As if celebrity reality TV shows weren't completely out of hand already, TMZ has uncovered some crazy new shows in the pipeline.
If you're tired of watching celebrities learn how to dance and skate, then maybe NBC's rumored new offering, 'Fencing With Famous People,' will get you excited. Stars could soon be engaging in one-on-one sword fighting covered completely from head to toe in unattractive white protective gear.
It's amusing that a network would want to produce a show and fill it with celebrity faces, and then cover them up with ugly bug-looking facemasks. But if the show could potentially pull NBC out of their current fourth place standing, then by all means, they should go for it.
We all know what a huge hit 'But Can They Sing?' was on VH1, and how fast it sang its way right off the air. Now NBC has decided to recreate the magic with 'I'm A Celebrity, But I Want To Be A Pop Star,' a new original series that lets stars yodel and cackle for a few months until earplugs become a fashion statement. The series will showcase celebrities from outside the music industry perform their sweet music in front of a studio audience. It will include all the other clichés that go along with a singing show: judges, audience voting, bad singing and live performances.
CBS wants to get in on the action. TMZ has learned that Fremantle and Granada (who produced 'I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here') are working together to recreate a U.K. television series called 'Game Show Marathon,' which will feature famous faces playing games such as 'Match Game,' 'Card Sharks' and 'What's My Line?'. Now if only 'Spin the Bottle' would make an appearance, it might be interesting.
If ABC doesn't think they've had enough success with 'Dancing With The Stars,' they tossed around the idea of producing 'Cooking With Celebrities.' This would have been an 'Iron Chef'-type show with famous names. But they decided to can the idea once they realized how lame it was. Lucky us.
Celebrity reality TV knockoffs will continue until there is no money left to be made. And we shall all continue to sit here and eagerly await the train wrecks to unfold. If any other amusing rip-offs surface, TMZ will be sure to inform you.