ABC reviving Superstars this summer

A year after NBC’s relaunch of American Gladiators found success and then sputtered out, ABC will revive another television franchise: Superstars, which first aired in the 1970s as part of ABC’s Wide World of Sports.

Not to be confused with NBC’s new Superstar Dancers of the World, ABC’s six-episode series will two-person teams consisting of a pro athlete and celebrity competing in various sporting events, with one being eliminated every week. The series will air this summer after the NBA finals.

Production company Juma Entertainment president Bob Horowitz told Variety that, after shopping the series to networks in the fall, they found that “ABC was the most aggressive, and they were big on getting the authenticity of the original ‘Superstars’ format. And the fact that they have the NBA Finals in June makes it a phenomenal springboard for promoting the series.”

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Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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