12:00pm PT by Kate Stanhope
NBC Orders 'Little Big Shots' Spinoff Centered on Elderly
Little Big Shots is growing up fast!
NBC has ordered a spinoff of the popular kid-focused variety show centered on senior citizens, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Little Big Shots: Forever Young will allow young-at-heart seniors to showcase their hidden talents, vibrant personalities and incredible wisdom.
Like the flagship, the offshoot will be hosted by Steve Harvey, who has a full plate with both Little Big Shot editions, Celebrity Family Feud and his daytime series. There is no premiere date yet for the spinoff.
Little Big Shots: Forever Young is exec produced by Ellen DeGeneres, Harvey, Jeff Kleeman, Gerald Washington, Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly and Andy Lassner. Warner Horizon Television will produce in association with East 112th Street Productions and A Very Good Production.
“We are excited to spotlight and celebrate the wit and wisdom of our elders,” said Paul Telegdy, president of NBC Entertainment's alternative and reality group. “We can’t wait to see Steve Harvey in action with these incredibly vigorous and energetic seniors as they give him a run for his money with their unique talents, dynamic personalities and irresistible charms.”
Added Mike Darnell, president of unscripted and alternate television at Warner Bros.: “The idea of doing a follow-up to Little Big Shots focusing on seniors struck us as a no-brainer. Just like the kids, they have insane skills that will amaze and surprise you — not to mention the often hysterical (and sometimes shocking) things they say. As good a host as Steve Harvey is, he may have finally met his match with this incredible set of elder statesmen.”
Little Big Shots proved an important shot in the arm for the unscripted genre when it opened to a 2.9 rating among adults 18-49 in March. Averaging a 2.4 rating and 13 million viewers, the series became the No. 1 new show of the 2015-16 TV season in total viewers and the top new alternative series in the demo.
Little Big Shots: Forever Young joins NBC's robust unscripted slate that includes The Voice — which also hails from Warner Horizon — American Ninja Warrior, America's Got Talent, Hollywood Game Night, Better Late Than Never and the upcoming relaunch of The Celebrity Apprentice with new host Arnold Schwarzenegger.
On the scripted side, NBC is no stranger to spinoffs with the fourth series in the Chicago franchise and The Blacklist: Redemption spinoff both set to debut midseason.
Warner Horizon's other alternative entries include the Bachelor franchise on ABC and Whose Line Is It Anyway? on The CW.