ABC has set a Feb. 17 premiere date for its upcoming hidden camera series “Repeat After Me,” the network announced at Wednesday’s Television Critics Assn. in Pasadena.
The reality show, inspired by exec producer Ellen DeGeneres’ signature talkshow segment, marks the third Warner Horizon Television unscripted series pickup at ABC since Mike Darnell joined the studio as president of unscripted and alternative television. The other two were “Bachelor” spinoff “Bachelor in Paradise” and Mark Burnett’s “500 Questions.”
“Repeat After Me” will see host Wendi McLendon-Covey, star of “The Goldbergs,” guide celebrities, via earpiece, to interact with everyday people who aren’t aware they’re being filmed. The winning moment will be announced in front of a live studio audience at the end of each episode.
The pilot features Ellen Pompeo, Taye Diggs and Harry Connick Jr.
Along with DeGeneres, Ed Glavin, Andy Lassner, Kevin A. Leman II, Jason Goldberg, James Breen and Jeff Kleeman — all of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” — are executive producers. Warner Horizon Television will produce in association with A Very Good Production.
Watch a sneak peek of the premiere episode above.