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Perfect 10: Gymnastics show picked up by ABC

October 29, 2008

The uptick in gymnastics interest after an Olympic Games often allows for some form of media to get produced. The U.S. women’s team’s dramatic gold in Atlanta helped launch a series of books about the lessons and trials a group of younger gymnasts faced in training and in life. (Dominique Dawes provided an intro to each story and a personal anecdote inside the cover of each book.)

After watching the Games in Athens, Jessica Bendinger wrote a screenplay about a rebellious teen gymnast that became “Stick It,” maybe the biggest girl-power film of 2006.

This quad’s concept sounds a bit like “Stick It,” albeit compressed into an hour and even less, um, realistic:

ABC Family has greenlit the pilot “Perfect 10,” an hourlong set in the world of competitive gymnastics.

…”Perfect 10″ follows a group of teen Olympic hopefuls as they train, live, love and get on each other’s nerves.

ABC also tried this after 1996 in the short-lived series Push, a drama about the super-intense lives of NCAA athletes, that included men’s and women’s gymnasts. Push was particularly unrealistic — in the pilot, the fun-loving main character smokes pot with the team’s new, good-looking assistant coach (That doesn’t really happen, does it?) then proceeds to mess up the season-opener.

The best look into the world of elite gymnastics that I’ve seen were the 25 episodes of “Behind the Team,” produced by AT&T between spring 2007 and the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials. They’re still available here.