9:06am PT by Lacey Rose
NBC Orders Variety Show from Ellen DeGeneres, Steve Harvey
NBC is making a big bet on Ellen DeGeneres and Steve Harvey — and a cadre of wunderkinds.
The network is moving forward with a new comedy/variety show, tentatively titled Little Big Shots, with Harvey attached to host. The series will showcase young, gifted performers, including musicians (think 5-year-old piano virtuosos) and dancers (pint-size break-dancers), who will go toe to toe with Harvey in conversations and interviews.
Little Big Shots, which hails from Warner Horizon (The Bachelor), will kick off with eight hour-long episodes. In addition to DeGeneres and Harvey, two of the most popular comedic voices in daytime television, Jeff Kleeman and Gerald Washington will be involved as executive producers via East 112th Street Productions and A Very Good Production.
Both DeGeneres and Harvey have ample experience with adorable kids who ham it up for the camera. In fact, ICM-repped DeGeneres has made stars out of young Brits Rosie and Sophia Grace, and has given a platform to many others, while Harvey's talk show features a segment called "Extraordinary kids."
NBC brass is expected to tout the project when it presents its 2015-16 primetime schedule to media buyers in New York May 11. In addition to mainstays The Voice, The Blacklist and Sunday Night Football, the network will roll out a slate of newcomers, including an America Ferrera comedy (Superstore), a high-stakes sniper drama (The Player) and a second Chicago Fire spinoff (Chicago Med).