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BATTLE OF THE NETWORK STARS
Air Date: Thursday, September 07, 2017
Time Slot: 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: (#108) "TV Lifeguards vs Trouble Makers"
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SEASON FINALE

ABC'S 'BATTLE OF THE NETWORK STARS' CONTINUES ON SEPTEMBER 7

"Troublemakers vs. TV Lifeguards" - The revival of "Battle of the Network Stars," based on the '70s and '80s television pop-culture classic, will continue with the season finale on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. The original series from ABC Sports began in 1976 and continued for 13 years. The new "Battle of the Network Stars" is be a nostalgic throwback to the original series where TV celebrities blended athleticism with hilarious antics.

Here are the teams for this new episode (* = returning to "Battle of the Network Stars"):

Troublemakers (Vivica A. Fox, Paul Johansson, John Barrowman, Julie Benz, Catherine Bach) vs. TV Lifeguards (David Chokachi, Brande Roderick, *Parker Stevenson, Nicole Eggert, Gena Lee Nolin)

The hosts for "Battle of the Network Stars" are Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) and Joe Tessitore (@Joe_Tess) of ESPN; Cassidy Hubbarth (@CassidyHubbarth) and Cari Champion (@CariChampion) of ESPN are sideline reporters; plus Super Bowl 50 winner DeMarcus Ware (@DeMarcusWare) and MMA fighter/Olympian Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) are the team captains.

In an ode to ABC's "Wide World of Sports," 100 TV stars from 14 different network and cable companies will take their athleticism to a new level as they compete - to feel "the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat." The summer event will pit teams of current and classic TV stars from multiple eras and different genres against one another in a variety of athletic games. Viewers can look forward to seeing a fresh take at some of the classic show's sporting events like Tug of War, Archery, Kayak Relay, Obstacle Course and Dunk Tank - all from the site of the original series, the beautiful campus of Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.

"Battle of the Network Stars" is produced by Glassman Media and IMG, who also owns the format. The executive producers are Andrew Glassman, Will Staeger, Michael Antinoro and Chris Carlson.

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BATTLE OF THE NETWORK STARS (ABC)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
6/29/17 - ???
STATUS:
on hiatus or fate to be determined
TIME SLOT:
completed airing its current season
CURRENT SEASON:
1 (10 episodes)
ADDITIONAL NOTES:
completed airing its first season on 9/7/17; has yet to be renewed for a second season
DESCRIPTION:
(from ABC's press release, April 2017) The '70s and '80s television pop-culture classic, "Battle of the Network Stars," is revived when it returns to television this summer. "Battle of the Network Stars" is a nostalgic throwback to the original series where TV celebrities blended athleticism with hilarious antics. The 10-episode summer event will pit teams of current and classic TV stars from multiple eras and different genres against one another in a variety of athletic games. Viewers can look forward to seeing a fresh take at some of the classic show's sporting "events" like Tug o' War, the Obstacle Course and the Dunk Tank. In the original "Battle of the Network Stars," TV stars representing the three major networks at that time - ABC, CBS and NBC - teamed up to compete in physical challenges that were originally broadcast on ABC starting in 1976 and continuing for 13 years. Legendary sports broadcaster Howard Cosell hosted all but one of those 19 episodes, commenting on the action with a semi-serious version of the style for which he was famous.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Cari Champion as Reporter
· Cassidy Hubbarth as Reporter
· DeMarcus Ware as Captain
· Joe Tessitore as Host
· Mike Greenberg as Host
· Ronda Rousey as Captain
CREW INFORMATION:
· Andrew Glassman as EP
· Chris Carlson as EP
· Michael Antinoro as EP
· Will Staeger as EP
GENRE(S):
· reality (all)
· reality (competition)
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· Glassman Media
· IMG Media