ABC has a new reality TV show that will be premiering on Tuesday, August 18th, at 9/8c. The show is called “Shaq VS,” and will feature NBA all-star Shaquille O’Neal challenging other pro atheletes in competitions for their own sports. Sounds like a pretty interesting premise.
Shaq has actually challenged our very own Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals to a home run challenge next Thursday evening, at the TR Hughes Ballpark where the River City Rascals play. I can’t wait to see how this one turns out.
Watch the Preview Video for “Shaq VS”
From ABC –
When we first heard the idea of Shaq Vs. we were intrigued: NBA Superstar Shaquille O’Neal takes on top athletes head-to-head in THEIR OWN SPORTS. We’re talking world champions and Olympic medalists—that’s chutzpah. That’s talent. That’s a show we’ve got to watch, just because you know everyone will be talking about it.
Each week, we’ll watch as Shaq takes his top-level skills and athletic prowess from the basketball court and transfers it to a brand new sporting event. Does his skill with double pivots or crossover dribbles transfer to the infield or the grid iron? You’ll see Shaq take on Olympic and World Champion Michael Phelps in the swimming pool (will Shaq wear the form-fitting one-piece swimsuit?); throw footballs with Ben Roethlisberger, Super Bowl-winning quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers; hit the courts with reigning U.S. Open, Australian Open and Wimbledon Champion Serena Williams in tennis; throw punches with championship fighter Oscar de la Hoya in boxing; hit the baseball diamond with two-time NL MVP and St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols and get sand in his feet, going against Olympic gold medalists Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor in beach volleyball.
You’ll watch Shaq as both he and his weekly competitors go through rigorous training and pre-game hype with press conferences and interviews all leading up to the big competition. To be fair, of course, Shaq will be able to negotiate a handicap each week and will have a coach giving him tips for each of these challenges.
We say—game on!
Premieres Tuesday, August 18th, 9/8c.