NBC’s Ellen DeGeneres-produced, Steve Harvey-hosted breakout Little Big Shots, which showcases talented kids, is getting a spinoff featuring talent on the other end of the age spectrum. The network has ordered new series Little Big Shots: Forever Young, where “young-at-heart seniors will showcase their hidden talents, vibrant personalities and incredible wisdom.”
Like with the original comedy/variety series, the spinoff hails from Warner Horizon Television and is executive produced by DeGeneres and Harvey, who will host.
“We are excited to spotlight and celebrate the wit and wisdom of our elders,” said Paul Telegdy, President Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. “We can’t wait to see Steve Harvey in action with these incredibly vigorous and energetic seniors as they give him a run for his money with their unique talents, dynamic personalities and irresistible charms.”
Added Mike Darnell, President, Warner Bros. Unscripted and Alternative Television, “The idea of doing a follow-up to Little Big Shots focusing on seniors struck us as a no-brainer. Just like the kids, they have insane skills that will amaze and surprise you — not to mention the often hysterical (and sometimes shocking) things they say.”
Little Big Shots was a breakout for NBC when it launched last spring. While its ratings tapered off later on, it finished the 2015-16 season as the most watched new series, averaging 13 million viewers, and the No.1 new alternative series in 18-49.
NBC recently had success with another reality series featuring AARP-aged stars, Better Late Than Never, which was just renewed for a second season.
Little Big Shots: Forever Young is executive produced by DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman of A Very Good Production, Harvey and Gerald Washington of East 112th Street Productions, Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly and Andy Lassner,