Splash ABC

For all you reality TV lovers out there, ABC debuted a soggy addition to their Tuesday night line up with the new series Splash. The premise is a simple one — celebrities diving from Olympic style diving boards and platforms. The words “celebrity” and “diving” are used pretty loosely here. Halle Berry and George Clooney weren’t lining up poolside waiting to perform a synchronized reverse one and a half somersault.

The celebs who were present certainly gave a valiant effort. The slate was led by Keshia Knight Pulliam (Rudy Cosby). Keshia managed to perform a shaky handstand into a dive. King-sized comedian Louie Anderson pulled off a pretty basic swan dive from the 23-ft platform. You may remember Katherine Webb, the beauty queen that received inappropriate praise from Brent Musburger during the BCS national championship game. Katherine attempted a backwards flip in to the pool from 16 feet but fell and landed awkwardly on her feet and rear end. Extreme Skier Rory Bushfield was easily and understandably the best diver of the night. Rory launched off the 10 meter platform into an impressive double flip with a twist. NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar finally gave the audience (and producers) the terrible dive we had all been waiting for. Kareem landed directly on his face in an epic belly flop off of the 3 meter springboard.

The two judges were US diver David Boudia and Australian diver Steve Foley. I was hoping for a good cop/bad cop routine from them, instead their feedback was actually very complimentary. Watching terrible dives was far more entertaining than I anticipated. Turns out that watching famous people perform awful or even painful dives is more than enough to get a laugh out of me. The cuts to training were definitely a highlight of the hour. Hands down my favorite part was the scene when Louie Anderson was unable to get out of the pool on his own. Coaches and other contestants had to team up to push and pull Louie to dry land. This mighty struggle had me howling, poor Louie looked like a giant manatee being rescued by marine biologists.

Overall, I found the show slow but mildly entertaining. Next week we’ll see Playmate Kendra Wilkinson, TV star Drake Bell, Chuy Bravo, NFL sensation Ndamukong Suh and former Baywatch heart throb Nicole Eggert. I’m a big Detroit Lions fan so they had me at Ndamukong. Another opportunity to catch Nicole Eggert in a swimsuit doesn’t hurt either.

Splash airs on Tuesdays at 8pm on ABC.

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