Earlier this week, ABC announced it would air a show called “Celebrity Diving” in the spring. Now FOX is rushing its own, similar show onto the air.
Say hello to “Stars in Danger: The High Dive,” a two-hour special FOX will air on Wednesday, Jan. 9 — a full two months before ABC unveils “Celebrity Diving.” It will feature eight more-or-less celebrities attempting Olympic-style dives after receiving some training from “renowned” coaches. Former Olympic medalist Troy Dumais is on board as a commentator.
If that sounds almost exactly like the premise of “Celebrity Diving,” it’s because it is. “Stars in Danger” — which FOX ordered a few weeks after ABC picked up “Celebrity Diving” — is based on a German show, however, while ABC’s version is based on a format that originated in the Netherlands. (The German show is the older of the two European ones.)
FOX has a history of pushing its own versions of other networks’ unscripted shows on the air (see “Trading Spouses,” “The Next Great Champ,” etc.), but it hasn’t done anything quite this brazen for a number of years. (And, to be fair, pretty much everyone else jumped on the singing-competition bandwagon after “American Idol.”)
The celebs taking part in “Stars in Danger” are “Jersey Shore” star JWOWW; former “Baywatch” actors Alexandra Paul and David Chokachi; professional surfer Bethany Hamilton; ex-NFL star Terrell Owens; “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” Kim and Kyle Richards; and actor Antonio Sabato Jr.