Posted at 10:50 AM on April 3, 2008
by Jeff Horwich
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.
Ok, I'm sorry, but I kept poking through the links I used for that post and found this additional, bizarre NBC show description:
"MY OWN WORST ENEMY -- Henry Spivey (Christian Slater, "Bobby") is a middle-class efficiency expert living a humdrum life in the suburbs with a wife, two kids, a dog, and a minivan. Edward Albright is an operative who speaks 13 languages, runs a four-minute mile, and is trained to kill with his teeth. Henry and Edward are polar opposites who share only one thing in common -- the same body. When the carefully constructed wall between them breaks down, Henry and Edward are thrust into unfamiliar territory where each man is dangerously out of his element."
I would love to see a reprise of "Battle of the Network Stars," with some new twist. Maybe CSI vs. Law & Order vs. JAG stars? Frankly, I'm sick of "reality" tv generating new celebrities. I want our current celebrities to be more... famous?
I mean, Gabe Kaplan was the star of "Welcome Back, Kotter" and the ABC team captain for "Battle..." Why can't Vincent D'Onofrio pull double duty?
Ooooh- here's an idea! How 'bout a "Battle of the Minnesota Public Media Stars"! TPT vs. MPR vs. MinnPost! Sanden & Jeff vs. Mary Lahammer and Erik Escola in a 3-legged race! Gary Eichden vs. Doug Grow in a discus toss!
Make it work, gang.
I think you mean WWE, not WWF - way to get the company name wrong, that is professional journalism.
Silly me -- so old-fashioned. It's a rather innocent thing, but since you insulted my professional journalism...
Until 2002, the WWE was the WWF. Only after they lost a court case to the World Wildlife Fund in that year did they change their name to World Wrestling Entertainment.
Chyna stopped performing (wrestling) for the company in 2001, before the phrase WWE even existed. Therefore, she's pretty clearly a washed-up WWF wrestler.
I wrest my case.