‘Special Forces: The Ultimate Test’ features an unlikely group of celebrities, from Jamie Lynn Spears to Kate Gosselin, in a ‘grueling’ survival show
Did you ever think you would see Jamie Lynn Spears and Kate Gosselin on the same show? Neither do I. In Fox’s latest “celebrity social experiment,” Special forces: the ultimate test, you’ll see them, along with a motley crew of other household names, come together for the all-new survival show.
As announced at today’s FOX TCA Day, in the series, 16 celebrities come together to endure some of the “toughest and most grueling challenges in the Special Forces selection process playbook.” The training drills will be led by an elite team of former Special Forces members Rudy Reyes, Mark “Billy” Billingham, Jason “Foxy” Fox and Remi Adeleke.
So how do you win? Well, unlike many challenge and competition shows, there’s no voting and there’s no elimination. The only way for competitors to leave is to retire on their own, “potential” failure or injury, or be kicked out by the leaders.
The first season of the series will feature TV personalities like Gosselin (Kate Plus 8), Kenya Moore (The Real Housewives of Atlanta), Dr. Drew Pinsky, Hannah Brown (The Bachelorette)Tyler Florence (Tyler’s Ultimate)as well as actors like Spears (Zoe 101) and Beverly Mitchell (7th Sky). Musicians like Mel. B and Montell Jordan, as well as financier Anthony Scaramucci will also compete.
To make matters more interesting (and slightly unfair), several athletes will join, including NBA player Dwight Howard, MLB star Mike Piazza and Super Bowl winner Danny Amendola. Additionally, Olympic medalists Gus Kenworthy, Nastia Liukin and Carli Lloyd will face off against the rest of the team.
“Special forces: the ultimate test puts the celebrities you know and love through the purest, most authentic endurance test I’ve ever seen. In many ways, it’s more about mental toughness than physical toughness,” said Rob Wade, president of alternative entertainment and specials, in a press release provided to Decider. “It’s an eye-opening glimpse into the most intense training in the world and gives a taste of the courage and bravery our Armed Forces demonstrate on a daily basis, which has changed the lives of these celebrities.”
As this unlikely crowd prepares for what will be one of the toughest challenges of their lives, we’ll just have to wait until January 2023 to find out who has what it takes.
But wait, that’s not all!
Fox also announced casting news for its highly anticipated crime show, Accused, which explores a different crime in each of its 15 intense episodes. Margo Martindale from Americans, Molly Parker from Card castle, Rachel Bilson from CO, and Jack Davenport of The morning show will star in “an exciting episode with a family caught in a disturbing situation”. The series is also set to premiere next January.