Tough as Nails debuts tonight, and we’ve got the cast introductions you need – plus tips on who to watch as an underdog in the Phil Keoghan-hosted competition. If you’re tired of reruns and self-filmed series, sink your teeth into this blue-collar themed show that starts tonight.
Phil Keoghan Explains – How Do You Win Tough as Nails?
Just like on The Amazing Race, the other show Phil Keoghan hosts on CBS, competitors face challenges to stay in the game. Unlike the international race show, the locations are far less exotic or glamorous. Tough as Nails honors the working men and women of America and their jobs.
If you ever watched Mike Rowe’s Dirty Jobs, then this CBS reality program might hit your sweet spot. There are two components of Tough as Nails. First, there’s an individual competition where you compete in challenges, and those that perform worst face off and one’s eliminated.
Thus, it’s more like The Amazing Race than Survivor or Big Brother, where others decide your fate. One by one, competitors “punch out” of the individual competitions when others outperform them. But, they stick around for group-based comps for cash and prizes.
The last person standing in Tough as Nails‘ individual competition wins $200,000 cash and a bad-ass truck. So, that’s not too shabby of a haul.
Meet the Cast of TaN on CBS – Premieres Wednesday, July 8
Reality show fans get ready – Tough as Nails is on tonight to fill the void left as many others shows ran out of episodes or resorted to self-filmed quarantine versions. So, get ready for tonight’s competition, and here’s the cast list by name and occupation.
From Tough as Nails, competitors pictured above:
Farmer – Melissa Burns
Drywaller – Danny Moody
Forestry Tech – Myles V. Polk
Welder – Linnett Key
Ironworker – Tara Davis
Marine Corps Veteran – Murph
Pictured above – Tough as Nails stars.
Roofer – Lee Marshall
Deputy Sheriff – Linda Goodridge
Firefighter – Young An
Fisherman – Callie Cattell
Scaffolder – Luis Yuli
Gate Agent – Michelle S. Kiddy
What Happens on Tough as Nails Tonight?
Tonight on CBS at 8 pm, it’s Season 1, Episode 1, titled Redefining Toughness. The 12 competitors meet professional bricklayers who teach them how to lay bricks into a wall. But that’s not all. Since it’s a two-hour premiere, Phil Keoghan takes them through double the challenges.
In the second half, they must shovel twice their body weight in coal on Tough as Nails. Then, the slowest two face off in an overtime challenge. It’s railroad-themed and determines who stays in the running for the $200k prize. Under Phil Keoghan’s eye, they’ll also complete part of a railroad track.
These challenges on Tough as Nails all look physically draining, hot, and exhausting. But it looks like Phil and the casting team chose wisely. The competitors give it all they’ve got. However, one woman, in particular, has several on edge.
It’s oldest female competitor Michelle Kiddy that several mentioned freaks them out a little. So, wait and see. Tune in tonight to get your reality fix with Phil Keoghan to walk you through this brand new reality style show like nothing you’ve seen before on CBS.
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