History has given a series order to a new unscripted show from executive producer Peter Berg that will find civilians facing the same challenges that members of the U.S. military’s special-operations units go through in training.
“The Selection: Special Operations Experiment” will feature 30 men and women with no military experience being trained and led by veterans of the Navy SEALs, Green Berets and Army Rangers. Contestants will face challenges physical and mental, including tear gas, interrogation simulation and psychological warfare. The show has no competition element, and no prize is involved. Participants are able to remove themselves from the show at any time.
Berg (“Lone Survivor”) will executive produce through his company Film 45 with Bunim-Murray Productions.
“Throughout the history of our nation, Special Operations training tactics has played an integral part in our military endeavors and this series gives viewers a rare glimpse into what it takes to be selected among the elite,” said Paul Cabana, executive vice president and head of programming, History. “‘The Selection’ will offer civilians the unique opportunity to take part in an immersive, authentic course instructed by different branches leading together, while giving viewers insight into the origins of these challenges.”
The eight-episode series is scheduled to premiere Thursday, Dec. 15 at 10 p.m. on History.
Matt Goldberg, Brandon Carroll and Grant Kahler also serve as executive producers for Film 45. Gil Goldschein is executive producer for Bunim-Murray. Cem Yeter and Joel Karsberg also serve as executive producers, with Tim Healy, Stephen Mintz and Russ McCarroll executive producing for History. “The Selection” is based on Minnow Films’ format “SAS: Who Dares Wins.”
Watch a trailer for the series below: