Circus of the Stars

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Not to be confused with Celebrity Circus (disambiguation).
Circus of the Stars
Genre Variety show
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 19
Production
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 45–48 minutes
Release
Original network CBS
Picture format NTSC
Audio format Monaural
Original release January 10, 1977 (1977-01-10) – December 16, 1994 (1994-12-16)

Circus of the Stars is an annual television special, broadcast by the CBS network in the United States, in which celebrities performed circus-type acts. There were 19 shows in total, the first being broadcast in 1977 and the last in 1994.[1] Over the years the series featured many leading movie and television stars.

Towards the end of its life the program title was changed slightly. In 1992 it was Circus of the Stars and Sideshow, in 1993 it became Circus of the Stars Gives Kids the World and in 1994 it was Circus of the Stars Goes to Disneyland. The concept has been emulated in other countries, notably Stars in der Manege (1959-2008) in Germany.[2]

Other versions and variations[edit]

The concept of celebrities turning their hand to circus acts has proved attractive to program makers around the world. The German show Stars in der Manege began in 1959 and continued annually as a charity fundraising special until 2008. It was made each winter in the Circus Krone Building in Munich and broadcast on or around Boxing Day.[3]

Production company Endemol has developed a reality TV format called Celebrity Circus, which takes stars from fields such as entertainment and sport and shows them being trained in circus acts over a period of weeks. A version aired in Australia in 2005 and there was a Portuguese version in 2006. A British version was mooted and there were announcements that NBC had picked up the format for the American market in 2008. The magazine Variety reported that ABC might be looking to relaunch Circus of the Stars while CBS and Fox are interested in circus concepts as well.[4]

List of celebrities who appeared on Circus of the Stars[edit]

The following list illustrates the range and status of celebrities who appeared on Circus of the Stars over the course of its original run. The list is compiled mainly from entries at the Internet Movie Database verified in many cases through material from official biographies and fansites.

Original transmission details[edit]

  • Circus of the Stars: January 10, 1977
  • Circus of the Stars #2: December 5, 1977
  • Circus of the Stars #3: December 8, 1978
  • Circus of the Stars #4: December 16, 1979
  • Circus of the Stars #5: December 14, 1980
  • Circus of the Stars #6: December 13, 1981
  • Circus of the Stars #7: December 5, 1982
  • Circus of the Stars #8: December 18, 1983
  • Circus of the Stars #9: December 2, 1984
  • Circus of the Stars #10: December 8, 1985
  • Circus of the Stars #11: December 9, 1986
  • Circus of the Stars #12: December 15, 1987
  • Circus of the Stars #13: November 25, 1988
  • Circus of the Stars #14: November 22, 1989
  • Circus of the Stars #15: November 21, 1990
  • Circus of the Stars #16: November 29, 1991
  • Circus of the Stars and Sideshow: November 27, 1992
  • Circus of the Stars Gives Kids the World: November 26, 1993
  • Circus of the Stars Goes to Disneyland: December 16, 1994

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IMDb Title Search "Circus of the Stars"". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved March 27, 2007. 
  2. ^ "'"Stars in der Manege:" Schluss der Vorstellung'". Fokus Magazin online. Retrieved June 12, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Vier Jahrzehnte Zirkuszauber (trans: Four decades of circus shows)". BR-online. Retrieved June 1, 2008. [dead link]
  4. ^ "NBC Runs Off to the 'Circus'". zap2it.com. Retrieved February 7, 2008. 
  5. ^ Appeared together with her mother Lee Meriwether
  6. ^ Credited as Melissa Anderson
  7. ^ a.k.a. Rebecca Arthur / Rebekah Arthur
  8. ^ "Kristy McNichol on TV". J Wilson. Retrieved November 21, 2007. 

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