FOX Introduces Latest Copy: SKATING WITH CELEBRITIES
FansofRealityTV.com – What do you get when you take ABC’s DANCING WITH THE STARS, downgrade it to a network with a reputation for shameless copies, and apply it to an activity that is even lamer and wussier than ballroom dancing (to everyone except pre-teen girls and post-menopausal grannies). Why, you just might have the latest permutation of Reality TV formulas and clichés: FOX’s SKATING WITH CELEBRITIES.
This “new” show will pair six pro-skaters with six arguable “celebrities” (i.e. SURREAL LIFE rejects—and if you can’t get on that show, you are definitely just one rung above diving in dumpsters for your lunch) and pit them against one another in a pairs competition for an “unprecedented” figure skating title.
Nancy Kerrigan, Kurt Browning and Tai Babilonia will be among the professionals to participate, and Olympic Gold Medalist Scott Hamilton is set to host. Fellow Olympic Gold Medalist Dorothy Hamill will be a featured judge.
FOX released this list naming the celebrity/professional figure skater pairs this week:
- Actor/comedian Dave Coulier ("Full House") with two-time Olympic figure skating medalist Nancy Kerrigan;
- Olympic decathlon gold medalist and television personality Bruce Jenner with world champion pairs figure skater Tai Babilonia;
- Actor Todd Bridges ("Diff'rent Strokes") with three-time U.S. national pairs figure skating champion and world championship medalist Jenni Meno;
- Actress Kristy Swanson ("Dude, Where's My Car?", "Buffy the Vampire Slayer") with two-time Olympic pairs figure skating medalist and world champion Lloyd Eisler;
- Singer/songwriter/actress Deborah Gibson with four-time world figure skating champion Kurt Browning;
- Television personality, reporter and weather forecaster Jillian Barberie ("Good Day LA," "Fox NFL Sunday," "Good Morning, Miami") with three-time U.S. pairs figure skating champion and world championship medalist John Zimmerman.
The series will last for six episodes, each with a specific theme for performance. Each pair will have worked extensively with Five-time U.S. national ice dance champion and Emmy Award-winning choreographer Michael Seibert, U.S. and world figure skating champion and director/choreographer Randy Gardner and three-time U.S. ice dance champion Renee Roca to create unique new routines.
FOX's executive vice president of alternative programming, Mike Darnell promises, "This competition will require our celebrity skaters to not only demonstrate rhythm, but also athleticism, grace and balance … on ice, and before a team of unforgiving judges with both Olympic and world championship experience. No doubt there will be plenty of falls, bruises and scary moments." Yup, most likely 80% of the people who tune in will be there for the falls.