Failed Sports Reality Show TV Pilots

Jun 19, 2008

Reality shows have taken over the networks.  Some of them (American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, etc.) are highly successful.  Some, however got grounded before getting picked up by a network.  My Hollywood Insider, Eric Greenberg, from the critically acclaimed Just My Show helped uncover these gems.  Now, it’s my job to alert the masses about these pilots in hopes that a network will pick them up.  Perhaps with a grass roots marketing effort we can make these shows a “reality”.

Square Dancing with the Stars
This spin-off was receiving competing bids from TNN and CMT before all hell broke loose.  Looking back, perhaps it wasn’t the best idea to have both Tony Stewart and Tonya Harding on the set at the same time.  Once the moonshine was flowing you just knew there was going to be a fight. 

Just the Ten of Us

All plans for a remake of this show starring Travis Henry and his illegitimate children were brought to a screeching halt when he was cut from the Broncos.  Shawn Kemp is in negotiations to take over for Henry.

The Brady Bunch
After losing in the Super Bowl and the fallout from the Spygate scandal has put this production on the shelf.  People just got tired of the Patriots.  Although the critics loved the pilot, the feeback from the test audience told a different story.

Joba and the Fatman

Let’s face it.  This idea was bound to fail from the moment of conception.  Hank Steinbrenner has the gruff personality to pull off his role, but when he speaks everyone tunes him out.  It was a new role for Joba, and he still needs to work out the kinks.  One bright spot was Brian Cashman’s performance in the role of Max.

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10 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Larry Novak
    June 19th, 2008 at 2:05 pm #

    Great Stuff, I was really looking foward to “Ten Of us”

  2. LestersLegends
    June 19th, 2008 at 2:13 pm #

    Larry – Thanks.

  3. Mo Morrissey
    June 19th, 2008 at 7:40 pm #

    Joba and the Fat Man? That’s a riot!!!

  4. LestersLegends
    June 19th, 2008 at 9:10 pm #

    Mo – thanks. was in a goofy mood today

  5. Chuck
    June 20th, 2008 at 8:40 am #

    That was hilarious.

  6. LestersLegends
    June 20th, 2008 at 8:55 am #

    Thanks Chuck.

  7. aajoe7
    June 20th, 2008 at 9:57 am #

    I like them. Personally, I think you should call Travis Henry’s show “9 is enough”, but that’s just me.

    These look like great shows for when I’m running ESPN7 (el siete) one day. I’ll add them to my list:

    Scrabble With the Stars
    The Little League World Series of Poker
    Late-night Sports with Charles Barkley
    Curling Night in Canada
    Sport or Not a Sport? (mainly focuses on judged events)
    Dennis Rodman is 40 and Single

    I’m telling you, these can’t miss.


  8. gagne619
    June 20th, 2008 at 10:19 am #

    haha great work!

    You should post this on your Sportingnews blog!

    I’m everyone would like to see this…

  9. LestersLegends
    June 20th, 2008 at 10:51 am #

    aajoe – i like it. some very good programs.
    gagne – thanks. I’ll probably post it this weekend there. Thanks for stopping by.

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