THE GRANDDADDY OF ALL REALITY SHOWS RETURNS FOR A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE, ON "THAT'S INCREDIBLE: THE REUNION," STARRING ORIGINAL HOSTS JOHN DAVIDSON, FRAN TARKENTON AND CATHY LEE CROSBY, THURSDAY, JUNE 12, ON ABC
"That's Incredible" was the show that helped create today's reality series genre with segments that showed everything from death defying stunts, mystifying phenomena and wacky animal stunts, as well as uplifting stories about amazing people who overcame obstacles and handicaps. In a one-hour special, "That's Incredible: The Reunion," original hosts John Davidson, Fran Tarkenton and Cathy Lee Crosby come together again to relive some of the series' most memorable moments through retrospective clips that show the more unusual sides of nature, medicine and human endeavor. Also featured are reunions with some of the people who were subjects on the original show. "That's Incredible: The Reunion" airs THURSDAY, JUNE 12 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Rebroadcast. OAD: 5/21/02)
The retrospective clips range from some of the first footage America saw of snowboarding and bungee jumping to amazing animal tricks, a 2000-human domino chain reaction, and boxing legend Muhammad Ali providing inspiration and advice to an amateur boxer who refused to let his handicap determine his success.
Segments to be featured in "That's Incredible: The Reunion" include:
* Beekeeper Dr. Gary bringing in drone bees and asking Cathy Lee to allow one to sting her
* "Hatchet Man" returning to throw hatchets at one of the hosts
* Current Rubik's cube champion Dan Knights being challenged to break his winning record of 15.6 seconds
During its original run on ABC from 1980 to 1984, "That's Incredible, " which popularized the phrase "Don't try this at home," looked at the more unusual sides of man and nature in segments that ranged from the uplifting (young people overcoming severe handicaps to lead normal lives) to the unexplainable (a park ranger who'd been hit by lightning more than 7 times) to the daring (a stuntman jumping a motorcycle over the spinning rotors of 3 helicopters).
Alan Landsburg is the executive producer and director of "That's Incredible: The Reunion." Kay Hoffman is the supervising producer. Paula Deats is the producer and shares writers' credit with Michael Rowe. The show is produced by The Landsburg Company.