Battle of the Network Stars

Variety reports that Paramount is launching a big-screen version of the cheesy 70s reality show "Battle of the Network Stars."

is writing the script, and Jimmy
will produce through Mosaic. Barry Frank, who created
the show in 1978, will be exec producer.

Pic will revolve around a disgraced network exec who must claw his way back
to respectability by winning the contest. Concept was hatched by Cohen.

Original show bowed in the late ’70s, with teams of series stars from ABC,
NBC and CBS squaring off against one another in athletic events. Howard Cosell
presided over the proceedings as soberly as if he were hosting the Olympics.

5 thoughts on “Battle of the Network Stars”

  1. Hollywood’s reservoir of stupidity is infinite, and this is just further proof. Fortunately for the studios, there are a suprisingly large number of people who will pay good money to see this film when it is released.

  2. Is there no end to this? BONS was stupid, patronizing, boring and STUPID in 1970-whatever, and the concept hasn’t improved with age.
    I thought we’d hit the bottom with “Dukes of Hazzard”, but man…

  3. I think I may have seen some of the old ones in reruns or something. I must admit to finding the Battle of the Reality Network Stars on Bravo to be entertaining for summer fluff (wouldn’t watch it otherwise), but this movie sounds like a sure miss to me.

  4. Wow. That’s…I mean…just, wow.
    Do you think it will ever occur to the studios that, just because something was on TV in the seventies, it doesn’t mean it will make a good movie?


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