When I found out John Cena was going to host a reality show called American Grit, I was far from surprised. Instead, I was more interested in the pressing questions of when this will air and on what channel (The answer? Soon, and Fox).
I'm envisioning something American Ninja Warrior-esque but with John Cena. A.k.a gold.
Here it is, straight from the horse's mouth. Cena himself:
“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. 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.”
The series will be 10-episodes long and is set to put 16 of America’s toughest civilians to the test as they work together to face a variety of military-grade and survival-themed challenges.
Each episode, military-trained "mentors" will help the men and women cast as they push themselves to their limits, offering guidance each step of the way. These mentors include Rorke Denver, Noah Galloway, Tawanda “Tee” Hanible and Nick “The Reaper” Irving.
David Madden, president of entertainment at Fox, had this to say about the potentially groundbreaking reality show:
“’American Grit’ is a bold, aspirational competition series that aligns with the spirit of the Fox unscripted brand. The team at Leftfield and the incredible John Cena have created a series built on the pillars of determination, dedication and strength that we know will resonate with our audience. John is not only a phenomenal athlete but a motivational force, who inspires fans around the world, and we are thrilled he is leading the charge.”
Leftfield CEO and exec producer Brent Montgomery added “with John as their inspiration, our contestants will show viewers what happens when you swing for the fences with focus, commitment and teamwork.”
Sounds good to me... we already saw John Cena play Amy Schumer's closeted gay boyfriend in Trainwreck and we admit that he has the looks to keep our attention on the big screen. Let's just go ahead and see if he does a good job with this and, perhaps, maybe sometime soon we'll see more from the man. Perhaps, he'll end up on the A-List... Next Rock?
And yeah, speaking of "grit"...
I think this is a great segue into more serious TV and film time for Cena and I can't wait to see what's next for the man.