The Dish: Howard Cosell, Kit Harrington, David Backes and more...
ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED? Bust out the fondue pot, because there’s some cheesy goodness heading our way. ABC is prepping to add “Battle of the Network Stars” to its roster of prime-time game-show revivals.
Variety reports that the network is developing a rebooted version of the ’70s and ’80s television classic, a term we use loosely, which pitted teams of TV stars against one another in athletic competitions. The series will shoot in May, and will feature stars from across multiple TV genres competing to raise money for charity.
The original “Battle of the Network Stars” aired on ABC from 1976 to 1985 and featured teams representing ABC, CBS, and NBC competing in events such as kayaking, golf, three-on-three football and tug of war. The show was hosted for most of its run by Howard Cosell.
Among the co-hosts and competitors over the years were Ron Howard, Penny Marshall, Bruce Jenner, O.J. Simpson, Rob Reiner, LeVar Burton, Billy Crystal, David Letterman, Tony Randall, Robin Williams, Dick Van Dyke, Lynn Redgrave, Tom Selleck, William Shatner and Michael J. Fox.
SMELLS LIKE VICTORY: Kit Harrington, aka Jon Snow, aka King of the North on “Game of Thrones,” is the new face of Dolce & Gabbana’s fragrance line, The One for Men. According to HollywoodLife, the launch hits in September.
WELCOME: Bruins center David Backes had nice things to say about fellow Minnesotan and new forward Drew Stafford in an interview the team posted on Twitter. Backes talked about crossing paths with Stafford while playing in high school, and said he’s “Looking forward to having him on my team.” It’s the Brotherhood of the Hotdish.
OUT AND ABOUT: Boxing champ Floyd Mayweather dined at STRIP by Strega Wednesday night, catching the Celtics vs. Cavaliers game earlier in the evening.