Spike TV is about to get a little more musical. The network is partnering with Jimmy Fallon and his Eight Million Plus Prods. banner, John Krasinski, Stephen Merchant and Matador to create a “Lip Sync Battle” series. Fallon made the announcement Thursday night on “The Tonight Show” during his interview with Merchant.
“Lip Sync Battle” will run 10 half-hour episodes, featuring celebrities going head to head lip synching the song of their choice. The prize? Bragging rights.
Fallon, Krasinski and Merchant will appear and perform on the show, in addition to serving as exec producers. “Lip Sync Battle” will tape in January in New York for an April 2 premiere. It’s notable that a concept stemming from Fallon’s NBC series would find extended life on a cabler owned by Viacom.
“Lip Sync Battling is one of the coolest things happening in pop culture right now and already has a huge fan base thanks to the amazing talent involved,” said Casey Patterson, exec vice president of talent development and production at Viacom Entertainment Group. “We’re thrilled to be in business with producers as talented as Jimmy, John and Stephen as Spike broadens its programming in new and exciting ways.”
“Lip Sync Battle” will be executive produced by Fallon’s Eight Million Plus Prods., Krasinski, Merchant, Rick Schwartz of Eight Million Plus, Jay Peterson of Matador and Patterson. Beth McCarthy-Miller (“Saturday Night Live”) will direct.
Check out Jimmy Fallon’s first lip sync battle with Paul Rudd: