Let's just say I wasn't exactly thrilled when NBC announced it planned to take up part of its Summer programming block with Celebrity Family Feud. Combining a game show whose best years were a few decades behind it with yet another set of pseudo-celebs embarrassing themselves on national TV (see also: Celebrity Circus) sounded like a recipe for utter disaster.
But then NBC announced the list of participating "families" for the show this week, and — well, maybe it's the Summer heat going to my head, but I think this could be pretty funny in the "reality TV trainwreck you can't stop watching" sort of way.
I mean, I simply have to watch the episode where the accounting nerds of The Office take on the muscle-bound warriors of American Gladiators. The Hatfield vs. McCoy-style battle between two factions of the My Name is Earl cast — the Hickeys vs. the Camden County All-Stars — could be pretty great, too. And there's just a certain amount of curiosity that comes with hearing Ice T's clan will be taking on Joan and Melissa Rivers . . . or that Vincent "Big Pussy" Pastore will be feuding with the cast of The Girls Next Door.
Granted, they're not all great (I could do without the Bill Engvall vs. Larry the Cable Guy matchup, though admittedly I'm not in their demographic, and they kind of missed a chance to woo sports fans by having both Tiki Barber and Deion Sanders on the show but not competing against each other). But overall, it's already more than I was expecting from this show. And hey, it's for charity. The show will premiere July 1. What do you think? Do you sense the potential hilarity here?