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.
Star Wars fans should be watching Monday Night Football (ESPN in the US; TSN in Canada) – following the halftime debut of the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer at halftime, tickets will go on sale for the film’s December 18th opening.
Here’s something interesting, ESPN Streaming is coming to the Xbox 360. With the Xbox 360’s large male audience this a great fit. According to the New York Times Disney and Microsoft are having closed door meetings and live streams of sporting events à la the now aptly-titled ESPN360 could come to the console on a per-subscriber fee, along with related interactive games. Now this is something I certainly pay for, but it’s an interesting example of where television is going. I’ll admit I have soured on Microsoft due to their restrictive licensing policies and if MS really wants the Xbox 360 to become a multi-media powerhouse they have to start releasing larger capacity HDs. I only have 40 gigs left and there’s no larger drive I can buy, even if I could, I couldn’t because I already did a license transfer and have to wait another year before I can do it again. WTF is that? I guess MS doesn’t want people to purchase multiple Xbox 360s! The PS3 let’s you redownload stuff up to 5 times.