The idea of a "sports reality show" seems redundant - after all, aren't sports the original reality TV? However, it's clear that being in the spotlight on game day isn't enough for many athletes. Going well beyond the anticipated antics of "T.Ocho
," jocks are hitting the airwaves with concepts ranging from finding their next girlfriend
to uncovering new ways to fling
themselves into the air. So, we thought we'd showcase some upcoming sports reality shows that may justify sitting on the couch for hours once football season ends.
Being Terry Kennedy
: Born-to-ride pro skateboarder Terry Kennedy
is (finally) getting his own reality show. If you've ever seen the old Baker Skateboards footage
of TK, you know that his personality and practical jokes have always been on par with his effortless, yet aggressive, skating style. Kennedy is known not only for his lack of fear on a board, but also for his entrepreneurial spirit, so it makes sense that the show, on BET
, debuts alongside his clothing line and the opening of the Watts skate park
that he helped make happen. Unlike most sports reality shows, with Being Terry Kennedy, there's neither a game show feel nor a search for "true love." Instead, TK lets his charismatic personality, hard skating, and in-your-face energy carry the show.
, also known as "free running," conjures a wide spectrum of associations among those familiar with the sport. From the exhilarating opening scene of Casino Royale
to Michael and Dwight's antics on The Office
, what started as a subcultural trend at the turn of the 21st century in the suburbs of Paris has since been appropriated as a dramatic device. In the latest incarnation of Parkour going Hollywood, Parkour pros from around the world congregated in Seattle to shoot the first ever official Parkour reality show, for G4
. From what we've seen of the sport, it sometimes feels like a bunch of dudes with too much martial arts training who never outgrew playing Spider-Man. (Either that or they're taking this whole zombie survival
thing way too seriously.) Regardless, it should be fun to watch wannabe Ninjas backflip
down a flight of stairs.