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ABC is adding something completely unique to its Summer Fun & Games primetime lineup this week in the form of Holey Moley, a humor-infused mini-golf competition. The new series boasts NBA all-star Steph Curry as an executive producer who makes an appearance or two, and has an awesome pair of commentators in new Monday Night Football voice Joe Tessitore and the always hilarious Daily Show vet Rob Riggle.
CinemaBlend had the pleasure to talk with Rob Riggle ahead of Holey Moley's big ABC premiere – and we also got some info out of Joe Tessitore via email – and learned quite a bit more about what viewers can expect from the "challenging" and "extreme" series. Naturally, Steph Curry was a topic of choice, so let's start there.
How Involved Was Steph Curry?
As one of the most talented and lauded athletes in the country, NBA superstar Steph Curry was all over TV recently as part of the NBA Playoffs and Finals. (It didn't end well for Golden State, but that's neither here nor there.) Our own Sean O'Connell asked Rob Riggle how involved Curry actually was with Holey Moley as an EP. According to Riggle:
While Steph Curry likely wasn't part of the teams that physically constructed the courses, it sounds like he had his fair share of input on the course's challenging holes. I like to think he tried to push for everything to feature the Warriors logo, but that's probably not what happened.
Understandably, while he did have a lot to do with the development process for the show, that whole NBA career didn't exactly allow him to stick around for filming on a constant basis. Here's what Rob Riggle had to say on that front:
Fans will indeed get to see Steph Curry out on the course in the premiere, but time will tell how often he'll be around after that.
How Difficult Are Holey Moley's Courses For Both Amateurs And Pros?
Anyone who plays mini-golf on a regular basis knows that it takes a keen amount of skill to become an expert in the game, and that it technically doesn't have all that much to do with one's skills in regular games of golf. Here's what Rob Riggle told us when asked if a golf pro would have an advantage on Holey Moley.
Mini-shots fired! It sounds like one's overabundant skills in one area may not be all that's needed to win out on Holey Moley. Which makes sense, of course, since most mini-golf is played in settings where there aren't lots of people watching while cameras are rolling. And personally, I've never had ANYONE do color commentary when I play putt-putt.
Rob Riggle said he did get a limited time to test the course out, but what did he think?
Co-commentator Joe Tessitore echoed Rob Riggle's thoughts about being surprised by how difficult the Holey Moley course turned out to be for well-seasoned golfers.
Watching underdogs win out over professional athletes is basically the premise of every feel-good sports movie of all-time. So if that's the kind of scenario we're going to see often on Holey Moley, fans are likely going to keep tuning in to live vicariously through the winners.
What Kinds Of Surprises Will Holey Moley Give Fans?
Sure, this might be a show about mini-golf, but it's not a show ONLY about mini-golf. (Okay, it's mostly about that.) But Holey Moley will have lots of surprises, too, from special guests to genuinely surprising competitions. Here's what Rob Riggle teased about the first season.
Joe Tessitore got a little more specific about the guest stars, saying this:
So just how will these Olympians, actors and musicians make their way into the putting party?
Does Being A Comedian Help With Sports Commentating?
As a veteran actor who has delivered memorable performances in seemingly 75% of all the good TV and film comedies of the past 15 years, Rob Riggle hasn't exactly stepped into these kinds of shoes before in his career. When CinemaBlend asked if Riggle thought that having a comedian's sensibilities is a plus for color commentary, here's what he told us.
One of Riggle's strengths as a performer is the constant energy he brings to every medium, even if he's just standing in one place and talking. Holey Moley will certainly keep him busy as he spices up Tessitore's detail-oriented chatter.
Though Holey Moley is his first mini-golf show, Rob Riggle does have some background in sports-related comedy. NFL fans who watch Fox's Sunday pre-game broadcasts are used to seeing Riggle popping up every week to poke fun at various teams and players (and Terry Bradshaw), often through song. However, the NFL gig didn't do much to inform his job as a color commentator. In his words:
Technically, Rob Riggle could quickly write up and perform a song just ahead of taping a Holey Moley episode. So I'm just going to go ahead and hope that'll be the case at some point.
For those who can't wait to watch Steph Curry tear it up on the mini-golf course, Holey Moley will make its debut on ABC on Thursday, June 20, at 8:00 p.m. ET.