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Five TV shows that should recruit Michael Phelps

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 14th 2008 9:03AM
Time coverIs there a bigger star in the world right this moment than Michael Phelps? He's poised to break Mark Spitz's record seven gold medals in one Olympics. He's already the most honored Olympic champion of all times, having won more gold medals than some entire countries.

Jeremy Schaap was singing his praises on ESPN this morning. Michael Phelps is tall, fit, good looking and has the makings of humongous success. Can't you just see him as a TV star?

As Rich pointed out, being an Olympic champion can sometimes be a launching pad for a career on TV. For most, the fit isn't exactly right, but I think that that was the fault of the producers back then, not the Olympians.

Therefore, I'm going to help Michael and those TV bigwigs with a few ideas. Here's four existing shows that should be writing scripts for Michael Phelps right away, and one remake that's right up his alley.

Heroes
This is a natural. He can do things in water that are super human, so why not add him to the cast with the ability to swim underwater -- he has gills -- for long distances? He can rescue Claire, who's on a transatlantic cruise, when she's thrown off the ship. A romance blossoms, but alas, they're not destined to stay together.

Lost
Oh, my! Michael is a Dharma Initiative creation. Ben time travels to 2008 where he confronts Michael, who is playing an Olympic champion modeled after Michael Phelps naturally. Ben warns him that he was never supposed to leave the island and he has to go back.

NCIS
As part of the new team for Gibbs, he's assigned a liaison from a top secret U.S. Naval program, called submariner. Michael would play Fin, an officer trained to do the kinds of underwater feats that even the Navy SEALs can't handle. Fin fits right in with the new crew, but when he starts spouting lines from old movies, Gibbs is forced to smack him in the head.

House
Michael guests as a successful water magician working at Sea World in Orlando. When he suddenly exhibits strange symptoms -- growths on his skin that look like scales, craving salt water, excessive bathing -- he's sent to Princeton Plainsboro to see House. After first House won't get involves, but when Michael discharges a milky white substance that turns out to be tartar sauce, he takes the case. He orders a series of tests to rule out Lupus.

The Man From Atlantis
This is a Jeff Zucker/Ben Silverman brainstorm. Just like The Bionic Woman and Knight Rider, NBC should reach back to its past and resurrect the 1977 sci-fi, fantasy adventure series, The Man from Atlantis. Michael will play the sea-man, Mark Harris, the role originated by Patrick Duffy, and since Patrick is still active and looking good, they should let him co-star as Michael's amphibious pop.

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Co

Hey you forgot about one show. How about Smallville? They were suppose to focus more on the "Justice League" aspect of the show. He could play Orm to Aquaman and it would be good to see him on the other side.

August 16 2008 at 6:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JakeNFran

According to some posts Phelps grew up on the mean streets and so perhaps he should be on whatever spin-off happens with The Wire...

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August 15 2008 at 3:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Europa

Your ideas are pretty good, especially the "Heroes" one, but I think every one is forgetting one VERY important element - acting ability, or the lack there of.

Not to knock the guy (I like him, he seems like a genuine nice kid) but sometimes he can barely speak well because of his over-bite/jaw issues. Perhaps just do a Letterman top ten and leave it at that. ;-)

August 14 2008 at 6:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John Howard

In the Lost timeline, Michael Phelps is already an Olympic champion.

August 14 2008 at 12:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cincinnati Mike

"Michael Phelps is tall, fit, good looking and has the makings of humongous success."
...I think you meant to say "humongous EARS."

August 14 2008 at 11:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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BC McKinney

Who's looking at his ears?

August 14 2008 at 2:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sam

Honestly, I think they should just broadcast the michael phelps speedo hour, a glorious hour of phelps in his speedo.

More importantly, they may try to put him on these shows, but if the boy can't act, we will all be mighty unhappy. On the other hand, he'd be hella awesome on celebrity amazing race.

August 14 2008 at 11:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Thomas

What about an original show? He plays a champion swimmer, who due to a shadowy conspiracy has been forced to quit swimming and go on the run. He now travels from town to town using his amazing swimming ability to solve water based crimes and rescue people in conveniently located bodies of water. In an entirely original twist, his love interest/crime solving partner is afraid of/allergic to water, dooming them to be forever apart.

August 14 2008 at 10:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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edgore

That is the dumbest thing I have ever heard. Also, congratulations! Your pitch has been accepted and will be made into a series!

August 14 2008 at 12:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DavidMac

He should probably just stick to announcing his sport, so I would recommend him for a shot at a commentating gig on any of the big sports networks when it comes to swimming competitions.

August 14 2008 at 10:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Edd

I thought this would be waste of a post but the Heroes and House cameos would be a bit of fun!

August 14 2008 at 9:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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