ABC’s new celebrity diving show, which premieres tonight, may have one thing going for it that Fox’s similarly themed, not widely viewed and largely forgotten “Stars in Danger: The High Dive” didn’t have, according to TV writer Jennifer Graham Kizer, writing on iVillage.com.
That would be plus-size comedian Louie Anderson, whose inclusion in the lineup for ABC’s new “Splash!” has already had an impact. Anderson “is one competitor getting lots of early attention,” Graham Kizer writes, “ostensibly since his girth ought to inspire the largest ‘splash.’ He also told ABC News that he’s ‘not that good of a swimmer’ and has ‘a fear of heights.’ An overweight, fearful guy on a high dive? Perfect. This ought to be way better than that other celebrity diving show that’s everyone’s forgotten already. Too bad they didn’t have a fat guy.”
Also in the lineup for “Splash!” are celebs and near-celebs including reality star Kendra Wilkinson, “Baywatch” alum Nicole Eggert and NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, among others. A real diver, Olympian Greg Louganis, will be coaching the stars.
Addressing fans of trainwreck reality television, Graham Kizer says “Splash!” is “your next opportunity to watch TV through your fingers as minor celebs risk humiliation for money (and maybe a bit more fame).”
The report gets into a series of recent “bad reality ideas” that have made it into various channels’ lineups, including NBC’s “Stars Earn Stripes,” AMC’s “Immortalized,” CBS’s “The Job” and E!’s “Bridalplasty.”
Graham Kizer writes: “Maybe we should have expected this from the network that brought us ‘Are You Hot?’ a decade ago. (A judging panel selected the contestant with the sexiest body. With a laser pointer.) But let’s not pick on ABC, because lots of networks have taken bad reality ideas all the way to the air.”
Considering other contenders in the crowded trainwreck TV field, Graham Kizer concludes: “On second thought, maybe ‘Splash!’ isn’t so bad. Divers, take your mark!”