly like you had planned.”

Things got a little too realistic for Crews.

“I’m 5 percent body fat; well, that don’t work swimming … especially when you put 70 pounds of equipment on,” said Crews, a Michigan native who dove into acting after hanging up his football helmet.

Crews said his body simply gave up while he was in the water. One of the special ops had to pull him to safety.

“If this was a real live operation, I would have died,” Crews said. “It gave me a whole new appreciation for what our armed forces do for us.”

And that’s what convinced a former presidential hopeful and four-star general to join the ranks of reality TV hosts.

“The purpose of it was to really showcase and honor our men and women in uniform,” the Chicago-born Clark said. “Everybody says the armed forces is one of the great institutions of America. But so many young Americans don’t have any direct connection to it. And this show, through reality TV — which is what young people watch and identify with — makes that connection.”

Todd Palin, whose family is becoming as much of a fixture on reality TV as the Kardashians, said he did the show for similar reasons — and for charity. Winning contestants get stripes that translate into donations for various veteran and first-responder non-profits.

For Palin’s son Track, military challenges are the stuff of reality, not reality TV. Track, who enlisted in the U.S. Army, is deployed in Afghanistan.

What did he think about his dad playing soldier?

“He’s always up for a good laugh,” Palin said, “so he encouraged me to do it.”

A good cry was what Laila Ali ended up having during one of the challenges. Muhammad Ali’s pugilistic progeny turned on the waterworks when she had to rappel down a steep wall.

“I didn’t even expect that I was going to get as scared as I did,” Ali said. “I don’t like to put my life in other people’s hands. I started thinking, ‘Why am I doing this?’ That’s when the tears started pouring.”

Crews agreed that some of the toughest missions weren’t physical as much as mental.

“You’re on the edge of that helicopter about to jump,” he said. “Everything in your body and in your mind says don’t do it. You have to beat that.

“I’m totally changed,” he added. “From the moment I started the show to the last day, I am a different person.”

A different person with a new appreciation for the armed forces.

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