ABC's new TV series Splash debuted on Tuesday night, pitting top celebrities and athletes against each other in a diving competition.
With four-time Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis as their coach, the contestants will be required to perform acrobatic somersaults and backflips down the stretch, with the level of difficulty increasing each week.
The 10 contestants include: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Detroit Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh, Miss Alabama 2012 Katherine Webb (also the girlfriend of Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron), TV host and comedian Louie Anderson, Chuy Bravo of Chelsea Lately, former Baywatch actress Nicole Eggert, Kendra Wilkinson (former girlfriend to Hugh Hefner), Olympic skier Rory Bushfield, former Cosby Show actress Keshia Knight Pulliam and actor/singer-songwriter Drake Bell.
Here's a look at Twitter reaction to the show's debut.
Kendra Wilkinson made sure everyone knew she didn't change who she was on the show:
Kendra Wilkinson @KendraWilkinson
I'm drama free on #Splash I promise!!!! :/ NOTTTTTT. Lololol3/20/2013, 12:14:55 AM
World of Isaac did not approve of the show's intro:
If you're not watching 'Splash', well, I don't how to say this but you just missed the worst intro in reality TV history.3/20/2013, 12:03:49 AM
Former basketball player Jay Williams was having a ball:
Jay Williams @RealJayWilliams
#Splash is absolutely hysterical. #LovingIt3/20/2013, 12:17:22 AM
Golden State Warriors forward Carl Landry was digging it, too:
Carl Landry @CarlLandry
This show #Splash is pretty good on #ABC3/20/2013, 12:20:07 AM
Mike Golic of ESPN prayed for Louie Anderson:
Mike Golic @espngolic
I'm watching Splash.... God help me...I'm about to watch a 417lb Louie Anderson dive in a pool... God help him3/20/2013, 12:18:33 AM
KSTP-TV sports director Joe Schmit was highly amused:
Joe Schmit @JoeSchmitKSTP
Whatever is running on the Comedy Channel cannot be funnier than SPLASH. I pick Louie Anderson in the cannonball competition.3/20/2013, 12:21:02 AM
Louie Anderson wanted to know what people thought of his tremendous dive. You did well, Louie, you did well:
Louie Anderson @LouieAnderson
How'd I do? #splash3/20/2013, 12:22:46 AM
Canadian Wall Street Journal reporter David George-Cosh went as far as to call the show "poetic" on Tuesday:
David George-Cosh @itsdgc
I hope the TV executive who green-lit Splash gets a medal or trophy or something. Simply amazing, wonderful, poetic television.3/20/2013, 12:28:10 AM
Katherine Webb soared into the national spotlight when TV commentator Brent Musburger fawned over her during the BCS National Championship Game broadcast. She made sure to thank him before taking a dive, as Kelly Whiteside of USA Today noted:
Kelly Whiteside @KellyWhiteside
Gotta love that @_KatherineWebb says: "Brent Musberger, this dive is for you" as she leaps off high dive on reality show Splash3/20/2013, 12:30:33 AM
Former No. 1 women's tennis player and broadcaster Chris Evert applauded Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's drive:
Chris Evert @ChrissieEvert
I Love It!!! Kareem Abdul Jabbar on SPLASH- 65 years old and rockin!!!3/20/2013, 12:47:28 AM
Author Jennifer Weiner may have had the tweet of the night:
Jennifer Weiner @jenniferweiner
Turns out watching a 65-year-old, 7-foot-tall former NBA star in a shiny unitard hit the water with his face is surprisingly awesome.#splash3/20/2013, 12:49:20 AM
Chris Bukowski of The Bachelorette and Bachelor Pad took a shot at Splash:
Chris Bukowski @chrisjbukowski
Bachelor Pad is cancelled, but thank God there's a show like Splash to hold us over.. #NOT3/20/2013, 12:55:01 AM
In the end, Katherine Webb won a "dive-off" with Keshia Knight Pulliam to survive the first episode.
One thing's for sure: Judging by the amount of reaction Splash got on Tuesday—whether it was positive or negative—ABC's new show isn't going away anytime soon.
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