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ABC to Revive ‘Battle of the Network Stars’

New Version of this Old Classic to Air This Summer

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Remember “Battle of the Network Stars,” hosted by Howard Cosell, which aired sporadically as a series of specials on ABC from 1976 to 1985 and featured then network stars like Heather Locklear, Farrah Fawcett, Gabe Kaplan, Cathy Lee Crosby, Gregory Harrison and Patrick Duffy competing in a series of friendly competitions? ABC is begun casting what will be a new version airing this summer. The alphabet net, of course, is no stranger to summer revivals, with its roster of rebooted game shows – “Celerity Family Feud,” “The Match Game,” “The $100,000 Pyramid” and “To Tell the Truth” – all generating interest. According to a casting announcement, the series will shoot in May.

No stranger to being revived, “Battle of the Network Stars” had its first revival in 1988 and returned briefly on Bravo as “The Battle of the Network Reality Stars” in 2005.