Dream shows featuring league personalities and more
Posted: Thursday January 18, 2007 5:57PM; Updated: Friday January 19, 2007 10:32AM
Would you tune into a TV show featuring Russian model Masha Lopatova and her husband, Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko?
NBA stars are not strangers to the small screen -- just turn on SportsCenter and you'll find your favorite superstar in action. But for some players, an appearance on the highlight reel isn't enough.
In an effort to jump-start their post-NBA broadcast careers, Stephon Marbury and Paul Pierce will be hosting their own shows. Marbury's talk show, Stars on Stars, will debut on Fox Sports Net in March and, according to Marbury, promises to be not so much a straight one-on-one interview but rather a "conversation between two people who happen to be stars, talking about our experiences growing up and as far as every-day life."
Pierce, meanwhile, will make four appearances as co-host of New England Sports Tonight, a nightly wrap-up show on Fox Sports New England. Though Pierce won't host the show alone, he will interview guests and take questions from the hosts during the "Nothing but the Truth" segment.
Whether or not those shows pan out, the very idea of NBA stars entering the TV realm is nothing new. Everyone from Shaquille O'Neal to Reggie Miller to Magic Johnson has taken a shot in front of the television cameras, but none of the shows has captivated the American audience like American Idol or Grey's Anatomy.
The idea of NBA stars moving to the small screen isn't a bad one; it's just the execution that has been below par. So if any network executives are reading, here are three ideas for shows that have "Appointment TV" written all over them:
The Andrei and Masha Hour: Who are Andrei and Marsha? Andrei is Andrei Kirilenko, the Jazz's lanky forward, and Masha is, of course, Masha Lopatova, a Russian pop star who admitted to giving her husband an "allowance" of one night per year with another woman. The show would take the form of a late-night talk show and feature interviews with various European NBA players, pop stars and a segment where Masha tries to find the right girl for her husband's "allowance." The set would mimic a lounge with mood lighting, velvet couches and lots of cigarette smoke as Utah's favorite couple tries to bring the vibe of Moscow to Salt Lake City.
Real World: Carmelo: Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony is one of the nation's most intriguing athletes. One day, he's donating $1.5 million to a Baltimore youth center, and the next he's appearing in a underground DVD about the life of a drug dealer. From a distance, it looks like 'Melo is struggling with the good angel/bad angel conflict. So why not bring that struggle to the small screen? In Real World: Carmelo, Anthony would share a house with six others. Three of the housemates would be the bad angels -- his boys from Baltimore -- while the other three (the good angels) would be his church pastor, high school coach and mother. Watch as tensions rise during the ongoing battle for control of 'Melo.
Set Up By Sam: There are some NBA players who can boast of both good looks and a commanding grasp of the English language. Sam Cassell isn't one of them, which is why he'd be perfect as host of a dating show. The premise is simple: an NBA player goes on a date with three different women with Cassell serving as chaperone. At the end of the date, Cassell (not the other player) picks which girl is the best match.