Skating with the Stars Premiere

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:
Rebecca Budig
Actress

Bethenny Frankel
Real Housewives Reality Actress

Jonny Moseley
Olympic Gold Medal Skier

Vince Neil
Mötley Crüe Band Member

Brandon Mychal Smith
Actor

Sean Young
Actress

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.

November 22, 2010 I Written By

A true lover of TV. Not everything about TV, but great TV. Not afraid to say what he thinks and be proven wrong when someone knows something more than he does. My favorite TV show is definitely Amazing Race. However, it's not my favorite TV show to blog about.

Skating with the Stars on ABC – Johnny Weir Maybe?

Like “Dancing,” “Skating with the Stars” will find stars competing live and in front of a panel of judges who will rate their performances.

Just in time for winter, the six-episode show will premiere on Monday, November 22 on ABC. The cast of the new reality show will be unveiled on November 2.

“Skating with the Stars” isn’t the first ice skating celeb competition to hit the U.S.

A similar program, “Skating with Celebrities” appeared on FOX in 2006. Among the stars who competed on that program included “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” patriarch Bruce Jenner, former “Full House” funnyman Dave Coulier and actress Kristy Swanson, who famously became involved with her then-married dancing partner, Lloyd Eisler. – Source

Skating definitely seems a bit more dangerous than dancing. Although, considering the number of injuries on Dancing with the Stars, maybe I’m wrong.

Looks like it’s going to be on during the Holiday Break when there’s not much on TV. So, I’ll probably watch it. What can I say? I love reality TV. It’s really entertaining.

The real question is who will be the professional skaters on the show. I’m guessing Johnny Weir. Maybe Kristi Yamaguchi since she has the DWTS tie in.

Anyone know where we can see footage of the previous skating star competition on Fox?

October 15, 2010 I Written By

A true lover of TV. Not everything about TV, but great TV. Not afraid to say what he thinks and be proven wrong when someone knows something more than he does. My favorite TV show is definitely Amazing Race. However, it's not my favorite TV show to blog about.