ABC announces Joey Lawrence and Charissa Thompson as hosts of the new diving competition series, "Splash," where 10 celebrity contestants will face their fears as they flip, twist and spin into the depths of the pool below. The show premieres Tuesday, March 19 (8 p.m.), on ABC.
"Splash" marks the first time 10 celebrities will train and compete in regulation platform and springboard diving at dizzying heights in front of a weekly poolside audience. After training with professional divers and being mentored by the world's most decorated and medaled diving legend, Greg Louganis, their dives will be critiqued by two judges: London Olympic U.S. gold medalist David Boudia and Australian Olympic athlete and USA Dive Team director Steve Foley.
Lawrence is one of the most sought-after actors in the entertainment business today. With a career spanning more than 25 years in film, television and music, he has been in the public eye since he was 6. He rose to pop-culture fame as a teenager on the '90s hit television series "Blossom," where his character, Joey Russo, stole the hearts of teenage girls around the globe and helped aid in a flannel-grunge fashion craze. Today, Lawrence can be seen starring on the hit ABC Family series "Melissa & Joey," with Melissa Joan Hart.
Thompson is currently the co-host of ESPN2's "SportsNation," along with Marcellus Wiley. She joined ESPN in September 2011 as the co-host of ESPN2's "Numbers Never Lie" and, after frequent guest appearances on "SportsNation," moved into the permanent co-host role in June. Prior to joining ESPN, Thompson covered the NHL for Versus, from 2010-11, including the 2010 All-Star Game and Stanley Cup Finals. In 2010 she reported on the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, FIFA World Cup, BCS National Championship Game, Super Bowl and NBA All-Star Game for Yahoo! Sports.
"Splash" is from Eyeworks USA and is based on the breakout hit and Dutch format, "Celebrity Splash."
For more information on "Splash," visit www.ABC.com/Splash.
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