No bull: CMT taps Garrett, Baldwin, Vanilla Ice
By Kimberly Nordyke Wed May 30, 1:40 AM ET
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Rapper-musician Vanilla Ice, actor Stephen Baldwin and actor-musician Leif Garrett are among the celebrities set to take part in CMT's upcoming reality series "Ty Murray's Celebrity Bull Riding Challenge."
The six-part show -- in the vein of sister network VH1's "The Surreal Life," albeit with a much different setting -- features rodeo superstar Ty Murray trying to teach nine celebrities the dangerous sport of bull riding. It is set to debut at 9 p.m. August 10.
Other celebrities on board include former ex-NFL player Rocket (Raghib) Ismail, Moto-X rider Kenny Bartrum, actor "Nitro" Dan Clark ("American Gladiator"), reality star Jonny (Dalton) Fairplay ("Survivor"), UFC fighter Josh Haynes and actor Francesco Quinn.
The celebrities will be tested physically and mentally for 10 days with daily tutorials where they will be taught how to mount the bull in the chute, take a fall, focus their concentration and survive an intense eight seconds on a bull. As their days on the ranch progress, the challenges become more intense, and those who last will compete at a Professional Bull Riders event in Nashville. The show also will feature the cast rivalries and squabbles that arise throughout the training.
And just 3 days later:
Stephen Baldwin injured in bull-riding fall
June 02, 2007 09:28am
Article from: Reuters
ACTOR Stephen Baldwin, nursing a broken shoulder and rib from a reality-TV rodeo accident, said on Friday the bull that threw him to the ground in four seconds was more fierce than he had expected.
The 41-year-old performer, youngest of the acting brothers that include William, Daniel and Alec Baldwin, injured himself on Thursday while working on cable network CMT's upcoming series "Ty Murray's Celebrity Bull Riding Challenge."
"I held on for about four jumps, and then I just ate a bunch of dirt," Baldwin said, adding the whole bumpy ride was over in four seconds.
He and fellow celebrity contestants, including rapper-musician Vanilla Ice and actor Leif Garrett, had just started training on live bulls when he got thrown.
"We were supposed to be on these kind of dainty versions of (bulls) that weren't supposed to get too excited," he recalled.
"But you never can tell what a bull's gonna do. So this particular one that I had kind of rose to the occasion.
"I don't know if he knew it because he had a Baldwin on his back," the actor joked.
"He did a whole lot more bucking than anyone could have anticipated."
Baldwin said he was wearing a safety helmet but "landed hard" and "got stepped on a little bit, too."
He ended up with a broken left scapula and a broken rib, and was outfitted with a special brace and sling he has to wear for the next four to six weeks.
He was supposed to travel to Russia next week for a movie shoot, but his doctor told him, "I have to give the whole performance with my thumb in my pocket."
As for the TV show, featuring rodeo superstar Ty Murray teaching nine celebrities the finer points of bull riding, Baldwin will sit out the rest of the production.
Despite his accident, Baldwin is no rodeo neophyte. He performed his own stunts in the 1994 movie 8 Seconds, about the legendary bull-riding champion Lane Frost, co-starring as his friend and fellow rodeo star Tuff Hedeman.
Heh. Too bad it wasn't Johnny Fairplay. I wasn't too enthused about this show to before and now that I read that he's on it, I'm even less so. Still, I might give it a shot because I could turn out pleasantly surprised.