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In the Loop: April 3, 2008 Archive

Coming this summer: Battle of the stupid celebrity circus shows

Posted at 10:50 AM on April 3, 2008 by Jeff Horwich (4 Comments)

Evidently this is not fresh news, but I caught a passing reference in the newspaper this morning to one of the brilliant TV programming moves in store for this summer.

NBC plans to hit us with Celebrity Circus. Details are sparse, but I imagine former child stars and washed-up WWF wrestlers ("Chyna" is reportedly one of the first to sign on) riding unicycles, falling off of high-wires, and (dare we hope?) cleaning up elephant poop.

Wait. There's more.

ABC is working on its own C-list-celebrity big top: "Circus of the Stars." Evidently it's a revival of some 1980's show that was so popular I've never heard of it.

NBC's line-up also includes a new show called "Shark Taggers:"

"...a one-hour reality series that follows daring marine biologists as they track down the ocean's top predators and hand-tag them with cutting-edge satellite transmitters..."

...and a Thursday night version of Saturday Night Live.

There's so much other good stuff on TV these days. I don't know whether to laugh or cry about what's in store.

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