Who Are the 8 Celebrity Teams Competing for Glory on 'Pickled'? Details

8 celebrity teams are competing for glory and a good cause on the upcoming CBS pickleball tournament special, 'Pickled.' Who are the celebrity teams?

Katherine Stinson - Author

Nov. 17 2022, Published 2:46 p.m. ET

Stephen Colbert
Source: CBS

It's the most cutthroat competition of the holiday season. No, it's not who gets the last slice of your grandma's famous pecan pie.

It's Pickled on CBS.

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Hosted by Stephen Colbert, 8 celebrity teams will compete in pickleball matches to raise money for Comic Relief US and to be awarded the first ever Colbert Cup.

So who are the Pickled celebrity TV show teams? Read on to find out!

Paul Scheer and June Diane Raphael
Source: CBS

Paul and June are Team Paddle Snakes

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Who are the 8 'Pickled' celebrity TV show teams? What are the rules for pickleball anyway?

Let's start simple – think of each pickleball match like a tennis doubles match. Each Pickled celebrity team consists of two celebs each. Naturally, each team has come up with a hilarious name.

So without further ado, here are the 8 Pickled celebrity TV teams!

When Harry Net Rally: Dierks Bentley and Phil Keoghan

Daniel Dae Luis: Luis Guzman and Daniel Dae Kim

Dill-I-Am: Jimmie Allen and Max Greenfield

The Volley Ranchers: Sugar Ray Leonard and Emma Watson

Take This Lob and Shove It: Jaime Camil and Aisha Tyler

The Paddle Snakes: June Diane Raphael and Paul Scheer

Party "Til You Cuke: Tig Notaro and a mystery guest

Dink Floyd: Kelly Rowland and Murray Bartlett

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Emma Watson
Source: CBS

Now that we've got the celebrity teams sorted, how does one actually play pickleball? How does Pickled determine the ultimate pickleball champs?

Like tennis, a round of pickleball can be played as a singles or a doubles match. One player serves the proverbial pickleball to the opposing team, and if the opposing team fails to serve it back, the first team scores a point. Only the serving team is allowed to actually score a point. Rounds are usually played up to whoever scores 11 points first.

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So we know what you're thinking — is pickleball basically tennis, just under a different name? Not exactly. According to a report from Elite Sports, pickleball combines elements of tennis, table tennis and badminton (so think of it like the hybrid car of racquet sports!)

A pickleball court is also smaller than a standard tennis court.

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When does 'Pickled' premiere?

Craving a jar of pickles yet? Us too. So when can you watch celebs face off in Pickled? You can catch the epic one-week-before-Thanksgiving pickleball tournament for the ages tonight on CBS from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET.

If you miss the fun special when it airs live, don't fret! Pickled will also be available to stream after the live airing on Paramount Plus. There will also be some celeb announcers for each match, including Cari Champion, John Michael Higgins and Bill Raftery.

Unfortunately, Pickled is only a two-hour special this time around, so there won't be any further episodes of matches past tonight. However, we wouldn't be surprised if CBS brought Pickled back next year with new celebrities! After all, it's a comedic competition for a good cause.

The CBS sports special Pickled airs tonight, Nov. 17th, 2022 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET.

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