USA Network has greenlighted First Impressions, a celebrity impression competition series starring SNL alum Dana Carvey, from Renegade 83 and Gaspin Media.

usa-networkCarvey will be the “expert-in-residence” in the unscripted comedic half hour that pits America’s best amateur impressionists against each other in a weekly battle of celebrity impression. The series will feature celebrity guests, and Carvey himself will mentor contestants and participate in the game play. Each week viewers will cast their votes to help crown a winner. Carvey, Jeff Gaspin, David Garfinkle and Jay Renfroe will executive produce.

“There is no better talent to mentor these contestants than the master of impressions, Dana Carvey,” said Jackie de Crinis, Executive Vice President of Original Programming, USA Network, “The expertise and humor that he will bring to the series is unsurpassed and we can’t wait to have his world famous celebrity impersonations on our network.”

“There are so many great impressionists and ‘First Impressions’ gives them an opportunity to showcase their talents,” said Carvey, “Besides, I’ve always enjoyed watching an impressionist nail somebody….as in capture their voice. Now I get paid to watch.”