Burnett and Wolf team for 'Stars Earn Stripes', we had questions (Series Preview included!)

July 25th, 2012

Burnett and Wolf team for ‘Stars Earn Stripes’, we had questions

By April MacIntyre Jul 25, 2012, 4:44 GMT

“Stars Earn Stripes” is described as a high-energy, high-octane, action series, unapologetic thank you and love letter to men and women in uniform who allow American citizens to sleep safe at night.


“Stars Earn Stripes” is described as a high-energy, high-octane, action series, unapologetic thank you and love letter to men and women in uniform who allow American citizens to sleep safe at night.

Today at the television critics’ association summer press tour, Mark Burnett and Dick Wolf’s reality series “Stars Earn Stripes” took to the stage, and we had a few questions.

“Stars Earn Stripes” is described as a high-energy, high-octane, action series, unapologetic thank you and love letter to men and women in uniform who allow American citizens to sleep safe at night.

The celebrity recruits are Dolvett Quince, Eve Torres, Todd Palin, Laila Ali, Nick Lachey, Dean Cain, Terry Crews and Picabo Street.

The panel featured executive producers David Hurwitz and Dick Wolf; host General Wesley Clark; host Samantha Harris; Brent Gleeson, a former Navy SEAL, Grady Powell, former U.S. Army Special Forces Green Beret; and Tom Stroup, current member of Orange County’s Sheriff’s Department and a SWAT commander

Dick Wolf lead the panel with a statement,  “I just want to give some idea of the genesis of this show from both my point of view, Mark’s and David’s and obviously General Clark’s, that this is a show to say thank you to the people who are in uniform now, who have been in uniform, and the people who protect us 24/7, 365 and do things that you can’t pay people to do. And what I hope, if there was one sentence that comes out of the show at the end of it, it’s going up to people in the military and just simply saying thank you for your service, because they don’t mind hearing it and it actually makes you feel better. Thank you.”

Monsters and Critics: Of all the special forces different paths to training, all the different types of boot camps, which is the most difficult and trying in your opinion, and if you could be specific?

GENERAL WESLEY CLARK: I’m not going to compare them. What I will tell you is that we built these Special Operations Forces step by step over the last 30 plus years. We’ve learned. We’ve built learning organizations. We’ve worked with other nations’ Special Forces. We’ve learned from them. And I think we’re the best. And each one of our Special Forces has some distinctive capabilities. The people go through it. They know when they sign up and go into Special Forces that they’re trusting their life to the decisions of the president of the United States and their comrades in arms. That’s about all they know for certain. They could go in in any different number of different ways. They can go into any number of different continents. They can go into training. They can go in for a different type of mission. And they do the best they can and they stay with it as long as they can and they respect and admire and take care each other. It’s a really tight fraternity, and I think some of that is what you heard in Dean’s and Terry’s comments that were reflected here. And I admired each of and every one of them. I would never want to compare one service against the other. I think as Americans we’re lucky to have every one of them.

DAVID A. HURWITZ: If I could say something. Going back to the different branches, just to be clear, the show is by far, as you can see from that two minute trailer, one of the biggest, most dangerous explosive shows that’s ever been put together. That aside, it’s not pitting any of the branches against each other. What the show is is a celebration of all the Armed Forces and how these operatives have taken ordinary people and given them a taste of an extraordinary situation. So as much as there’s the camaraderie and the fraternity, this show is loaded with also a lot of heart, story, and emotion that’s accented with big explosions and tons of great action. And that’s a testament to everybody on this panel and the other five operatives that aren’t here, that it was able to gel so nicely to get all these celebratory message across, but also give something that all viewers in all demographics can enjoy when they sit back and watch the show.

M&C: For the military men on panel only, do you think there should be a draft, a mandatory draft, for men and women in this country?

GRADY POWELL: Situationally dependent. I mean, depends on the war that we could “potenally” fight. I mean, right now, I don’t know. I don’t make those decisions.

M&C: So you mean it depends on the war?

GRADY POWELL: It depends on what is going on with our country. It depends on what situation we’re in.

TOM STROUP: We’ve never had a problem getting a volunteer army in this country. People line up to serve and to protect. And I’m not trying to put words in Grady’s mouth, but I can say for me, it’s working just the way it is right now. I mean, people are lining up to volunteer to serve, and it seems to be enough. So I know it’s a political hotbed answer, but that’s the way I feel about it right now.



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