ABC, Wallenda reach deal on Falls tightrope walk

May 12, 2012 • Entertainment

Nik Wallenda poses the 2 in diameter giant tight-rope wire that will be installed for practice at the Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls on Thursday, May 10, 2012. Wallenda will try to cross the Niagara Gorge on a tightrope on June 15.(AP Photo/The Buffalo News, Harry Scull Jr.)

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — ABC is turning Nik Wallenda’s attempted tightrope walk over Niagara Falls into a prime-time television event next month, devoting a full three hours to the daredevil’s June 15 walk, the network said Friday.

Wallenda is a seventh-generation member of the famous daredevil family the Great Wallendas, also known as the Flying Wallendas, whose history as a traveling circus troupe dates to 1780.

“It’s a return to some of the great events you’ve seen on television over the years,” ABC spokesman Jeffrey Schneider said. “I think back to my own childhood and Evel Knievel where literally the whole country would gather around the set and watch one of these extraordinary stunts.”

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