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Ellen DeGeneres is at it again, behind yet another exciting project. This time around, the comedian is teaming up with fellow talk show host, Steve Harvey to showcase a variety of performers. NBC is moving forward with the new comedy/variety show which would see Harvey hosting.
The comedy/variety show which is tentatively titled Little Big Shots has Harvey attached to host in what will showcase an array of young and gifted performers, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show will cover everything from musicians to dancers and will place them in conversations and interviews with Harvey throughout the episodes. The series originated from Warner Horizon, the same producer behind The Bachelor, and also has Jeff Kleeman and Gerald Washington involved as executive producers. The series is said to kick off with eight hour-long episodes bringing the comedic voices of DeGeneres and Harvey along with some adorably talented kids.
DeGeneres and Harvey both tend to feature talented kids on their talk shows, Harvey even has a segment entitled, “Extraordinary Kids”, so this will be familiar waters for the two hosts. And in the current popularity of young YouTube sensations, this is sure to give young talents yet another outlet to show off in.
This series also comes right as Neil Patrick Harris' own primetime variety series based on the U.K.’s hit series Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway shifts into gear. The announcement came about six months ago that the How I Met Your Mother star would be taking his talents to NBC in the form of a variety show. Titled, Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris the show will feature musical numbers, comedy sketches, game shows, hidden camera pranks and appearances by A-list celebrities in an hour-long format. Harris’ variety show is already on NBC’s fall schedule for Tuesday nights.
Live scripted comedy has been somewhat of a priority for NBC lately. Just yesterday they announced they’d be renewing their popular sophomore comedy Undateable for a third, entirely live season. Back in September the network partnered with Universal Television-based Hazy Mills banner for the series, Hospitality, a multi-camera comedy to air live every week with along with live commercials during breaks. Live programming has become increasingly valuable to networks especially in the current landscape of social media and television. Whether or not there is a necessity for multiple variety shows on one network is to be determined. But with star power such as Ellen DeGeneres, Steve Harvey and Neil Patrick Harris attached, it is sure to bring in viewership.