In another potential setback to the reality genre, a freak accident has claimed the life of a stuntman working on UPN’s daredevil franchise “I Dare You.”
Last Wednesday, Brady Michaels, 36, was preparing a stunt involving a parachute-landing platform attached to the top of a non-mobile train in Arizona. While descending a ladder attached to the train, Michaels lost his footing and fell roughly 15 feet, striking his head on several rocks, according to reps for “Dare” production house Nash Entertainment.
After several days in a coma, Michaels was taken off life support and died Saturday.
Ironically, Michaels was doing advance work for the stunt and not actually performing it. The stunt he was planning involved his paragliding from the top of one moving train to another.
Nonetheless, critics of reality skeins may use Michaels’ death to point out the risks associated with action-adventure shows such as “Dare.”
Nash topper Brush Nash, however, noted that Michaels didn’t die while performing a stunt but instead was killed due to a freak incident.
“This was an unfortunate accident that could have happened on the set of a sitcom,” he said. “This show has a spotless safety record.”
Nash added that he was “truly saddened that such a tragic and unfortunate accident has taken our friend Brady Michaels, a talented stuntman in the prime of his career. Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends.”
Stunt being planned by Michaels will not be performed by another stuntman, reps for Nash said.
News of the “Dare” accident comes as Fox continues to deal with the aftermath of its “Who Wants to Marry a Multimillionaire” spec.
Word that ex-bachelor Rick Rockwell once had a restraining order issued against him had national media salivating. NBC’s “Today” devoted a huge chunk of its Tuesday broadcast to an interview with Rockwell, while “Dateline NBC” was skedded to do the same last night.
This ayem, ABC’s “Good Morning America” is skedded to feature a Diane Sawyer interview with bride Darva Conger.