The CBS veteran reality hit Undercover Boss has been conspicuously absent from its summer schedule, and now we know why. The network today announced Undercover Boss: Celebrity Edition, a spin on the series that will premiere on Monday, May 11. Check out the promo above.
The new take — which got a two-episode tryout in May 2017 — will feature such familiar faces as Olympian Gabby Douglas, Frozen star Idina Menzel, YouTuber Bethany Mota, and NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders. How will they avoid being recognized by their “employees”? CBS has that covered:
Yes, the bosses will be disguised with state-of-the-art prosthetic makeup and custom-made wigs, which the network said took an average of 2 1/2 hours to apply. Douglas, Menzel, Mota and Sanders are the stars of the show’s first four episodes; more will be announced later.
“Imagine if your idol could walk a mile in your shoes, recognize your special ability, and change your life forever,” series exec producer Greg Goldman said. “This is what you’ll see this season on the celebrity edition of Undercover Boss – along with state-of-the-art disguises, trickier undercover situations – and the greatest payoffs yet.”
Undercover Boss and the Celebrity Edition are produced by Studio Lambert/All3Media America.
It’s not the first time CBS has gone the celebrity route with a hit reality franchise. Along with last year’s two star-led episodes of Undercover Boss, featuring singer Darius Rucker and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson, it also counter-programmed NBC’s Winter Olympics this year with Celebrity Big Brother.
Here is the schedule so far for Undercover Boss: Celebrity Edition:
FRIDAY, MAY 11 (Season Premiere)
- Gabby Douglas – Two-time U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team member, three-time Olympic Gold medalist, a two-time New York Times bestselling author, and one of the most celebrated Olympic gymnasts of all-time. Douglas goes undercover to discover incredibly gifted gymnasts and coaches.
FRIDAY, MAY 18
- Idina Menzel – Tony Award-winning iconic Broadway star and multi-platinum recording artist and actress who is celebrated for singing Let It Go, the international phenomenon from the animated feature film Frozen. Menzel goes undercover to find Broadway’s next amazing talents.
FRIDAY, MAY 25
- Bethany Mota – YouTube sensation and author with more than 12.7 million subscribers and over one billion views who is one of the most powerful and inspiring voices in social media. Mota goes undercover to identify up-and-coming YouTube talent.
FRIDAY, JUNE 1
- Deion Sanders – Pro Football Hall of Famer, eight-time Pro Bowler, two-time Super Bowl champion and current NFL Network analyst who was one of the most electrifying athletes in the NFL and MLB. Sanders goes undercover to find amazing football coaches.