FOX will be adding a new reality TV show to its spring schedule, featuring champion figure skater Sasha Cohen.
The new show, Road to the Gold, will feature 12 professional figure skating coaches each trying to coach Cohen to an Olympic gold medal at the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, Italy.
The skating routine Cohen uses at the Olympic Games in February 2006 will need to be devised almost a year in advance. The show will begin immediately after the 2004-05 skating season ends, with taping currently scheduled to begin in early April 2005. Each coach will be vying with the others to create the perfect routine for Cohen to use at the Olympics.
Each week, viewers will call or vote on line to oust one of the 12 coaches. Ms. Cohen has signed a contract with FOX, stipulating that the winner must remain her coach through the end of the 2006 Olympic Games.
"I'm so happy to have this opportunity to have my own reality show," Cohen said in a prepared statement. "The gold medal I win won't just belong to me and my future coach, but to all my fans and everyone who takes part in voting on the show. I also hope this program will inspire many young people to take up skating, and to show everyone how much work it takes to become a skating champion."
FOX did not release any names of possible contestants. The finalized list of coaches will be released in late February, one FOX executive said.