Imagine the premise of ABC’s “Wife Swap,” but instead of families switching matriarchs, sub in a celebrity who trades lives with an average Joe with a matching moniker. Thus we have CBS’s new feel-good summer reality series, “Same Name.”
Sunday night’s debut (9/8c) kicks of with David Hasselhoff of “Baywatch” fame switching places with David Hasselhoff of Lake Jackson, Texas non-fame. From the extended preview below, the takeaway seems to be that each Hoff was incredibly humbled by this experience. Whether it be learning that there’s more to celebrity than simply sitting by the pool (Texas Hoff), or discovering that not everyone cleans up in gigantic glass-encased marble showers (“Baywatch” Hoff), each one appears to have had their misconceptions put in check – with the heartfelt wake-up moments to prove it. (Cue the teary-eyed soundtrack!)
Future episodes will feature Reggie Bush and Reggie Bush, Mike Tyson and Mike Tyson, and Kathy Griffin and…wait for it…Kathy Griffin. “Same Name” premieres Sunday at 9/8c on CBS.