Past and present daytime actors go head to head with their television peers.
Updated August 22: "The Young and the Restless" actress Catherine Bach's (Anita Lawson) episode "Troublemakers vs. TV Lifeguards" will air on Thursday September 7. Former soap actors also featured in the season finale, and on Bach's Troublemakers team, include Vivica A. Fox ("Days'" Carmen Silva, "Generations'" Maya Reubens, "Y&R's" Stephanie Simmons) and Paul Johansson ("Santa Barbara's Greg Hughes). The two-hour season finale, beginning at 8:00 PM, will also feature "Days of our Lives'" Deidre Hall's (Marlena) episode "Doctors vs. Famous TV Families," as previously reported below.
On July 31 Soaps.com learned that "GH" actor Ryan Paevey (Nathan) will appear in the Thursday August 17 episode titled "Cops vs. Sci-Fi/Fantasy" at 9:00 PM.
July 10 we reported that "Days of our Lives'" Deidre Hall's (Marlena) episode "Doctors vs. Famous TV Families" would air on Thursday July 27. However, the episode has been tentatively changed to Thursday September 7 at 8:00 PM. “The Young and the Restless’” Corbin Bernsen (Father Todd Williams) appeared in the Thursday July 13 episode titled “White House vs. Lawyers.”
On June 27 Soaps.com reported that Galen Gering and Brant Daugherty's episode would air on Thursday July 6. Gering posted a fun photo of him and coach Ronda Rousey on Instagram. Watch as Gering and the others on his team compete.
TV's sex symbols are not afraid to show off! pic.twitter.com/9pV8f1CCHn
— Battle Network Stars (@NetworkStarsABC) July 8, 2017
You know things are getting serious when the jacket comes off. pic.twitter.com/gbB1ot67iV
— Battle Network Stars (@NetworkStarsABC) July 7, 2017
On June 12, Soaps.com announced that on Thursday June 29 at 9:00 PM ABC is relaunching the ‘70s and ‘80s television pop-culture classic “Battle of the Network Stars” for a special ten-episode summer event. Teams of classic and current television stars will compete in various athletic games, including a fresh take on the show’s favorite events like Tug o’ War, the Obstacle Course and the Dunk Tank.
In the original series, all three major networks (ABC, CBS, NBC) competed in physical challenges that were aired on ABC for 13 years beginning in 1976. All but one episode was hosted by legendary sports broadcaster Howard Cosell. The 2017 hosts will be ESPN’s Mike Greenberg and Joe Tessitore with ESPN’s sideline reporters Cassidy Hubbarth and Cari Champion and Super Bowl 50 winner DeMarcus Ware and MMA fighter, Olympian Ronda Rousey as team captains.
Here are the 20 teams:
TV Sitcoms: Bronson Pinchot, Tom Arnold, Dave Coulier, AJ Michalka and Tracey Gold.
TV Kids: Joey Lawrence, Corbin Bleu (“One Life to Live,” Jeffery King), Nolan Gould, Lisa Whelchel and Kim Fields.
Primetime Soaps: Ian Ziering (“Guiding Light,” Cameron Stewart; “The Doctors,” Erich Aldrich), Josh Henderson, Gabrielle Carteris, Donna Mills (“General Hospital,” Madeline Reeves) and Mischa Barton.
ABC Stars: Olivia d’Abo, Shari Belafonte ("General Hospital," Janice Lomax), Michael Fishman, Jason Hervey and Anson Williams.
Variety: Joanna Krupa, Nick Lachey, Vanessa Lachey, Gilles Marini and Jack Osbourne.
TV Sex Symbols: Keegan Allen, Traci Bingham, Rosa Blasi, Brant Daugherty ("Days," Brian) and Galen Gering (“Days of our Lives,” Rafe Hernandez).
Cops: Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox, Kelly Hu, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe and Lorenzo Lamas (“The Bold and the Beautiful,” Hector Ramirez).
TV Sitcoms: Todd Bridges, Leigh-Allyn Baker, Dave Foley, Willie Garson and Jenna von Oy.
White House: Cornelius Smith Jr. (“All My Children,” Frankie Hubbard), Marlee Matlin, Joshua Malina, LaMonica Garrett and Mary McCormack.
Lawyers: Elisabeth Rohm (“One Life to Live,” Dorothy Hayes), Corbin Bernsen (“The Young and the Restless,” Father Todd Williams), Matt McGorry, Romi Dias and Catherine Bell.
TV Moms & Dads: Chad Lowe, Greg Evigan, Ted McGinley, Lesley Fera and Jackee Harry.
TV Kids: Jimmie Walker, Mackenzie Phillips, Jonathan Lipnicki, Krista Marie Yu and Jeremy Miller.
Famous TV Families: Danny Bonaduce, Barry Williams, Beverley Mitchell, Willie Aames (“The Edge of Night,” Robbie Hamlin) and Charlene Tilton.
Doctors: Thomas Calabro, Taye Diggs ("Guiding Light," Adrian Sugar Hill), Rachelle Lefevre, Deidre Hall (“Days of our Lives,” Marlena Evans) and Benjamin Hollingsworth.
Troublemakers: Vivica A. Fox (“The Young and the Restless,” Stephanie Simmons; “Days,” Carmen Silva), Paul Johansson (“Santa Barbara,” Greg Hughes), John Barrowman, Julie Benz and Catherine Bach (“The Young and the Restless,” Anita Lawson).
TV Lifeguards: David Chokachi, Brande Roderick, Parker Stevenson, Nicole Eggert and Gena Lee Nolin.
ABC Stars: Ted Lange, Troy Gentile, Jill Whelan, Denise Richards and Joely Fisher.
Variety: Lance Bass, Joey Fatone, Adrienne Houghton, Cameron Mathison (“All My Children,” Ryan Lavery) and Kelly Osbourne.
Cops: Marisol Nichols, Roma Maffia, Adrian Zmed, Fred Dryer and Ryan Paevey (“General Hospital,” Nathan West).
Sci-Fi Fantasy: Lou Ferrigno, Vinnie Jones, Charisma Carpenter, Kevin Sorbo and Jill Wagner.
The premiere episode battle will be between TV Sitcoms vs. TV Kids and all other teams listed will follow Thursdays at 9:00 PM.
Had no idea this bad ass with a heart of gold was gonna be our coach till she was staring me face to face. So you can imagine my surprise when Ronda was suddenly rallying us together and dropping knowledge to inspire our squad. Thanks again for a great day! You're truly an inspiring leader. Watch of do our thing on #battleofthenetworkstars july 6th. @rondarousey #networkstars
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- Amy Mistretta