CMT reveals 'Celebrity Bull Riding Challenge' cast, to debut August 10
By Christopher Rocchio, 06/01/2007
CMT has announced the premiere date and nine celebrities who will be competing on Ty Murray's Celebrity Bull Riding Challenge, a new Dancing with the Stars and Skating with Celebrities-like reality series that will follow the cast as they try their hand at bull riding under the tutelage of Murray.
The six-episode series, which is currently filming in Texas, is scheduled to premiere Friday, August 10 at 9PM ET/PT on CMT.
"Ty Murray's Celebrity Bull Riding Challenge might be the most loud, over-the-top series we've ever done on CMT," the network's head of development Bob Kusbit toldThe Hollywood Reporter Wednesday. "Ty Murray is the brightest star there is in bull riding, a true world champion, but he's got his work cut out for him training a cast of celebrities who are certainly brave -- but way out of their element. It's definitely the most dangerous celebrity competition on television."
In addition to rapper and musician Rob Van Winkle (aka Vanilla Ice) -- who appeared on Fox's Celebrity Boxing in 2002, The Surreal Life's second season in 2004 as well as The Surreal Life: Fame Games in 2007, both on VH1, and NBC's Hit Me Baby One More Time in 2005 -- the cast also includes actor Stephen Baldwin, who competed on ABC's Celebrity Mole Hawaii and Celebrity Mole Yucatan in addition to hosting Sci Fi Channel's Scare Tactics; singer Leif Garrett, who competed on a celebrity edition of Fear Factor in 2006; former American Gladiators gladiator Dan "Nitro" Clark; and Survivor: Pearl Islands' Jonny "Fairplay" Dalton, who has also made appearances on E!'s Kill Reality, A&E's Inked, and 2006's Fear Factor reality-stars special.
Former NFL star Raghib "Rocket" Ismail; Moto-X rider Kenny Bartram; Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter Josh Haynes; and actor Francesco Quinn, who has appeared on Fox's 24 and in the movie Platoon, round out the rest of the show's cast.
It will be up to Murray -- a seven-time All-Around World Champion and accomplished rodeo athlete -- to teach the celebrities everything, from how to mount a bull in the chute to how to handle a major fall, over the course of 10 days. Those who survive the intense training will compete at a Professional Bull Riders event in Nashville and hope to prove Murray proud as they attempt to survive eight second on a bucking bull.
"Teaching anyone to ride a bull in 10 days is a challenge, so I hope these celebrities are in good shape and ready to get roughed up cowboy style," Murray told The Hollywood Reporter.