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Celebrities and Circuses Go Hand in Hand for NBC and ABC

Hey, look! Up in the sky! It's someone vaguely famous on a flying trapeze!

ABC and NBC are both looking to air celebrity circuses this year, with stars performing their own versions of classic big top acts. NBC's Celebrity Circus includes professional circus entertainers who will judge the tiger-training, trapeze-flying stars. ABC, meanwhile, is looking to revive the '80s spectacle Circus of the Stars, which featured a host of celebrities including Scott Baio, Jennie Garth, and even Lucille Ball.

I just watched some clips of the original Circus of the Stars, and it's incredibly bizarre; how did I miss this show the first time around? I never thought I'd see Weird Al Yankovic climb one of those tall poles that wobbles in the air or Rebecca Arthur from Perfect Strangers perform a trapeze act, but, well, now I have. NBC's reality TV director has said the circus shows will hook people "like flypaper," and it does seem addictive in that "what will they do next?" kind of way. So, I suppose it's time to start guessing who will appear on this year's circuses. Danny Bonaduce? Tara Reid?

To watch some clips from the old Circus of the Stars, just



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