[04/16/08 - 05:55 PM] Development Update: Wednesday, April 16 Updates include: ABC passes on its "Circus of the Stars" revival; Jennie Garth is no longer "My Best Friend's Girl" at CBS; and Jerry O'Connell heads to FOX's "The Inn."
ADDITIONAL NOTES: confirmed as canceled on 3/12/09
DESCRIPTION: (from NBC's web site, September 2008) "Celebrity Circus" is an exciting new series that immerses today's top stars in the breathtaking world of the circus and cirque. Antonio Sabato Jr., Blu Cantrell, Christopher Knight, Janet Evans, Wee Man, Rachel Hunter and Stacey Dash will attempt death-defying stunts in a head-to-head competition in front of a live studio audience. Each week viewers at home will cast their votes for the best acts and determine which of the celebrities is going home. Hosted by former *NSYNC member and Emmy Red Carpet host Joey Fatone, "Celebrity Circus" brings the incredible world of the Big Top into America's living rooms, beginning with a special 90 minute premiere on Wednesday, June 11 at 9:30 P.M. ET. Guided by top experts in specialties like High Wire, Fire Dancing, Hand Balancing, Flying Trapeze, Chinese Poles, Aerial Silks, and the Wheel of Death, the stars will have eight weeks to train and perfect their acts. Then, in a stunning and magical circus environment, they will showcase their amazing skills for America. To perform at their best, they will have to go beyond anything they have done before, pushing their bodies and minds to the limits. The stars will be joined on stage by the experts who trained them to create rich, multi-dimensional acts. Viewers can expect jaw-dropping performances and inspirational stories as the competition unfolds. "Celebrity Circus" will follow the entire journey from the stars' first terrifying climb up the high wire ladder to the last nerve-wracking rehearsal. Then our celebrities will put it all on the line, performing in our studio "big top" in front of a live audience. After each performance the competitors will face our judges, experts from the circus world, who will pull no punches in their assessment of the acts. But in the end, it's up to America's votes to determine who will be the winner of "Celebrity Circus." With stunning visuals, dramatic stories, and breathtaking stunts, "Celebrity Circus" brings the incredible world of the Big Top into America's living rooms. Celebrity Circus is produced by Endemol USA, the Emmy Award-winning company behind "Deal or No Deal," "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," "Big Brother," and "Fear Factor." Matt Kunitz ("Fear Factor") and Rick Ringbakk ("The Amazing Race") serve as executive producers.