Tonight at 8pm, ABC will debut its new series Splash, a “celebrity” diving competition show in which such iconic figures as Kendra Wilkinson, Keshia Knight Pulliam, and Louie Anderson… well, they do dives, and that’s pretty much the show. If you’re anything like us, you may have greeted this description with one question: “Holy moly, is that the stupidest idea for a television program, ever?” To which we laugh and laugh, and then say, “I dunno, maybe.” To be fair, it’s a tough competition; since its inception, television executives have seemed consistently challenged to top each other in creating excruciatingly dumb shows. After the jump, we’ve rounded up ten that give Splash a run for its money.
Secret Talents of the Stars (2008)
Beware of any reality/competition show with “stars” or “celebrity” in its title — the simple math is, if someone’s career is in the kind of shape where they’re doing a reality/competition show, they’re probably not much of a star or celebrity anymore. Such was the case with this 2008 CBS series, featuring Clint Black showing off his stand-up chops, George Takei crooning a country tune, Mya tap dancing, etc. Trouble is, we weren’t all that interested in seeing these folks do what they were known for anymore — who cares if Sheila E. can juggle? Secret Talents of the Stars aired exactly once before the network canceled it due to low ratings.