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Battle of the Network Stars
Format sports competition
Presented by Howard Cosell
with various others (see below)
Country of origin  United States
No. of episodes 19
Production
Running time 120 minutes
Production company(s) Trans World International
ABC Sports
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run November 13, 1976 – December, 1988

Battle of the Network Stars is the name of nineteen U.S. television specials featuring competitions among teams of popular television performers representing the three major broadcast networks at that time: ABC, CBS, and NBC.

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History

The first Battle was broadcast on ABC starting in November 1976, with subsequent episodes airing approximately every six months until May 1985. It returned to the air for a final show in December 1988. It consisted of a two-hour sequence of physical challenges, which were real and sometimes even aggressively competitive. Sports broadcaster Howard Cosell hosted or co-hosted almost all of the specials, and commented on the action with a semi-serious version of the style for which he was famous. NBC tried to revive the show fifteen years after the final "Battle" in 2003 (without Cosell, who had died in 1995) and with only NBC stars for an intra-network contest.[citation needed]

Format

Each team had a captain; they and their fellow teammates were interviewed during the contest, engaging in sometimes earnest and campy discussions about the competition.

Competition includes swimming, kayaking, golf, tennis, cycling, the baseball dunk, running, the obstacle course, and finally the top two scoring teams face off in the tug-of-war.

One regular contest on the program was a game of "Simon Says", directed by Catskill hotel Grossinger's entertainer Lou Goldstein.[1]

1976

Host ABC Team CBS Team NBC Team
Howard Cosell Gabe Kaplan (captain)
Darleen Carr
Lynda Carter
Farrah Fawcett
Richard Hatch
Robert Hegyes
Ron Howard
Hal Linden
Penny Marshall
John Schuck
Telly Savalas (captain)
Adrienne Barbeau
Gary Burghoff
Kevin Dobson
Pat Harrington, Jr.
Bill Macy
Lee Meriwether
Mackenzie Phillips
Loretta Swit
Jimmie Walker
Robert Conrad (captain)
Melissa Sue Anderson
Karen Grassle
Tim Matheson
Ben Murphy
Barbara Parkins
Joanna Pettet
Kevin Tighe
Bobby Troup
Demond Wilson

1977

May

November

1978

May

November

1979

May

November

1980

May

December

1981

May

December

1982

May

December

1983

May

December

1984

May

December

1985

1988

See also

References

  1. ^ SRO Productions

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