Excited to see the return of Battle of the Network Stars? The over-the-top network staple is now back from the dead, and premiering on ABC on June 29 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern.
Today, what we’ve got for you are the official lists of contestants taking part — remember that the captains for the show are DeMarcus Ware and Ronda Rousey, so there is some serious star power here from the jump.
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)
Remember here that many of these people are no stranger to reality TV — Gold, Bleu, Lawrence, Whelchel, and Fields, have appeared on other shows within the genre.
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)
Ziering should prove very useful in the event that there are any challenges involving taking down a Sharknado.
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)
Interesting that there are multiple Pretty Little Liars actors in the “TV sex symbols.” Also, is the “Variety” category simply the “we don’t know what we’re doing” category?
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)
Wait, is Sex and the City (which Garson is famous for) really a sitcom?
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)
This entire battle feels like a season of Scandal, though there is a part of us that thinks that cops vs. lawyers would’ve been just as good of a showdown.
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)
Probably the most inspired of all of the categories, even if we haven’t heard some of these names in years.
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)
Okay, with the “Famous TV Families” category the show is really grasping at straws now…
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)
The presence of Barrowman and Benz alone likely means that this will be the most entertaining of the showdowns.
ABC Stars (Ted Lange, Troy Gentile, Jill Whelan, Denise Richards, Joely Fisher) vs. Variety (Lance Bass, Joey Fatone, Adrienne Houghton, Cameron Mathison, Kelly Osbourne)
Basically, it’s ABC stars versus 40% of N’Sync.
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)
More cops? Clearly, they are going to lose to Sci-Fi/Fantasy because they have Hercules and Kate Argent on their time.
What do you think about the stars taking part in Battle of the Network Stars this year? Share in the comments! (Photo: ABC.)