Inspired by his own working class family, Phil Keoghan is currently working on Tough as Nails, a new reality competition series for CBS. The new show aims to throw the spotlight on real people who are tough as a result of their physically demanding everyday jobs. Working with producing partner and wife, Louise Keoghan, the couple are looking for applicants for the 10-episode series to air in 2020. Those who make the cut “will be tested for their strength, endurance, agility and mental toughness in challenges that take place in the real world,” says CBS in a recent press release. “The series will redefine what it means to be tough, proving that it comes in all shapes and sizes, and will celebrate Americans who roll up their sleeves 24/7 and don’t think twice about working long hard hours and getting their hands dirty, in order to keep their country running.”
Phil Keoghan, host of CBS’ The Amazing Race says that the show was inspired by his family of farmers, gold miners, builders and coalminers. “I was lucky enough to spend my school holidays working alongside my grandfather, an A-grade mechanic, World War II aero mechanic, gunsmith and inventor,” says Keoghan. “I’m excited to celebrate the skills of those who sweat on factory floors instead of gym floors, and those who wear work boots instead of workout shoes.”
In addition, Keoghan is the host for National Geographic Explorer and his podcast, BUCKiT with Phil Keoghan, but his journey began when survived a near-death experience when he was just 19-years-old. That traumatic event made him create his own bucket list of things he wanted to accomplice during his life. His “Tick-It Before You Kick-It” “Phil”-losphy later inspired his bestselling book, No Opportunity Wasted. When he’s not traveling the world for The Amazing Race, he is serves as a motivational speaker.
If you are at least 21 years of age, are a resident of the United States or Canada and think you got what it takes for this new show, apply now. Filming for the new show will begin early next year. For more information on dates and cities, go to toughasnailscbscasting.com.
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