Military-themed series has real-life heroes as mentors

By James Hibberd
Updated November 18, 2015 at 07:34 PM EST
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Fox has ordered a military-themed competition series featuring WWE star John Cena and several notable real-life military heroes.

The network has given a 10-episode order to American Grit, where “16 of the country’s toughest men and women will be split into four teams as they work together to face a variety of military-grade and survival-themed challenges.” Each team’s mentors will represent a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces (sort of like a military boot camp version of The X Factor).

The mentors, dubbed “The Cadre,” include Act of Valor actor and Navy SEAL trainer Rorke Denver, 101st Airborne Division Purple Heart recipient Noah Galloway, U.S. Marines Gunnery Sergeant Tawanda “Tee” Hanible and the U.S. Army’s first African American sniper, Nick “The Reaper” Irving.

“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. “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.”

Contestants will play for up to a million dollars, with each episode culminating in “The Circus,” a “punishing, endurance-based obstacle course designed to break the weakest competitors.”

The series will strive to embody the military ethos “no man left behind” since only the first team to complete the challenges together is safe from elimination.”

American Grit will debut in 2016 on Fox.

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