Thank God The Writer's Strike Is Over

Monday, February 11, 2008


Hopefully this is the last of what the Writer's strike left us, but NBC is actually planning a reality show based around the Sport of Curling. I wish I was making this up....

Move over American Idol and make room for Rockstar Curling, a reality television show that may indeed have a rock-star connection.

NBC confirmed yesterday it has an exclusive option to air a 10-episode sports reality show that will give the winners a shot at competing in the U.S. championships and even going to the 2010 Olympics.

And one aspect that would make this a draw to the button for NBC is a plan to land closet curlers Bruce Springsteen or Jon Bon Jovi as part of the show, assuming the rockers aren't worried what being connected to a sport with brooms might do to their images.

"This show is all about the opportunity to expose American viewers to curling," said Colin Campbell, Canadian president of mktpartners and one of the creators of the show. "We feel there might be some great athletes out there who might develop into good curlers given the chance."
Umm okay? I never thought that Curling and Rock music were of the same vein, but I guess I could be wrong. And Jon Bon Jovi on a reality show??? That would be a hell of a pull.

Rock stars courted for curling reality show (TheStar.com)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 12:58 PM

10 Comments:

The only rock I want to see on NBC is 30 Rock or Chris Rock as the host for SNL.

Amaysing1 said...
Feb 11, 2008, 1:12:00 PM  

I would rather watch curling on tape-delayed, Canadian TV than listen to Joe Buck and Tim McCarver call another baseball game.

Art said...
Feb 11, 2008, 1:42:00 PM  

According to Matt Ausiello of TV Guide, just because the strike is over, don't expect a reduction or rollback in the number of reality programs. They're easier to produce, don't really need writers, and you don't have to pay anyone other than the host(s)/panel.
Also, here's a tentative list of shows and how they will pick up after the strike. One hint: bad news for us "24" fans...

Bruce said...
Feb 11, 2008, 1:48:00 PM  

Nice to see New Jersey representing the sport of curling.

Anonymous said...
Feb 11, 2008, 2:29:00 PM  

yes yes... oh yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...
Feb 11, 2008, 4:34:00 PM  

will it feature those two cute Minnesota curling sisters from the last olympics?

odessasteps said...
Feb 11, 2008, 5:36:00 PM  

To me, "Reality TV" is a giant festering boil on the backside of American culture...However, it remains popular...

I am an American curler...The sport continues to be disparaged in this country by people that have never strapped on a slider and taken the ice...If this show raises the profile of curling here, fantastic...

AA, check out the Potomac Curling Club in Laurel...www.curldc.org...

White Hammer said...
Feb 12, 2008, 9:35:00 AM  

I agree with White Hammer - a show that raises the profile of the sport of Curling will be fantastic! It is a great sport that deserves a chance to be understood by Americans. Can you imagine if some really gifted athletes come forward and take part in this show and do well??? They will capture the attention of the public and mainstream sports media...! Who heard of Carrie Underwood prior to American Idol..? this could be very cool!!

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