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.”

ABC fields ‘Superstars’ [ABC]

Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.


More Married at First Sight

Married at First Sight couples

The couples who stayed together after being Married at First Sight--Jason Carrion and Cortney Hendrix, and Doug Hehner and Jamie Otis--are now being followed by cameras for a brand-new reality series.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.