Reality show pits Shaq against other star athletes

Mon Jul 20, 2009 10:27pm EDT
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By James Hibberd

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Shaq is back on ABC.

The network again is launching a reality series featuring basketball star Shaquille O'Neal. In "Shaq Vs.," the Cleveland Cavaliers' center will compete against top-name athletes at their own sports.

The network has lined up an impressive array of names for O'Neal to battle. He'll swim against Michael Phelps, play football with Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, play tennis against Serena Williams, compete against Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor in beach volleyball and box Oscar de la Hoya.

"These athletes may be on top of their game, but I am up for the challenge," O'Neal said. "I plan to train hard and win, so look out."

The one-hour series will premiere August 18.

Two years ago, ABC launched a weight-loss series with O'Neal called "Shaq's Big Challenge."

(Editing by SheriLinden at Reuters)

<p>Shaquille O' Neal is seen before a basketball game in the Jose Miguel Agrelot Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico October 14, 2005. REUTERS/Ana Martinez</p>