James Van Der Beek, Taye Diggs and More Male Celebrities to Bare All in The Real Full Monty Special

Some of Hollywood's most recognizable male stars are taking it off for a good cause

Published Time: 13.05.2024 - 16:31:09 Modified Time: 13.05.2024 - 16:31:09

Some of Hollywood's most recognizable male stars are taking it off for a good cause.

On Monday, May 13, Fox announced its upcoming 2024-2025 programming slate, including The Real Full Monty — a new two-hour special that will see "a daring group of male celebrities" strip down to raise awareness for prostate, testicular and colorectal cancer testing and research.

The event, inspired by the Oscar-nominated 1997 film The Full Monty, will be executive produced by Anthony Anderson.

He'll bare all on the special too, leading cast that includes James Van Der Beek, Taye Diggs, Tyler Posey, NFL star Chris Jones (of the Kansas City Chiefs) and longtime Dancing with the Stars judge Bruno Tonioli.

Set to debut in Fall 2024, The Real Full Monty, according to a logline, will follow the six men as "they train and rehearse for the most revealing performance of their careers, culminating with a big strip-tease dance, choreographed by Emmy Award-winner Mandy Moore, where they will bare all in front of a live audience."

"Leading up to the final disrobing, the men will push their limits of comfortability, modesty and brotherhood with a series of rehearsals and experiences, both private and public, designed to build confidence and remove them far from their comfort zone and strengthen their bond as a group," the description reads.

All of this is designed to strip the stigma around prostate, testicular and colorectal cancer. Throughout the special, each celebrity will share their personal stories of how cancer has impacted their lives.

“Don’t die of embarrassment. Get checked! That’s the message behind The Real Full Monty special,” said Anderson in a statement. "I am honored to lead the cha -

rge of rallying these fearless men to bare it all, in order to provoke, inspire and in this case, beg you to get screened for cancer. That’s our goal…so what are you waiting for!?"

Fox's The Real Full Monty is based on a format popular overseas. It was first broadcast on the U.K.’s ITV in 2017 and has been replicated annually since. The special has also been produced in Australia, France and the Netherlands.

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The special will join a slate of returning Fox favorites, the network announced Monday, including 9-1-1: Lone Star, Accused, Alert: Missing Persons Unit, Animal Control, Bob's Burgers, The Cleaning Lady, Crime Scene Kitchen, Family Guy, The Floor, The Great North, Grimsburg, Hell's Kitchen, Krapopolis, LEGO Masters, LEGO Masters: Celebrity Holiday Bricktacular, The Masked Singer, Masterchef, Name That Tune, Next Level Chef, Special Forces: World's Toughest Test and The Simpsons.

Other new shows include Hi-Surt, an action-drama rescue series from producer John Wells; a Molly Parker-led medical drama called Doc that's based on a the hit Italian series; Murder In a Small Town, a psychological crime drama starring Rossif Sutherlan and Kristin Kreuk and featuring James Cromwell, Stana Katic and Paula Patton; and a new live-action comedy called Going Dutch, starring and executive produced by Denis Leary.

There will also be a new animated comedy called Basic Guys, and Extracted, an all-new survival competition series.

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