NBC's Stars Earn Stripes might be the bastard child of The Hunger Games, Idiocracy, and Tropic Thunder


45 Responses to “NBC's Stars Earn Stripes might be the bastard child of The Hunger Games, Idiocracy, and Tropic Thunder

  1. GE only has a 49% stake in NBCUniversal, Comcast has 51%.

  2. cleek says:

    it’s just Celebrity Boot Camp.

    and, the military has always been entertainment.

  3. Teller says:

    West Point Valedictorian, Rhodes Scholar, Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, Presidential Medal of Freedom Winner, Reality Show Host. Some arc.

  4. CSBD says:

    Why aren’t they fighting to the death hunger games style?
    Winner gets a guest role on “How I Met Your Mother”, Dancing with the Stars, and a reoccurring spot on “Americas Dumbest XXXXXXs”

  5. Editz says:

    Come on NBC, let us see a resurrection of Battle of the Network Stars.


    • WillieNelsonMandela says:

      Hear, hear! I’ve waited long enough for the rematch between Robert Conrad and Gabe Kaplan. Now is the time!

  6. Navin_Johnson says:

    This must be that liberal media/Hollywood that conservatives are always complaining about…

    Anyway, manufacturing consent, yada yada..

  7. TaymonBeal says:

    I can’t help but be reminded of the last ex-governor whose spouse appeared on one of these shows.

    I’m also reminded of the immortal words of Wiley Miller: “Anyone who appears on a show with the word ‘Celebrity’ in the title, isn’t a real celebrity!” (This doesn’t technically qualify but it’s close enough.)

  8. capnmarrrrk says:

    I openly call Todd Palin’s motives into question. Of course it’s all about exposure and gain, charity is secondary to that, but it’s a bonus.

  9. RedShirt77 says:

     Televised Laser tag?  Why didn’t I think of that?

  10. Mitchell Glaser says:

    There have been competitive inventing shows which are a nice attempt at replacing military hero-worship with scientist/engineer worship. But lets face it, killing people is sexier than saving the world. Sigh.

  11. I’m betting these guys make more per episode than most soldiers make in a year. 

  12. Mister44 says:

    This has already been done – only instead of celebrities they got a bunch of effeminate gays. I have never watched the show – but I’ve seen a highlight reel. IIRC, it’s called “Gay Army” and you can find it on youtube.

    Also the Military channels has shows that follow REAL Rangers and SEALs in their training they go through.

  13. rezmuff says:

    This is probably the most convoluted “Idiocracy iz real!!!1″ argument I’ve seen yet.

  14. jackrabbitslim says:

    I feel like this is some sort of satire-related corollary of Rule 34.
    Any satirical TV show meant to showcase the decadence of the horrid society that produces  it, no matter how horrible, will come to exist on network television.

    The Running Man in real life will be the show that ultimately vindicates my hypothesis.

    • Mister44 says:

       re: “The Running Man in real life will be the show that ultimately vindicates my hypothesis.”

      OH that would be awesome! “With out further ado, it’s time to start RUNNING!”

    • Marc Mielke says:

      I fully expect some network to take the budget normally given for a high-end reality show and use it to hire Blackwater to overthrow a small African country just to entertain American audiences. 

      • artaxerxes says:

        That would be “The Mao Tse Tung Hour” from “Network,” with the ideology-lite spun to suit current tastes.

        Personally, I thought we’d achieved parity with “Network” when “Cops” was first broadcast. And that’s when I stopped watching TV. There were other reasons and undoubtedly I missed works of cultural significance- like “The Simpsons.” But I was a kid then, that was a LONG time ago, and I don’t have any regrets.

  15. MiriamJC says:

    You have some interesting commentary on the telemilitaryindustrialcomplex. Any idea if Dean Cain will take his shirt off?

  16. PKMousie says:

    Glad someone else mentioned Boot Camp… this is not a new thing.

  17. kmoser says:

    “Arrrrrrrrrmy training, Sir!”

  18. miguelitofrigolito says:

    A combination of Idiocracy, Tropic Thunder, and the Hunger Games (well, Battle Royale) is something I’d watch the hell out of….

  19. atimoshenko says:

    Pity it’s Dean and not Herman. Herman’s been doing a great job as President on John Oliver’s DS segment lately.

  20. Kudos to Dean Cain for having trigger discipline. Boo to Terry Crews for not having any.

  21. Mickey says:

    Todd Palin is NOT a star and the others are has-beens or wanna-bes. Yawn.

  22. Halloween_Jack says:

    Todd Palin is only included as part of his family’s master plan to all create and star in a reality show about a family that keeps trying to get onto different reality shows and failing. 

  23. Frank Diekman says:

    Will there be an appearance by the Guitar Army or the star of Ow! My Balls!  ?

  24. Phil Ward says:

    Does nobody else remember combat Missions:

    “starring” the late Scott Helvenston?

  25. Chentzilla says:

    >The military is entertainment now. Entertainment is the military.

    We have a saying here in Russia: “He who served in the Army, won’t laugh at the circus”.

  26. What a joke!!  War is NOT a game… particularly with D (or Z) list “celebrities”.  I am outraged that, even while our  men and women are in harm’s way across the world.  This should be taken off the air before it begins.  Anyone out there who has lost someone in a real “war” should be furious.  NBC is going down the tubes really quickly from morning to nighttime viewing.

    • Danny says:

      I knew I couldnt be the only one thinking what an outrage this is. Do they think playing war is fun and games? What an insult to the couragious men and women who defend our country. Carolyn is absolutely right pull the plug on this BS before it airs and as for NBC I guess I shouldnt be suprised that they would stoop so low. Shame on NBC and participating celebrities.

  27. Danny says:

    NBC how low can you go. To the celebrities if you want to play soldier join the Army! War is not a game or a joke.

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