ABC’s Miracle Workers, Spike TV’s Pros Vs. Joes both debut tonight

ABC looks for another feel-good reality hit when it debuts Miracle Workers tonight at 10 p.m. ET. The show follows “an elite team of medical professionals” who will help “ordinary people who do not have the network, access to the necessary medical community or in some cases the resources to these procedures” to deal with illness, disease, or other afflictions.

The show is, of course, designed to make you bawl until you can cry no more, but it’s also at least reaching out to CSI’s audience. That’s because, as ABC explains on the show’s web site, “State-of-the-art special effects will take viewers inside the patients’ bodies, showing in detail the incredible medical transformation taking place.”

At the same time that we’re zooming into bodies to watch 3-D animation of who knows what, Spike TV will debut its new series Pros Vs. Joes. The show takes celebrity reality TV and combines it with sports, allowing “three regular guys” to “compete against each other.” But to do that, they’ll have to “take on five of the world [sic] greatest athletes,” according to the show’s web site.

Each of the 10 episodes features five pros and a fun title that describes that week’s competition, such as episode three’s “Hit John Rocker.” Now there’s a great concept for a reality TV show competition.

Miracle Workers [ABC]
Pros Vs. Joes [Spike TV]
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