NBC has ordered 6 hourlong episodes of “I Can Do That!” (working title), a comedy variety series where six celebrities will be asked to put on an entertainment show with skills they didn’t even know they had.
The series is scheduled to air this summer.
Comedian-actor-producer Marlon Wayans will serve as host. Celebrities participating are acclaimed dancer and choreographer Cheryl Burke, superstar recording artists Joe Jonas, Nicole Scherzinger and Ciara, national standup comedian Jeff Dye and actor Alan Ritchson.
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.
“I Can Do That!” will be produced by Universal Television. Executive producers are Audrey Morrissey, who serves as an EP on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning series “,” and Matilda Zoltowski, who helped launch “Strictly Come Dancing” in the U.K. and then was part of the original “ ” team when it arrived in the U.S. Rick Alvarez, Avi Armoza, Nehama Cohen, Elwin De Groot, Steve Harris and Marlon Wayans will also executive produce.
“I Can Do That!” was developed by Israel’s Armoza Formats, has established itself as a worldwide success and is currently in production in more than 15 countries, including Italy, Brazil, Spain, Finland and Mexico.
“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.”