When Fox last week greenlighted Stars In Danger: High Diving, a two-hour reality special/backdoor pilot for celebrity diving competition to air during the upcoming holidays, it was unclear whether ABC would proceed with their very similar straight-to-series project Celebrity Splash, which is not slated to premiere until next year, after the rival Fox show.
ABC put speculation to rest today, booking its first piece of talent for Celebrity Splash, four-time Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis, who will serve as a judge. The series, produced by Eyeworks USA, will feature celebrities performing dives from heights of up to 10 meters, increasing in difficulty each week. A professional diving instructor will train each celebrity for several weeks leading up to the competition. Louganis will serve as one of three judges who will rate the dives.
This is the latest example of Fox jumping ahead of ABC with shows that have concepts similar to ABC series, like Nanny 911 vs. ABC’s Supernanny and Trading Spouses vs. Wife Swap.