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ABC Announces 100 Participating Celebrities for the Reboot of ‘Battle of the Network Stars’

With a focus on nostalgia versus current television, stars from yesteryear from “The Brady Bunch,” “The Love Boat,” “CHiPs,” “Dallas,” “Knots Landing” and “Beverly Hills, 90210,” among others, will be competing against cast members from shows like “Modern Family,” “Scandal,” “The Goldbergs” and “Pretty Little Liars” on the return of “Battle of the Network Stars” on ABC. The competitors will include Barry Williams (“The Brady Bunch”), “The Love Boat” stars Jill Whelan and Ted Lange, Charlene Tilton (“Dallas”), Donna Mills (“Knots Landing”), Anson Williams (“Happy Days”), Fred Dryer (“Hunter”), Erik Estrada and Larry Wilcox from “CHiPs,” Ian Ziering and Gabrielle Carteris from “Beverly Hills, 90210,” Jimmie Walker (“Good Times”), Jason Hervey (“The Wonder Years), Tracey Gold (“Growing Pains”), Willie Aames (“Eight is Enough”) and “The Partridge Family” star Danny Bonaduce.

The 10-episode season, which opens on Thursday, June 29 at 9 p.m. ET, will pit teams of current and classic TV stars from multiple eras and different genres against one another in a variety of athletic games, like Tug of War, Archery, Kayak Relay, Obstacle Course, and Dunk Tank.

Here are the 20 teams competing:

TV Sitcoms (Bronson Pinchot, Tom Arnold, Dave Coulier, AJ Michalka, Tracey Gold)
vs. TV Kids (Joey Lawrence, Corbin Bleu, Nolan Gould, Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields)

Primetime Soaps (Ian Ziering, Josh Henderson, Gabrielle Carteris, *Donna Mills, Mischa Barton)
vs. ABC Stars (Olivia d’Abo, Shari Belafonte, Michael Fishman, Jason Hervey, Anson Williams)

Variety (Joanna Krupa, Nick Lachey, Vanessa Lachey, Gilles Marini, Jack Osbourne)
vs. TV Sex Symbols (Keegan Allen, Traci Bingham, Rosa Blasi, Brant Daugherty, Galen Gering)

Cops (Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox, Kelly Hu, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, Lorenzo Lamas)
vs. TV Sitcoms (Todd Bridges, Leigh-Allyn Baker, Dave Foley, Willie Garson, Jenna von Oy)

White House (Cornelius Smith Jr., Marlee Matlin, Joshua Malina, LaMonica Garrett, Mary McCormack)vs. Lawyers (Elisabeth Rohm, Corbin Bernsen, Matt McGorry, Romi Dias, Catherine Bell)

TV Moms & Dads (Chad Lowe, Greg Evigan, Ted McGinley, Lesley Fera, Jackee Harry)
vs. TV Kids (Jimmie Walker, Mackenzie Phillips, Jonathan Lipnicki, Krista Marie Yu, Jeremy Miller)

Famous TV Families (Danny Bonaduce, Barry Williams, Beverley Mitchell, Willie Aames, Charlene Tilton) vs. Doctors (Thomas Calabro, Taye Diggs, Rachelle Lefevre, *Deidre Hall, Benjamin Hollingsworth)

Troublemakers (Vivica A. Fox, Paul Johansson, John Barrowman, Julie Benz, Catherine Bach)
vs. TV Lifeguards (David Chokachi, Brande Roderick, Parker Stevenson, Nicole Eggert, Gena Lee Nolin)

ABC Stars (Ted Lange, Troy Gentile, Jill Whelan, Denise Richards, Joely Fisher)
vs. Variety (Lance Bass, Joey Fatone, Adrienne Houghton, Cameron Mathison, Kelly Osbourne)

Cops (Marisol Nichols, Roma Maffia, Adrian Zmed, Fred Dryer, Ryan Paevey)
vs. Sci-Fi Fantasy (Lou Ferrigno, Vinnie Jones, Charisma Carpenter, Kevin Sorbo, Jill Wagner)

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. I noticed that both Donna Mills and Diedre Hall were indicated with *. Is there any significance to that?

  2. Not bad, but I was hoping for current network stars…from other networks too, competing with their current cast members. Plus I heard the cast of The Office was booked, but there is no mention of it here.

    • Same here but I expected it but I’m holding out hope that if BOTNS makes it to season two that the other four networks will start to add their teams to the competition. I think ABC was creative enough with the nostalgia approach this year as the casting was outstanding until they can negotiate with the other networks heading into next season to bring the network vs. network format back to the show.

  3. The casting for this was stellar as I’m looking forward to this even more now mainly due to the fact that this was the perfect casting job for the show as I wasn’t expecting this many TV legends to be on the show. They have created the ultimately TV nostalgia platform for people to catch interest in how their favorite past TV stars are doing and looking. Since this is a sports competition this makes the casting all the more interesting as there’s some good matchups here and another nod to the producers and owners of the format to get creative and come up with teams like these based on these actors TV characters. Originally I did want them to stick with the network vs. network format but I like what they did with this better.

    Now if the show is blessed enough to see a second season which I think it will I can’t see this failing honestly I want to see the network vs. network format comeback to showcase today’s current stars. Like they can keep this current format but have some episodes where we can see CBS, NBC, FOX, and CW use their stars and compete. I think they should negotiate with those networks and try to bring them in the next season.

    Overall though this was great I am so looking forward to all of these matchups so I’ll be watching all 10 episodes for sure but which matchup will lead-off the very first episode?

  4. My favorite team on here might be the TV Kids mainly because of The Facts of Life stars Lisa and Kim but I’m telling you I am hoping Mischa Barton does well on here because she’s had such a rough career and I hated how she fared on Dancing with the Stars last spring so hopefully she’s better on this.