The Olympics don’t start for a few weeks but FOX has decided to get viewers all warmed up with “Skating With Celebrities” (Weds. 9pm). This will undoubtedly turn into reality TV at its
worst best. On one hand, we’ve got elite figure skaters who we’ve seen gliding around in one Olympics or another- okay, we know they’re good. But their partners… oh. That’s where the real entertainment begins; with several once-famous semi-celebs willing to risk obvious humiliation – not to mention being brained off the ice itself – for a chance to get back into the public eye. This is desperation at its finest, folks!
Dave Coulier, forever known to many as “Uncle Joey” from the 80′s hit Full House, will be skating with two-time Olympic Medalist turned mother of two, Nancy Kerrigan. Olympic Gold Medalist Bruce Jenner is matched with Tai Babilonia, a former world champ in pairs skating.
Todd Bridges of Diff’rent Strokes fame is paired with three time national pair champion, Jenni Meno. Kristy Swanson – the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer – gives it a try with two-time Olympic medalist Lloyd Eisler, while 80′s icon Deborah Gibson hits the ice with four-time world champion Kurt Browning. Lastly, “TV Personality” Jillian Barberie skates with three-time national champion John Zimmerman.
Dorothy Hamill, the perky young girl who inspired haircuts around the country, is one of three sorta-celeb judges. Renowned skating coach John Nicks also sits on a panel rounded out by Mark Lund. At least two out of the three make sense here.
Somehow, everyone slid their way through last night’s premiere episode without a serious crack-up. Swanson stumbled, Bridges looked like he was praying, and Gibson felt the need to remind viewers several times that she’d never skated before. Only Barberie looked even slightly comfortable out there, and that was enough to put her and Zimmerman solidly in first place.