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.”