Fox has pinned WWE star John Cena to lead American Grit, a 10-episode reality competition series featuring mentors from the country’s most exclusive military units. Set to report to TVs in 2016, the show from Pawn Stars producer Leftfield Pictures will split 16 men and women into four teams that must work together to conquer a variety of military-grade and survival-themed challenges.
The network says the series will embody the military ethos “no man left behind,” because only the first team to complete the challenges together is safe from elimination. Each episode will culminate in “The Circus,” an endurance-based obstacle course designed to break the weakest competitors. With up to $1 million in prize money at stake, it’s the ultimate test of strength, grit, the human spirit and teamwork.
The mentors, known as “The Cadre,” include Navy SEAL Rorke Denver; Noah Galloway, formerly of the Army’s 101st Airborne; Marine Gunnery Sgt. Tawanda “Tee” Hanible and former Army Ranger sniper Nick “The Reaper” Irving — real-life American heroes who represent diverse backgrounds and top branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.
“The U.S Military is the epitome of resolve and dedication, which is why I am so excited to be a part of American Grit,” said Cena, who’s repped by ICM Partners. “This show will not only be a challenging and fierce competition, but it will give viewers a glimpse into the perseverance and training of the men and women of the Armed Forces.”