Battle of the Network Stars to feature Vivica A. Fox, Lou Ferrigno, Taye Diggs, 97 more
After nearly a 30-year hiatus, the Battle lines are being drawn again. Battle of the Network Stars will return to ABC on June 29 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, and the times have changed, which means it won’t be only network stars competing but also those hailing from cable (and even first-run syndication). One hundred stars will be split into themed teams and will compete against each other in a set of athletic challenges like tug of war, archery, kayak relay, an obstacle course, and the dunk tank. (Warning: Their white socks may not be jacked up as high as the ones worn by their predecessors.)
Who are these “stars” that the show title promises? They come from all corners of the television universe, and from series that aired across several decades, including The Brady Bunch, Good Times, Growing Pains, Charles in Charge, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Melrose Place and Private Practice. What’s that? Get more specific with the names? They range from Vivica A. Fox to Kevin Sorbo to Lou Ferrigno to Taye Diggs to John Barrowman to Lacheys Nick and Vanessa to no less than five Baywatch actors that are not named David Hasselhoff or Pamela Anderson.
Below, EW reveals 60 of the contestants and six of the match-ups. (Actors listed in italics competed in the original version.)
TV Sex Symbols (Keegan Allen, Traci Bingham, Rosa Blasi, Brant Daugherty, Galen Gering) vs. Variety (Joanna Krupa, Nick Lachey, Vanessa Lachey, Gilles Marini, Jack Osbourne)
TV Sitcoms (Todd Bridges, Leigh-Allyn Baker, Dave Foley, Willie Garson, Jenna von Oy) vs. Cops (Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox, Kelly Hu, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, Lorenzo Lamas)
TV Moms & Dads (Chad Lowe, Greg Evigan, Ted McGinley, Lesley Fera, Jackee Harry) vs. TV Kids (Jimmie Walker, Mackenzie Phillips, Jonathan Lipnicki, Krista Marie Yu, Jeremy Miller)
Famous TV Families (Danny Bonaduce, Barry Williams, Beverley Mitchell, Willie Aames, Charlene Tilton) vs. Doctors (Thomas Calabro, Taye Diggs, Rachelle Lefevre, Deidre Hall, Benjamin Hollingsworth)
TV Lifeguards (David Chokachi, Brande Roderick, Parker Stevenson, Nicole Eggert, Gena Lee Nolin) vs. Troublemakers (Vivica A. Fox, Paul Johansson, John Barrowman, Julie Benz, Catherine Bach)
Sci-Fi Fantasy (Lou Ferrigno, Vinnie Jones, Charisma Carpenter, Kevin Sorbo, Jill Wagner) vs. Cops (Marisol Nichols, Roma Maffia, Adrian Zmed, Fred Dryer, Ryan Paevey)
UPDATE: Here are the rest of the teams:
TV Sitcoms (Bronson Pinchot, Tom Arnold, Dave Coulier, A.J. Michalka, Tracey Gold) vs. TV Kids (Joey Lawrence, Corbin Bleu, Nolan Gould, Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields)
Primetime Soaps (Ian Ziering, Josh Henderson, Gabrielle Carteris, Donna Mills, Mischa Barton) vs. ABC Stars (Olivia d’Abo, Shari Belafonte, Michael Fishman, Jason Hervey, Anson Williams)
White House Shows (Cornelius Smith Jr., Marlee Matlin, Joshua Malina, LaMonica Garrett, Mary McCormack) vs. Lawyers (Elisabeth Rohm, Corbin Bernsen, Matt McGorry, Romi Dias, Catherine Bell)
Variety (Lance Bass, Joey Fatone, Adrienne Houghton, Cameron Mathison, Kelly Osbourne) vs. ABC Stars (Ted Lange, Troy Gentile, Jill Whelan, Denise Richards, Joely Fisher)
Nineteen episodes of Battle of the Network Stars aired on ABC from 1976 to 1988. (Bravo aired a version titled Battle of the Network Reality Stars that lasted for six episodes in 2005.) This revival of Battle of the Network Stars will include 10 episodes. MMA fighter Ronda Rousey and former NFL player DeMarcus Ware will serve as team captains, while Mike Greenberg and Joe Tessitore will handle hosting duties.