NBC Gives Series Order to Celebrity Variety Show ‘I Can Do That’

Marlon Wayans
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NBC has given a six-episode order to “I Can Do That,” an unconventional variety show that will challenge its celebrity cast members to stretch beyond their comfort zones by putting on a new act each week.

The series, based on an Israeli concept from Armoza Formats, will be hosted by Marlon Wayans (pictured). The six regulars set for the competition are “Dancing With the Stars” alum Cheryl Burke; singers Joe Jonas, Nicole Scherzinger and Ciara; comedian Jeff Dye; and actor Alan Ritchson.

Each week, the regulars will work in pairs to put on an act with the help of guest stars who work in other fields, such as magicians, acrobats and stunt performers. At the end of the six episodes, one of the regulars will be crowned “the ultimate entertainer.”

“I Can Do That” is eyeing a summer debut. Audrey Morrisey of NBC’s “The Voice” and Matilda Zoltowski (“Dancing With the Stars”) are exec producing for Universal TV. Avi Armoza, head of Israel’s Armoza Formats, Rick Alvarez and Wayans also exec produce. The format is currently in production in 15 other countries, including Spain, Bulgaria, Italy and Brazil.

“Our viewers are going to fall in love with how these natural-born entertainers push themselves outside of their comfort zones to put on a spectacular show every week,” said Paul Telegdy, NBC’s prexy of alternative and latenight programming.

Said Wayans: “The cast is amazing. It’s going to be a lot of fun to work with people whose work I admire and to see them in a different light. Who wouldn’t want to work with Ciara, Nicole Scherzinger and Cheryl Burke? And my daughter said if I don’t do a show with a Jonas brother, don’t come home.”

NBC’s alternative slate is loading up with unscripted comedy-variety series. Neil Patrick Harris is set to host a high-profile entry in “Takeaway,” a mix of sketches, games and other goofiness.

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  1. svstarr82@gmail.com says:

    I truly love this show and will use some of the acts with my school to show the youngsters that we teachers can act also. So thanks for this show it makes me feel young again. Please keep it up. We love looking at this show. It makes us laugh.

  2. royquita thomas says:

    I think the audicence cheated this week. The two girls should have WON as PUPPETS.i will not watch this show anymore. The show is RACIAL PREJUDICE.

  3. amnotacrybaby says:

    Man, I would love to see Mya on this one. When she was on Secret Talents of the Stars, she stayed completely within her comfort zone and paid the price. On her season of Dancing with the Stars, she moved all the way out of her comfort zone and scored the silver.

  4. Jaybee says:

    Just went to a screening of the first episode and it is as bad as it looks. The banter between the contestants seems very staged and not natural and host Marlon Wayans does nothing to bring energy or move the show along. After watching it appears Alan Ritchman must have an upcoming deal with NBC/Universal as he gets the most camera time. Since he is an unknown and very good looking you start to like him at first but it gets very annoying. Cheryl Burke does nothing to make herself a likable or relatable person. I had no idea who Jeff Dye was before this show and have to say he is the one bright spot of it. Big question is does NBC really need another variety-type show??

    • Sarah says:

      You’re lying. I was there and no one flubbed anything. They were all fantastic. Wayans was hilarious…..

  5. ginamarie135 says:

    I wish I could be a C-list celebrity so I could do this show. Like legitimately it sounds like a blast if you are one of the celebrities but kind of lame to watch. At least with AGT I can just enjoy the acts and with DWTS I can enjoy clever choreography by actual professional dancers (and the occasional celebrity who is as good as a professional dancer, i.e. Meryl Davis).

  6. ktm2015 says:

    I went to a taping of the show, after five hours I had to leave. I felt so miss treated by the staff there I wish I would have not gone at all. I was given one bathroom break, they had nothing to offer the crowd to drink. They did pass out little one bite chocolates if you would stay another couple hours. Marlon kept flubbing his lines and the celebrities didn’t do much to impress us. I say it won’t last passed the first six shows. Sorry people, it’s just not any good.

  7. srvwp2013 says:

    NBC continues its blind way into the vast wasteland of television. NBC may as well close up shop and go out of business once and for all. Over these last, past, passed, many several years, if not a decade, the Public has demonstrated that it does not want to see so-called celebrities displaying the fact that they have no place in our public culture. Every programming step that NBC takes is a leap backward. This show will flame out quicker than the wind from a duck’s ass. The Entertainment Industry needs to be blasted out of existence and then only if necessary brought back by creative, imaginative, visionary thinkers who can produce something that in no way resembles “entertainment” as humankind has known it.

  8. Arthur says:

    I like it. Hope it’s a hit.

  9. dave says:

    Sounds fun and fresh. Always looking for family friendly shows like this.

  10. cadavra says:

    So it’s like “Dancing With the Stars” without the dancing. Or stars.

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