Oh yeah. I’d watch this.
Reuters is reporting that after seeing a Celebrity Dodgeball Tournament for a AIDS benefit, at lease one TV exec things this could be the next ‘Celebrity Boxing’ or ”Battle of the Network Stars.’
The proposed 13-episode weekly series, entitled “Ultimate Dodgeball,” is getting shopped to various cable networks.
The lightbulb for the idea was last month’s Celebrity Dodgeball Tournament, benefiting the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. The event’s organizer, Zoo Prods. (“MTV’s Morning After”), knew it was onto something after watching Matthew Perry, David Spade, Courteney Cox Arquette and Jeff Probst pelt each other with red balls.
Initially, Zoo was simply hoping to raise money for a good cause.
“But once we heard Jeff Probst talk about how badly he wanted to beat the ‘Friends’ team because they had beat him in the ratings, we realized we could be a new version of ‘Battle of the Network Stars,”‘ said Zoo founder Barry Poznick.
A celeb edition of “Ultimate Dodgeball” ## celeb-friendliness practically being a prerequisite these days for reality series ## is part of Poznick’s pitch to networks. During the course of the show, showbizzers will end up taking on a team of real people.
Nothing like televising something considered too ‘violent’ for playgrounds on TV with adults trying to pelt each other 🙂