NBC’s Stars Earn Stripes Has Dean Cain and Other Celebrities Saluting Military Heroes


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Dean Cain played Superman when he burst onto the scene in the series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. And now Dean’s got to find the super powers within him to compete on NBC’s Stars Earn Strips, a new action packed competition show. Joining Cain are celebrity competitors: undefeated world boxing champ Laila Ali, Terry Crews (NFL and The Expendables 2), Nick Lachey (the Sing Off host), Todd Palin (Alaska businessman and Iron Dog snowmobile champion), Dolvett Quince (The Biggest Loser trainer), WWE diva Eve Torres, and Olympic gold medalist Picabo Street. Hosted by General Wesley Clark and Samantha Harris, the show premiers Aug. 13 and airs Mondays this summer.

With the overall goal of paying homage to the men and women who serve in the military and our first-responders, the celebrity competitors will train and try to execute complicated missions inspired by real military exercises. They will participate in helicopter drops, fire weapons, etc., under the guidance of a special operative. And teams will compete for a cash prize to benefit a military, veterans, or first-responders charity.

It is a show that will challenge the stars physically and emotionally. Cain said it was a journey that brought back the team spirit feeling he enjoyed when he played sports. He was a fine athlete before he turned from football to acting. Now after getting back into a competitive game on Stars Earn Stripes, he reflected on leaving the gridiron behind.

“All athletes, I think, miss their sport, miss their camaraderie, miss that living on the edge feeling,” he revealed. “You’ll see football players stay in the sport too long. I guess, sometimes you’ll see military people stay in the sport too long. But there is something to be said for that. Because coming into a situation like this show, I’ll tell you I haven’t felt that sort of camaraderie and teamwork since I played football. You never forget it.”

Cain said he feels like the other celebrities and special operatives that he trained with and competed against on the show “are my brothers and sisters now. That’s what happens when you get into situations like the ones we were in. You really forge that bond right through the fire.”

At an interview session during the NBC portion of the television critics press tour, Cain was sitting alongside his fellow celebrity competitors, and the military special operatives who trained them. Also on hand was General Wesley Clark who said he was proud to participate “because the purpose of it was to really showcase and honor our men and women in uniform. That was done by both highlighting their skills and having the audience relate to their skills through the actions of the celebrities on their teams.”

Because the show will benefit veterans’ charities, Gen. Clark said, “I thought it was a win, win, win! And I will tell you this– I was really impressed by these special operations personnel. You will be too, when you see the show. They are really, really good. And I think the American public will say the Armed Forces is one of the great institutions ofAmerica, certainly in terms of most admired. But so many young Americans don’t have any direct connection to it. And this show, through reality TV, which is what young people today watch, they can identify and make a connection. I think it’s going to be very powerful.”

The real powerful people on the show are the special operatives who put the celebrities through their training and missions. They include members from U.S. Army Delta Force and Green Berets (Grady Powell), U.S. Navy SEALS (Brent Gleeson), U.S. Marines, and police officers (Tom Stroup).

Cain wants everyone to know that “these guys are heroes. They are really American heroes. You often hear a story of a soldier, or you see someone get the Congressional Medal of Honor. And you learn a little bit about them, but you don’t really get to know too much about them. You don’t get to see their face every day. You don’t get to understand that they have a family and they’re a real person. On this show, you’re going to get a chance to see what these guys are made of. And they make you proud to be anAmerica.”

Yes, each one is a real superman.

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