Spike TV plans Pros vs. Joes series with Jerry Rice, Karl Malone, and others

Spike TV is producing another “joe” series, although this one will not be a fake, satirical reality show. Instead, Pros vs. Joes “will feature contestants competing against each other and 19 famous sports figures in a variety of reality-show challenges and real sporting events — everything from football to ice skating,” according to the AP.

The athletes include Jerry Rice, Karl Malone, Bo Jackson, Herschel Walker, Brandi Chastain, and Gary Hall.

Rice told the AP that he’s looking forward to competing against non-professionals. “It’s exciting, because I’ve been a Joe. When I was a Joe, I always wanted that opportunity. I know the (contestants) will be thinking, ‘If only I got the break.’ It’s going to be very fun and very challenging, and one thing I really want to develop is some teamwork with the athletes here.”

The 10-episode series, which will feature hour-long episodes, debuts next April.

Rice, Bo, Malone others to appear on Pros vs. Joes [AP]

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