Battle of the Network Reality Stars debuts tonight

Bravo resurrects a television classic from the ’70s and ’80s tonight as it airs Battle of the Network Reality Stars. The six-hour series kicks off tonight at 9 p.m. ET with a 90-minute premiere. According to Bravo, it will feature “teams of sweat suit and Speedo-clad reality stars that will partake in physical and aggressively competitive challenges reminiscent of the original program.” Of course, if they lose, they’ll also vote each other off of teams.

Thirty-two reality stars (from 16 shows and eight networks) will compete; among them, Survivor’s Richard Hatch, The Amazing Race 7’s Jonathan and Victoria, Big Brother’s Will Kirby and Mike Malin, and The Amazing Race 6’s Charla and Mirna. Trishelle, Omarosa, and Bob Guiney show up as “roving reporters” rather than competitors to support host Mike Adamle.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Rob Owen points out the one major flaw with the concept: “we’re seeing players compete in what are often tamer athletic pursuits than the challenges on the reality shows that gained them notoriety in the first place,” and “the humiliation of getting wet in a dunk tank pales compared to, say, being duped on national TV, making a fool of yourself while sloshed or being fired by Donald Trump.”

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