Crash, boom, bang! Those are the sounds when more-or-less celebrities like actor Dean Cain and Sarah Palin's husband, Todd, are put on teams with trained military personnel to perform on the new TV reality series Stars Earn Stripes.
You see the teams crawling through the mud, shooting automatic rifles, blowing up shacks, and doing whatever else they can think of to supply the noise and visuals they hope watchers will equate with suspense.
The new NBC show, hosted by retired four-star Gen. Wesley Clark, pays "homage to the men and women who serve in the U.S. armed forces and our first-line responder services." At least, that's its promotional line.