Blake Shelton will host the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, and Snoop Dogg’s YouTube series is heading to Revolt TV. Plus, NBC has ordered more episodes of Debra Messing’s “The Mysteries of Laura” in today’s television news roundup . . .
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Blake Shelton will host Nickelodeon’s annual Kids’ Choice Awards live on March 12, 2016. “The Voice” coach announced his hosting gig on Monday with a video announcement, in which he gets slimed (see below).
“I’ve been on countless stages throughout my life, but none have promised the madness, excitement and endless slime as Nick’s Kids’ Choice Awards, which is undoubtedly the ultimate party for kids,” Shelton said. “There is only one team here, and it’s Team Kids’ Choice so bring it on Nickelodeon!”
“I can’t wait to be bringing GGN to the next level by joining forces with the powerhouse Revolt TV,” Snoop said. “When we’ve got GGN on TV screens across the country, my people everywhere can get up close and personal with me — the one and only Snoop D-O-double G ya dig?!”
Short for “Double G News Network,” the series, which is currently on Snoop Dogg’s YouTube channel, showcases him chatting with some of the biggest names in music, offering a new spin on a late-night talk show. The first episode will feature Jamie Foxx, Schoolboy Q and Jhene Aiko.
NBC has ordered three additional episodes of “The Mysteries of Laura,” bringing the Season 2 episodic count to 16 total, Variety has confirmed. The Debra Messing crime dramedy remains a modest performer, averaging a 1.1 rating in adults 18-49 and about 7 million total viewers in same-day numbers this fall. Still, it’s been very consistent and seems to be a good fit with the network’s other Wednesday dramas (“Law & Order: SVU” and “Chicago PD”) and the lineup as a whole has been more competitive of late. Last week’s “Laura” hit a five-week high, likely cinching the order for extra episodes, which was first reported by Deadline.
Lifetime has ordered eight episodes of “Pitch Slapped,” a new real-life a cappella competition, which will premiere on Jan. 5, 2016 at 10:00 p.m. The docuseries will follow two competitive high school a cappella teams from New Jersey, as they work with the world’s best coaches and face off in weekly sing-offs. Deke Sharon, who served as the music director and arranger for the “Pitch Perfect” films, leads one of the teams, while performance coach Diana Preisler coaches the other.
“The National Dog Show Presented by Purina” is heading back to NBC on Thanksgiving day for the 14th annual holiday special. Co-hosted again this year by John O’Hurley and expert analyst David Frei, the canine competition will air at noon in all time zones. NBC’s Mary Carillo will report from the benching area and inside the ring, and Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir will also serve as reporters and digital contributors.
“I’m thinking a bit outside the box as I prepare for my favorite day of the year,” said O’Hurley. “While the judges look for excellence in a dog’s eyes, the coat, and the way they ‘stack,’ I’ll be watching each dog’s tail. A dog’s tail is attached to their heart, and with every wag, it shows how much love is being spread across the world on Thanksgiving.”
NBC has set Dec. 17 at 10:00 p.m. for its special episode of summer alternative series “Running Wild With Bear Grylls” featuring President Obama.
While doing their best to avoid bears, the commander-in-chief and famed survivalist visit Exit Glacier up close and will discuss the effects of climate change, new energy resources and how to maintain a clean environment, speaking about the importance of maintaining the beauty of the Alaskan wilderness for generations to come. The president calls his time with Grylls, “One of the best days of my presidency.”
Other guests to have appeared on “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” include Kate Winslet, Drew Brees, Kate Hudson, Zac Efron and Michelle Rodriguez.
The Hollywood Radio and Television Society (HRTS) will host a conversation with Dick Wolf and Chuck Lorre on creating some of television’s most successful, iconic and long-running programming. Part of HRTS’ annual Newsmaker Luncheon series, “Building A Kingdom, Then and Now…A Conversation with Dick Wolf and Chuck Lorre” will be moderated by former NBC entertainment president Warren Littlefield, who’s currently an exec producer on FX’s “Fargo.” The event will take place on Dec. 14 at The Beverly Hilton.
“Chuck Lorre and Dick Wolf are legendary producers still at the height of their game, continuing to build on decades of success with some of the best shows on television,” said HRTS President Eric Schrier, president of original programming at FX Networks and FX Productions. “They’ve seen the industry change in radical ways and yet never lost their touch for creating iconic series. We are honored to present this rare opportunity to learn from two of TV’s greatest creators.”
Rick Kissell contributed to this report.