Poor, sad Skating with the Stars (ABC, Monday, 8 p.m. ET). The ratings are low. The injury count is high. The reviews are scathing. How could a spin-off of ABC's top-rated Dancing with the Stars get it so wrong?
Let's start with the contestants. We tune in for the drama of seeing semi-stars out of their element, competing like their lives depend on winning. Problem is, these C-List celebs aren't all that recognizable. Well, except for Sean Young, an actress who's long captivated the world with her crazy, off-screen antics. Unfortunately, kooky Young couldn't stay upright on skates for more than 15 seconds at a time, and she got booted in the first round. This was very bad news for SWTS: Gone was the most famous face in the bunch.
Even if the contestants were bigger stars, this show would have to contend with what's turned out to be a defining problem: Injuries. Moseley ran over his partner, Brooke Castile's hand, cutting her finger to the bone and sending her to the hospital. Neil was prone to falls and injured his back. Mercifully for his spine, he's since been ousted. (Randomly, Smith had to make a hospital run, too, but for food poisoning.)
Why do you think SWTS hasn't been as successful as DWTS?