Lauren Alaina and Craig Morgan To Compete on ‘Intense’ New Reality Series, ‘Beyond The Edge’
“Beyond The Edge is the most extreme celebrity format ever attempted,” executive producer Greg Goldman says.
Lauren Alaina, Craig Morgan; Photo by Robert Voets_CBS_Beyond The Edge
On Wednesday evening (Feb. 2), CBS Network announced the new series, which features nine celebrities “trading in their worlds of luxury to live in the dangerous jungles of Panama, where they face off in epic adventures and endure the most brutal conditions, as they push themselves to go far beyond their comfort zone.”
Joining country stars Alaina and Morgan are seven other celebrities, who will brave the Panama jungle, including Super Bowl MVP Ray Lewis, NBA champion Metta World Peace, supermodel Paulina Porizkova, NFL legend Mike Singletary, actress Jodie Sweetin (“Full House,” “Fuller House”) and television personalities Colton Underwood (“The Bachelor”) and Eboni K. Williams (“The Real Housewives of New York City”).
From the producers of the popular tv series, Naked And Afraid, Beyond The Edge has been called “most intense celebrity adventure ever attempted.” The nine celebrities traveled to Bocas del Toro, Panama, in September and October and for two weeks, the celebrities were forced to “withstand torrential downpours, scorching heat and deadly wildlife while living in the exotic Panama jungle.”
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Unlike other competition shows, Beyond The Edge won’t have “judges or eliminations – instead, each celebrity must rely on their inner fortitude, physical ability, and courage, and have faith in their teammates to endure in the wild.”
According to a press release, “For each day they last, and every grueling adventure challenge they win with their team, the celebrities will raise more money for their charities. If a player reaches their breaking point, they can ring a bell to signal that they are ready to go home. At the end of the 14 days, the top two earners will go head to head in one final adventure, to see who can become the Beyond The Edge champion and take home the most money for their charity.”
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“Beyond The Edge is the most extreme celebrity format ever attempted,” said executive producer Greg Goldman. “The day before we started principal photography, all of the producers looked at each other with the sinking feeling that this celebrity cast might see where they were living for up to two weeks – the harsh jungles of Panama – and just bolt.”
Goldman continued, ”To the contrary, we were amazed by how these icons pushed themselves to their breaking points, showing incredible mental fortitude and physical tenacity. And all for an incredible cause: to raise money for charities that are near and dear to their hearts.”
The nine celebrities competing are vying to raise money for their charity of choice: Alaina (The Next Door), Lewis (Johns Hopkins Children’s Center), Morgan (Operation Finally Home), Peace (The Artest University), Porizkova (ACLU Foundation), Singletary (Changing Our Perspective), Sweetin (Girls Inc.), Underwood (Colton Underwood Legacy Foundation), Williams (Safe Horizons).
Hosted by Showtime Sports announcer Mauro Ranallo, Beyond The Edge will premiere on Wednesday, March 16, at 9/8c on CBS Television Network. The weekly, one-hour show will also be available to stream on demand on Paramount+.
Lauren Jo Black
Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.