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.