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Tough as Nails

Tough as Nails

  • Premiered: 
    July 8, 2020
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  • Network: CBS
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by Louise Keoghan & Phil Keoghan 
  • Subject Matter: Participation
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Plot Synopsis

Hosted and executive produced by Phil Keoghan, TOUGH AS NAILS is a one-hour competition series that celebrates everyday Americans who consider the calluses on their hands a badge of honor. Competitors are tested for their strength, endurance, agility and mental toughness in challenges that take place in the real world. One by one, they are eliminated until the TOUGH AS NAILS winner is named, but nobody goes home. Even after they "punch out" of the individual competition, they have the opportunity to win additional prizes in the team competitions that continue throughout the season. The 12 competitors include: Young An (Occupation: Firefighter; Age: 36; Hometown: Alexandria, VA); Melissa Burns (Farmer; 27; Milford Center, OH); Callie Cattell (Fisherman; 28; Bend, OR); Tara Davis (Ironworker; 30; Elk Plain, WA); Linda Goodridge (Deputy Sheriff; 29; Marion, NY); Linnett Key (Welder; 34; Lecanto, FL); Michelle S. Kiddy (Gate Agent; 62; Alexandria, KY); Lee Marshall (Roofer; 61; St. Louis, MO); Danny Moody (Drywaller; 33; Spokane, WA); Kelly 'Murph' Murphy (Marine Corps Veteran; 47; Paragon, IN); Myles V. Polk (Forestry Tech; 28; Tuskegee, AL); and Luis Yuli (Scaffolder; 35; The Bronx, NY).

Season 2 of TOUGH AS NAILS premiered on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 8pm ET/PT on CBS. The new season opens with 12 new everyday heroes taking on their first job -- making concrete -- with the first two to complete the individual task named crew bosses who get to select their own crews for the team competitions. Competitors in the second season include: Tara Alverson (occupation: Mariner; age: 38; current residence: Endurance, a tug boat in Alaska); Sarah Burkett (Pipe Welder; 41; Petersburg, PA); Angel Castillo (Construction Foreman; 29; Miami, FL); Aracelis 'Celi' Garcia (Travel Nurse; 31; Philadelphia, PA); Michael 'Eyebrows' Guerriero (Bricklayer; 43; Staten Island, NY); Patrick 'Freight Train' Hargan (UPS Delivery Driver; 49; Flourtown, PA); Scott Henry (Construction Superintendent; 40; Ogden, UT); Iraida Mujica (Transport Track Repair; 43; Miramar, FL); Liz 'Knuckles' Nichols (Cement Mason; 36; Portland, OR); Cyril 'Zeus' Ontai III (Lineman; 29; Honolulu, HI); Swifty Sanders (Steelworker; 43; Merrillville, IN); and Merryl Tengesdal (Retired Air Force Colonel; 49; Sacramento, CA).
On Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 8pm ET/PT, CBS premiered "Everything Is on the Line," the Season 2 finale of TOUGH AS NAILS. The final four crew members -- Scott, Sarah, Zeus and Swifty -- put it all on the line and compete in a series of challenges to be crowned the champion and win the $200,000 prize.

TOUGH AS NAILS is casting for a third season.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Raquel Productions
  • In association with Tough House Productions