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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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helloanyone helloanyone 9 years
I know! This show shouldnt be too bad. No one has to lose weight or live with anyone for weeks at a time, so it shouldnt be like the other stupid ass shows. besides, everyone loves the circus. and if they dont, they've never been to a good one premiere on wednesday at 930 i think?
askmetostay askmetostay 9 years
i LOOOVED circus of the stars when i was a kid....because it always had at least one or 2 actors from my favorite kid/teen shows!! i'll definitely tune in this time around.
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 9 years
The low life celebs always proform at these things.
poom poom 9 years
as long as there are no animals involved - most circuses = hell for them.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 9 years
I can't pretend I'm above watching C&D list celebs... I'm watching a dvred episode of real world/road rules challenge. :P But I don't know that I'm interested in seeing them do circusy stuff. :\
RobinFabulous RobinFabulous 9 years
I loved Circus of the stars when I was little! I hope they bring it back!
koffeekat koffeekat 9 years
I like it!!! I'd watch it.
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 9 years
Circus of the Stars sounds like it was pretty cool! Way before my time, though. I don't think they'll have really big-name celebs doing circus tricks where they could get seriously hurt. Watching C and D-list celebs won't be too interesting, but the idea is very good.
audreystar audreystar 9 years
i freakin loved circus with the stars and i am a little excited to hear something new coming out. :rotfl: :nerdgirl:
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