Secret Talents of the Stars

2008, TV Show


I was just writing to see if ...

Question: I was just writing to see if another person on God’s earth watched Secret Talents of the Stars. I wonder what the future of reality TV could possibly hold. When we get to the point where George Takei singing “On the Road Again” without any talent, tone or realization of the atrocity he has committed, can we really have any faith in reality TV? As we heard last week on 30 Rock, reality TV seems to be loved by NASCAR Dads, soccer moms and the obese. Watching 30 Rock last week, I wasn't laughing, I was crying at a scary thought: We aren't that far from this. The only show filmed in front of an audience I can stand is Real Time With Bill Maher. I may be disconnected from Middle America, but can we truly be a nation where American Idol is the highest-rated show in the country? These shows will keep being paraded in front of us because they are cheap to make, and we watch. I DVRed Secret Talents because I wanted to see George Takei, and boy was I disappointed. But besides that, I ... read more

ABC Cancels Circus of the Stars

The Alphabet network isn't clowning around. Hot on the heels of CBS' cancellation of Secret Talents of the Stars after only one episode, ABC has decided to scrap its revival of Secret Talent's predecessor, Circus of the Stars. The reasoning behind the move, Variety reports, is ABC's fear that NBC's eerily similar Celebrity Circus — and the wealth of other celeb-based reality shows — would diminish the casting pool and risk making their show under the big top a big flop. NBC, however, is moving forward with its production as planned.Do you think ABC made the right move? Will you watch NBC's celebrity sideshow? How many C-listers can fit into a clown car? — Adam BryantRelated:• Secret's Out! CBS Gives Talent Show the Hook read more

Secret's Out! CBS Gives Talent Show the Hook

George Takei by Cliff Lipson/CBS

Khan shman! See what hell George Takei: Country Crooner hath wrought? CBS has pulled the plug on Secret Talents of the Stars after just a singular Tuesday-night airing, where despite mesmerizing a few of us with the ways Sasha Cohen can contort herself, it drew fewer viewers than Jericho.The resulting scheduling shuffle is as follows: 48 Hours Mystery fills the Tuesdays-at-10 slot for the next two weeks. After that, Shark will air in the slot, with repeats of The Unit airing Tuesdays at 9.I was actually talking with a pal at CBS when this news broke, and she indicated that this would seem to be a positive sign for The Unit's future. Cross your fingers! — MWM read more

Tuesday's Amateur Hours

David Cook by Frank Micelotta/Fox

Midway through George Takei's cheerful yet depressing mauling of a country-music classic last night, I wondered if this is what it would be like to drop acid in Branson, while I was also wondering what a world would be like if so-called stars would be so kind as to keep their hidden talents hidden.No such luck. Look what Dancing with the Stars hath wrought: CBS' cheesy circus of marginal celeb-reality: Secret Talents of the Stars, which premiered Tuesday night as a flat nightcap to a long night of unimpressive reality-show competition. (For Cheers & Jeers' take on this debacle, go here.) Is it wrong of me to think the only truly genuine performance I saw Tuesday night was that adorable 8-year-old couple doing the paso doble as part of the Dancing results-show filler?I’m with Clint Black, who in his affable but instantly forgettable Secret Talents stand-up routine quipped, “You what I can’t stand? These TV shows where people compete and America votes. You know what... read more

Jeers: Stars Dreck: The Next Generation

Sasha Cohen by Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS

Jeers to CBS for jumping on — and falling off — the celeb-competition bandwagon with Secret Talents of the Stars. The Eye network's pathetic entry is hosted by John O'Hurley, but this feels more akin to his work on Family Feud than Dancing with the Stars (not to mention Seinfeld). He introduces contestants like Olympic skater-turned-contortionist Sasha Cohen, who again fails to match the gold-medal standard set by her predecessor, Dancing fave Kristi Yamaguchi. The motley panel of judges features R&B singer Brian McKnight, the unsinkable-until-now Debbie Reynolds and producer/designated hater Gavin Polone (who made a tasteless Brokeback Mountain joke about gay Star Trek vet George Takei that would've made Simon Cowell wince even more than Sulu's "singing"). Note to CBS: Some things should be kept secret.For another take on Secret Talents of the Stars, read the Roush Dispatch.• For more on Dancing with the Stars, check out the new Cheers & Jeers vodcast.•... read more

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Premiered: April 08, 2008, on CBS
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Premise: Sixteen celebrities showcase hidden talents and compete for viewers' votes to determine who possesses the best secret ability.


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