Saturday, April 9, 2016

Battle of the Network Stars

One show I could never get enough of in the late 1970s was BATTLE OF THE NETWORK STARS, a series in which each of the three major TV networks supplied stars as a team to compete in various Olympic style (or more like Field Day, actually) events. I was never into sports but it was so much fun watching the stars of all teb other shows out of character and having fun themselves...even though some such as Robert Conrad seemed to take it all TO seriously. Host Howard Cosell (seen above with team captain Telly Savalas), a polarizing figure in sports announcing, was the closest thing to a star of the series but just about anyone who was anyone in show biz at that time appeared at one time or another.Not sure what channel it's on but I accidentally came across episodes on TV recently so they're still out there even though most folks today wouldn't recognize half the folks who appeared!

Penny Marshall and Bruce (Caitlyn) Jenner.

Ron Howard, Penny Marshall, Telly, and Robert Conrad. (How was Ronny's hairpiece staying on?)

Lynda Carter and Gabe Kaplan

Billy Crystal and Bob Conrad

Farrah Fawcett-Majors and Penny 

Jaclyn Smith

Sonny Bono and Suzie Coehlo

Dan Haggerty

Loretta Swit

Suzanne Somers

Jamie Farr

Gabe Kaplan and Robin Williams

Levar Burton

Mackenzie Phillips and Lance Kerwin

Tom Selleck

William Shatner

Mr. T

Trump supporter Scott Baio with TJ Jooker co-stars Adrian Zmed and Heather Locklear

My wife, Morgan Fairchild. (That's the ticket.)

Captain Kirk as you've never seen him!

Ben Murphy, Heather Thomas and Jill Whelan

Captain Daryl Dragon

Michael J. Fox and Kim Fields

1 comment:

  1. I suppose by now you know that this goofy series occasionally pops up on late night ESPN Classic. BATTLE is a joy just for its pure, unapologetic dumbness. However, it had its moments: Future husband/wife Gregory Harrison and Randi Oakes obviously falling in love on air, and Billy Crystal's brilliant Muhammad Ali/Howard Cosell "interview." Oh, and how Howard loved the ladies! So'70s!