Secret Talents of the Stars

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Secret Talents of the Stars is an extremely short-lived CBS reality/game show, where celebrities competed against each other in a tournament-like format in areas that differed from their normal professions, like singing, dancing, and acrobatics. Viewers were to vote on the most talented celebrity. The show premiered on April 8, 2008, but was canceled the following day due to low ratings, making it one of the few series to be canceled after one episode.


While the contestants' performances were critiqued by the show's judging panel of Debbie Reynolds, Brian McKnight, and Gavin Polone, the real stars were the home viewers, who were to vote online during each episode to determine which two celebrities stayed in the competition and which two were sent home. Voting was open only during the initial live broadcast to the Eastern and Central time zones as the results were to be announced at the end of each episode.

Secret Talents of the Stars was to follow a seven-week, tournament-style broadcast format.

Four acts were to each perform during both the show's live broadcasts on April 8 and 15, with home viewer votes determining two semifinalists from each of those episodes. Those four semifinalists would then have performed during a live broadcast on April 22, after which home viewer votes would determine the show's first two finalists.

Four more acts were to each perform during both the show's live broadcasts on April 29 and May 6, with home viewer votes determining two semifinalists from each of those episodes. Those four semifinalists would have then performed during a live broadcast on May 13, after which home viewer votes would determine the show's second two finalists.

The live finale broadcast would have aired on May 22, with all sixteen contestants appearing together, and the four finalists competing one last time for home viewers"?who would have been able to vote during the broadcast. The winner would be revealed at the finale's conclusion and then perform the winning entry one last time. But because of the show's cancellation, there were, of course, no results or winner.

CBS ordered Secret Talents of the Stars in January. The show was produced by Magic Molehill Productions, Inc., in association with Robyn Nash Productions and Don Weiner Productions. Robyn Nash and Don Weiner served as executive producers.


Participants in the show, as well as the "secret talents" they would be performing, include:

  • Clint Black, country singer-songwriter - performing stand-up comedy;
  • Danny Bonaduce, former child actor - maneuvering a unicycle with members of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus;
  • Sasha Cohen, Olympic figure skater - performing with the New Shanghai Circus, a Chinese acrobat troupe;
  • Ric Flair, former professional wrestler - salsa dancing;
  • Joe Frazier, former professional boxer - singing R&B;
  • Roy Jones, Jr., professional boxer - rapping;
  • Marla Maples, ex-wife of Donald Trump and co-host of The Ex-Wives Club, doing a gymnastics routine with The Anti-Gravity Troupe;
  • Cindy Margolis, actress and model - performing magic;
  • Bridget Marquardt, actress and model - performing trapeze with the former masters of Cirque du Soleil;
  • Jo Dee Messina, country singer-songwriter - performing a hip-hop meets step-dancing routine;
  • Joshua Morrow, The Young and the Restless actor - performing a rock-n-roll juggling routine with Marcus Monroe;
  • Mưa, actress and singer - tap dancing;
  • Sheila E., musician and former judge on The Next Great American Band - juggling with The Flying Karamazov Brothers;
  • Ben Stein, comedian, attorney and commentator - dancing the jitterbug;
  • George Takei, former Star Trek actor - crooning as a country singer; and
  • Malcolm-Jamal Warner, former Cosby Show actor - performing an original song on bass guitar as part of a hip hop orchestra.


During the April 8, 2008, episode, the only one that managed to air, the judges uniformly expressed their preference for the performances of Mưa and Clint Black. However, the audience votes advanced Sasha Cohen and Clint Black while sending Mưa and George Takei home.

After Takei performed, Polone joked that he looked like one of the main characters in Brokeback Mountain, the Oscar-nominated film about two gay cowboys. Takei mustered a smile during the live broadcast, but in a later interview with Entertainment Tonight, he admitted to being offended. Polone did not apologize for his words.


# Air Date Rating Share 18-49 Viewers (m) Weekly Rank
1 April 8, 2008 3.2 5 1.5/4 4.61 71
In comparison, the notorious flop quarterlife, which had also been canceled after one episode by NBC several weeks earlier, had a 3.1 rating in the 10 p.m. time slot, where fewer networks broadcast. CBS then decided not to make the remaining six episodes.

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