Tonight after the finale of Dancing with the Stars, ABC is doing the Premiere of Skating with the Stars. I think this is a smart play on ABC’s part, but I am kind of disappointed by the cast they’ve put together for Skating with the Stars. Check them out:
Real Housewives Reality Actress
Olympic Gold Medal Skier
Mötley Crüe Band Member
Brandon Mychal Smith
Plus, this description of Skating with the Stars describes the real problem with this show and why I don’t think it will do all that well:
Of course, it’s not like any of the professionals can complain much. U.S. figure skating has produced excellent, legendary skaters. Remember watching Scott Hamilton and Brian Boitano dominate on the men’s side, a tradition followed by Evan Lysacek on his way to winning gold in 2010? Or the likes of Kristi Yamiguchi, Michelle Kwan, Tara Lipinski and Sara Hughes on the women’s team? Judging from the ratings the sport gets every four years, you probably do.
Well, how about Ethan Burgess, Fred Palascak and Denis Petukhov? Or Brooke Castile, Keauna McLaughlin and Jennifer Wester? Remember watching any of them perform in competition? Probably not. But those are your pros on “Skating With the Stars.” Of course, all six are excellent skaters, much like the professionals on “Dancing” are among the top dancers around.
The one thing the show has going for it is the judges, particularly if Johnny Weir also is in charge of wardrobe. Between him and Laurie Ann Gibson, the choreographer known in part for her work with Lady Gaga, I’d expect these skating routines to be heavy on the costumes and storylines, and light on the actual jumps.
Me, I’m most curious to watch Dick Button, the third judge. Button was an innovative skater who helped revolutionize the sport 60 years ago and has since become a legendary broadcaster as well. He could be great at this reality-show judging thing, or he could spend the entire two hours wondering what in the heck has happened to his sport that it’s now being used by these jokers for cheap winter ratings.
Of course, Dancing with the Stars wasn’t much to write home about in its first year either. It will be interesting to see how they do with Skating with the Stars. I predict Johnny Weir fans might be the key to the show surviving.