Before there was social media to reveal celebrities at less than their best, there was “Battle of the Network Stars.” Now ABC is preparing a reboot of the show for prime time, according to Variety.
“The network is developing a rebooted version of the ’70s and ’80s television classic, which pitted teams of TV stars against one another in athletic competitions,” Variety reports. “ABC has begun a casting search for what would be a new event series airing this summer. According to a casting announcement obtained by Variety, the series will shoot in May.”
The updated version of the show comes from ABC and IMG, which owns the format and will produce with Glassman Media. Variety notes that the show will showcase celebrities from multiple television genres, who will compete for charity.
One of the original series’ quintessential moments involved a clash between “Wild Wild West” star Robert Conrad and “Welcome Back, Kotter’s” Gabe Kaplan over a relay race.
Here’s a 9-minute recap of the incident. Fast-forward to about 4:30 to go right to the fondly remembered Robert Conrad meltdown …