On Friday night, ABC is more or less devoting three hours of programming to what is turning out to be the greatest advertisements Niagara Falls has had in years — a daredevil in Nik Wallenda is going to try and cross over the famous natural wonder on a wire … at night. This may very well be one of the craziest things that we have ever heard of a human being trying to do, and it’s all the crazier that it’s being broadcast on live TV. What if the guy plummets to his death on live television — does it go from a daredevil special to a breaking news special overnight?
We’ll be tuning in to see Wallenda’s feat, if for no other reason than that it is event TV on a summer where there really is not that much worth watching, especially on Friday nights. It’s also completely different than anything we’ve seen on TV in a long time. Sure, there are daredevils on “America’s Got Talent,” but not even some of the best of them (such as the guy who got shot out of the cannon or Professor Splash from last season) have done anything this insane.
On paper, everything seems perfect for this to be a night of great TV — that is, if the show was an hour long. We have no clue why there is an hour-long special to lead up to this, and then two hours of the actual event happening. This is longer than going to the movies, or even watching a really long movie at home! At some point in time, you have to wonder whether or not devoting an entire night watching a man try to avoid killing himself is the best form of entertainment out there.
Just in case you want to check out some more insight on this story, check out the video below from back when Wallenda first set a date for this stunt. Do you see this as good TV, or something you are just going to steer clear from in fear of it turning into a disaster?