'Secret Talents of the Stars' Unfolds Tonight
'Secret Talents of the Stars' Unfolds Tonight
"We will boldly go where we've never gone before," were the words of several generations of TV captains on the various incarnations of Gene Roddenberry's cult Star Trek.  Actually, they come from the mouth of the original series' former Mr. Sulu himself, George Takei.

"If I survive this, who knows what doors could open," the former Trek hero told the New York Daily News about his stint on the new reality competition, Secret Talents of the Stars, which premieres tonight.

"I could go on tour, have a whole new career; we shall see,” Takei continued.  He is one of the 16 celebrities set to unveil previously hidden skills beginning in tonight's first installment of CBS' Secret Talents of the Stars.  Takei will channel the country artist in him as he tries to impress the viewers with some honky-tonk crooning.

In contrast, the genuine country singing article, Clint Black, will temporarily set aside his CMT, CMA and Grammy Award-winning ways to try his hand at the more unforgiving field of stand-up comedy.

“My manager, who laughs at me a lot, was the one who decided that I had to do stand-up,” Black told CMT.  “I remember that feeling in my chest that someone's standing on it. ... I slowly warmed up to the idea.  And from that point on, once I agreed to it, it was that I would go through - what do they call them - night terrors?  I would go through moments of anxiety during the day whenever I'd picture the scene.”

Black and Takei are actually grouped together along with Grammy Award-winning artist Mya and Olympic figure skating silver medalist Sasha Cohen.  In the other groups, another country singer, Jo Dee Messina is up against boxer Roy Jones Jr., soap star Joshua Morrow and The Girls Next Door's Bridget Marquardt.  Meanwhile, percussionist/performer Sheila E is pitted against boxing legend Joe Frazier, model and former Mrs. Donald Trump, Marla Maples, and actor/writer/lawyer Ben Stein.  The final bracket includes actor/host Danny Bonaduce, model/actress and internet babe Cindy Margolis, The Cosby Show's Malcom-Jamal Warner and WCW and WWE wrestling great Ric Flair.

Secret Talents of the Stars starts at 10 tonight on CBS.

-Rosario Santiago, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: New York Daily News, CBS, CMT
(Image Courtesy of CBS)