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There's a certain flair in the way Cena speaks, fluently, the language of military veterans. Better still, there's genuine grace in the way he lets the veterans themselves do most the talking.
With Cena and a sense of pervasive patriotic boosterism, American Grit seems like it should be a home-run with a more conservative segment of the population.
Cena brings energy and earnestness to the hosting chores, as do the mentors. Yet barring audiences forging some unforeseen bond with the by-the-numbers competitors, American Grit seems too familiar and derivative.
Alas, like The Challenge, producers apparently cast at least a couple contestants for their ability to stir up trouble.
American Grit is sluggishly paced, and plays like one of those weeks on Survivor when everyone is just waiting for the visit from their "loved ones" so they can cry and hug a little before the next test of strength.
It's a competition to see which of these men and women can prove themselves to be as tough as their military heroes. It's also, seemingly, a competition to see how respectful John Cena can be of those same military heroes.
Some will question what they see here, given the the intensity of the challenges and the potential harm they can cause. Nonetheless, there's lots of adrenaline here, which many viewers will find entertaining.
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Dec 22, 2016Episode 1 was called "One of the best 1st episodes in reality TV history."