When ABC’s Battle of the Network Stars premieres on Thursday, June 29th (9/8C) it will carry on in the same cheerily cheesy manner as the original series in the ’70s & ’80s – opening round competition finds Team Sitcoms vs. TV Kids (pictured), for example.
One hundred TV stars past and present will participate – names like: Joey Lawrence, Gabriel Carteris, Keegan Allen and Jack Osbourne.
The teams will be coached by former MMA champiopn Ronda Rousey and Super Bowl champion DeMarcus Ware – with ESPN’s Mike Greenberg and Joe Tessitore hosting, and Cassidy Hubbarth and Cari Champion reporting from the sidelines.
Acomplete list of competitors and their teams follows.
ABC is setting up an interesting 2017-18 season with programming ranging from pure soap to comic-book fantasy to science fiction. Here are my gut reactions (and rankings) of the trailers for ABC’s new fall and midseason shows.
At today’s upfront presentation ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey announced that Grammy- and Emmy-nominated artist Katy Perry is set to judge the next generation of artists on ABC’s revival of American Idol.
Talk show host Jimmel Kimmel and actor/writer Justin Theroux have sold a unique comedy special to ABC. The “Untitled Kimmel and Theroux Project” will bring viewers classic sitcom scripts from the 70s, 80s and 90s, to be acted out live by today’s biggest names in comedy.
Channing Dungey, ABC’s President of Entertainment, made the announcement at todays Upfront.
ABC has a wicked strong set of trailers for its new shows – shows about rappers who run for mayor to promote their records… and win; refugees from an American civil war in the future; a disgraced illusionist who offers his services to the FBI to clear his name; a not particularly good person who’s given a mission from God; a couple whose divorce reignites their marriage, and more.
When ABC’s 2017-18 Primetime Fall Schedule kicks in, there will a few changes – one of the biggest being that The Mayor and The Gospel of Kevin will take over Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Tuesday night timeslot – with S.H.I.E.L.D. being held in reserve for midseason – as part of kind of ‘Thank God It’s Tuesday’ comedy rollout that also features Freh Off the Boat (new timeslot) and black-ish (new day and timeslot).
Dancing with the Stars and rookie medical drama The Good Doctor stake out Mondays; American Housewife slides into the otherwise intact the Wednesday schedule, fitting in between Modern Family and Designated Survivor.