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Battle of the Network Stars

Battle of the Network Stars
Presented byHoward Cosell (1976-88)
Tony Potts (2003 special) Mike Greenberg (2017)
Joe Tessitore (2017)
with various others (see below)
Country of originUSA
No. of seasonsOriginal series: 12
Revival series: 1
No. of episodesOriginal series: 19
Revival series: 10
Production
Running time120 minutes (1976-88)
60 minutes (2017-)
Production Trans World International
ABC Sports
Release
Original networkABC
Original releaseOriginal series:
November 13, 1976 - December 10, 1988
Revival series:
June 29, 2017 - September 7, 2017

Battle of the Network Stars is a series of competitions in which television stars from ABC, CBS, and NBC would compete in various sporting events. A total of 19 of these competitions were held between 1976 and 1988, all of which were aired by ABC.

In 2003, NBC attempted to revive Battle of the Network Stars with a two-hour special.

In 2005, Bravo premiered a revived version of the show named Battle of the Network Reality Stars. Also in 2005, ESPN premiered a short-lived, sports-themed spinoff version of Battle of the Network Stars as Battle of the Gridiron Stars where it features twenty players from the AFC and NFC competing in a variety of tasks that had nothing to do with football.

In 2017, ABC revived the series as a summer series which premiered on June 29, 2017.

Broadcast history

The first Battle was broadcast on ABC starting in November 1976. The program proved popular and continued for an additional eight and a half years, with subsequent episodes airing approximately every six months until May 1985. One final competition aired in December 1988. NBC tried to revive the competition in 2003, but with an intra-network contest consisting of personalities from the NBC family of networks. Typically, episodes were aired twice per calendar year, once during the spring and once during the fall during Nielsen Ratings sweeps weeks.

Sports broadcaster Howard Cosell hosted or co-hosted all but one of the first nineteen competitions (he did not host the 1985 edition due to a falling-out with ABC, but he returned for the final edition in 1988), and commented on the action with a semi-serious version of the style for which he was famous.

When ABC revived the program as a weekly series in 2017, Mike Greenberg and Joe Tessitore took over the hosting duties.

Format

1976-1988

Each network was represented by eight or ten of its stars from various series, and one of those people from each team would be elected to serve as the network's team captain.

Some of the events were modeled after those used on The Superstars, another Trans World-ABC production that featured athletes from all sports competing against each other for an overall title. Regular events included swimming, kayaking, volleyball, golf, tennis, bowling (on custom-made outdoor lanes), cycling, 3-on-3 football, the baseball dunk, running, and the obstacle course. Also featured as a regular event was a game of "Simon Says", directed by Catskill hotel Grossinger's entertainer Lou Goldstein.[1] Each network received points based on how it performed in the event.

After the regular events were over, the lowest scoring network was eliminated from further competition and the two remaining networks determined the day's winner with the final event, the Tug-Of-War.

2017-present

Two teams of five celebrities compete each week with a professional athlete as their coach (The coaches return throughout the season). The teams are typically assigned based on the genre or role of the celebrities' notable TV credits. For example, one episode pitted prime-time soap opera stars against actors associated with comedies, while another had had actors who played lawyers vs. those who played White House employees. Teams often include at least one veteran actor or actress who previously competed in the original Battle of the Network Stars and archive footage of their previous appearance(s) is shown. The venue remains Pepperdine University, as was the original.

Rosters

1976-1988

Battles I-III: Each network had a roster of 10 stars: six men and four women.

Battles IV-VI: Each network had a roster of eight stars: five men and three women.

Battles VII-XIX: Each network had a roster of eight stars: four men and four women.

Events

1976-1988

Battle I: Swimming Relay, Tennis, Golf, Baseball Dunk, Bicycle Relay, Obstacle Course, Volleyball, Running Relay, Tug-of-War

Battle II: Swimming Relay, Kayak Relay, Baseball Dunk, Obstacle Course, Golf, Running Relay, 3-on-3 Football, Tug-of-war

Battle III: Swimming Relay, Kayak Relay, Bowling, Baseball Dunk, Obstacle Course, Golf, Running Relay, 3-on-3 Football, Tug-of-War

Battle IV: Swimming Relay, Kayak Relay, Frisbee Catch, Baseball Dunk, Obstacle Course, Running Relay, 3-on-3 Football, Tug-of-War

Battles V-VII: Swimming Relay, Kayak Relay, 3-on-3 Football, Baseball Dunk, Obstacle Course, Running Relay, Tug-of-War

Battles VIII-XVII: Swimming Relay, Kayak Relay, 3-on-3 Football, Baseball Dunk, Obstacle Course, Tandem Bike Relay, Running Relay, Tug-of-War

2017-present

2017: Running Relay, Swimming Relay (2-on-2), Kayak Relay (2-on-2), Baseball Dunk, Tennis (service return), Archery, Soccer (target practice), Basketball (3-point shooting), Golf (closest to pin), Women's Obstacle Course, Men's Obstacle Course, Tug-of-War

Episodes

Battle of the Network Stars I (Nov. 13, 1976)

Battle of the Network Stars II (Feb. 28, 1977)

This edition aired under the title Challenge of the Network Stars.

Battle of the Network Stars III (Nov. 4, 1977)

Battle of the Network Stars IV (May 7, 1978)

Battle of the Network Stars V (Nov. 18, 1978)

Battle of the Network Stars VI (May 7, 1979)

Battle of the Network Stars VII (Nov. 2, 1979)

Battle of the Network Stars VIII (May 4, 1980)

Battle of the Network Stars IX (Dec. 5, 1980)

Battle of the Network Stars X (May 8, 1981)

Battle of the Network Stars XI (Nov. 20, 1981)

Battle of the Network Stars XII (May 5, 1982)

Battle of the Network Stars XIII (Oct. 1, 1982)

Battle of the Network Stars XIV (May 4, 1983)

Battle of the Network Stars XV (Nov. 3, 1983)

Battle of the Network Stars XVI (May 3, 1984)

Battle of the Network Stars XVII (Dec. 20, 1984)

Battle of the Network Stars XVIII (May 23, 1985)

Battle of the Network Stars XIX (Dec. 10, 1988)

Total overall wins - ABC: 7, CBS: 6, NBC: 6




Battle of the Network Stars (20[b]) (2017)

For this edition, rather than the standard network vs. network format, fielding of the teams is based on the TV characters attributed to each celebrity--cops vs. TV sitcoms, White House vs. lawyers, TV moms & dads vs. TV kids, etc.[3]

Hosts Sideline Reporters Blue Team
DeMarcus Ware (captain)
Red Team
Ronda Rousey (captain)
Air date Prod.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
Mike Greenberg
Joe Tessitore
Cari Champion
Cassidy Hubbarth
TV Sitcoms (1) (19) (Winner)
Tom Arnold
Dave Coulier
Tracey Gold
AJ Michalka
Bronson Pinchot
TV Kids (1) (12)
Corbin Bleu
Kim Fields
Nolan Gould
Joey Lawrence
Lisa Whelchel
June 29, 2017 (2017-06-29) 101 4.141[4]
Variety (1) (10)
Joanna Krupa
Nick Lachey
Vanessa Lachey
Gilles Marini
Jack Osbourne
TV Sex Symbols (21) (Winner)
Keegan Allen
Traci Bingham
Rosa Blasi
Brant Daugherty
Galen Gering
July 6, 2017 (2017-07-06) 103 3.059[5]
White House (16) (Winner)
LaMonica Garrett
Joshua Malina
Marlee Matlin
Mary McCormack
Cornelius Smith Jr.
Lawyers (13)
Catherine Bell
Corbin Bernsen
Romi Dias
Matt McGorry
Elisabeth Röhm
July 13, 2017 (2017-07-13) 105 2.707[6]
Primetime Soaps (11)
Mischa Barton
Gabrielle Carteris
Josh Henderson
Donna Mills
Ian Ziering
ABC Stars (1) (19) (Winner)
Shari Belafonte
Olivia d'Abo
Michael Fishman
Jason Hervey
Anson Williams
July 20, 2017 (2017-07-20) 102 2.587[7]
Cops (1) (19) (Winner)
Erik Estrada
Kelly Hu
Lorenzo Lamas
Jodi Lyn O'Keefe
Larry Wilcox
TV Sitcoms (2) (11)
Leigh-Allyn Baker
Todd Bridges
Dave Foley
Willie Garson
Jenna von Oy
July 27, 2017 (2017-07-27) 104 2.573[8]
TV Moms & Dads (19) (Winner)
Greg Evigan
Lesley Fera
Jackee Harry
Chad Lowe
Ted McGinley
TV Kids (2) (12)
Jonathan Lipnicki
Jeremy Miller
Mackenzie Phillips
Jimmie Walker
Krista Marie Yu
August 3, 2017 (2017-08-03) 106 2.531[9]
Cops (2) (8)
Fred Dryer
Roma Maffia
Marisol Nichols
Ryan Paevey
Adrian Zmed
Sci-Fi Fantasy (21) (Winner)
Charisma Carpenter
Lou Ferrigno
Vinnie Jones
Kevin Sorbo
Jill Wagner
August 17, 2017 (2017-08-17) 110 2.319[10]
ABC Stars (2) (8)
Joely Fisher
Troy Gentile
Ted Lange
Denise Richards
Jill Whelan
Variety (2) (21) (Winner)
Adrienne Bailon
Lance Bass
Joey Fatone
Cameron Mathison
Kelly Osbourne
August 24, 2017 (2017-08-24) 109 2.053[11]
Famous TV Families (3)
Willie Aames
Danny Bonaduce
Beverley Mitchell
Charlene Tilton
Barry Williams
Doctors (32) (Winner)
Thomas Calabro
Taye Diggs
Deidre Hall
Benjamin Hollingsworth
Rachelle Lefevre
September 7, 2017 (2017-09-07) 107 2.979[12]
Troublemakers (20) (Winner)
Catherine Bach
John Barrowman
Julie Benz
Vivica A. Fox
Paul Johansson
TV Lifeguards (11)
David Chokachi
Nicole Eggert
Gena Lee Nolin
Brande Roderick
Parker Stevenson
September 7, 2017 (2017-09-07) 108 2.47[12]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ a b c Later known as Caitlyn Jenner.[2]
  2. ^ Although this is the 20th competition, it was never referred to as such.

References

  1. ^ SRO Productions Archived May 13, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Buzz Bissinger (June 1, 2015). "Introducing Caitlyn Jenner". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ "100 TV Stars in Pursuit of Athletic Glory on Battle of the Network Stars - Battle of the Network Stars". ABC.
  4. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (June 30, 2017). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 6.29.2017". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (July 7, 2017). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 7.6.2017". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (July 14, 2017). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 7.13.2017". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (July 21, 2017). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 7.20.2017". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (July 28, 2017). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 7.27.2017". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved 2017.
  9. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (August 4, 2017). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 8.3.2017". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved 2017.
  10. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (August 18, 2017). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 8.17.2017". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved 2017.
  11. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (August 25, 2017). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 8.24.2017". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved 2017.
  12. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (September 11, 2017). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 9.7.2017". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved 2017.

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