Marlon Wayans will host and executive produce the new variety series I Can Do That! coming to NBC this summer. The network’s ordered six episodes of the hour-long series which also has Audrey Morrissey (The Voice), Matilda Zoltowski, Rick Alvarez, Avi Armoza, Nehama Cohen, Elwin De Groot, and Steve Harris on board as executive producers.
Among the celebrities who’ll be taking part in the six season one episodes are Cheryl Burke, Joe Jonas, Nicole Scherzinger, Ciara, Jeff Dye, and Alan Ritchson.
“We’re excited to watch our all-star cast rise to the challenges ahead in such a fresh, new way! 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, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment. “We’re equally thrilled to be working with a top creative team, led by Audrey Morrissey and Matilda Zoltowski, who have risen to their own challenge of reinvigorating the comedy-variety format, and exceeded our expectations.”
“I’m very excited to be in business with NBCUniversal, one of the greatest brands out there, and to be working with Paul Telegdy and the producing team of I Can Do That!. I am looking forward to doing a fun, entertaining show that hopefully America loves and enjoys. It reminds me of the shows I used to watch as a kid,” 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.”
Each week in front of a live studio audience, the six cast members (in teams of two) will put on a show featuring everything from song and dance to magic and danger.
The previous week the celebrities will watch three acts in the studio. The acts will span every variety of entertainment performance and at least one act per week will feature some of America’s biggest-name performers in a guest-starring role. If while watching the act a celebrities says “I Can Do That!,” they put themselves up for the challenge.
With their acts selected, the duos make their way into the training studio where they will work with their expert coach for five days to produce an amazing act to perform on next week’s show.
After a week of intensive training, the celebrities return to the stage to perform their act, impress the studio audience and each other in hopes of scoring the top slot on the night’s scoreboard.
With no judges or eliminations, I Can Do That! allows the cast to show off their untapped talents, develop a lasting camaraderie with their fellow stars and enjoy a little friendly competition along the way. After six weeks of exploring their own unique talent range, one cast member will be revealed as the season’s ultimate entertainer.
-By Rebecca Murray
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