The lockdown has forced media studios to get creative with programming. TBS has taken the challenge to heart with a slew of new, remotely-filmed programs. The latest entry on the list is Celebrity Show-Off, which is a talent show based on the Korean program My Little Television, to be hosted by Mayim Bialik, who played Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory.
Celebrity Show-Off will feature various artists from every genre of entertainment who will create self-shot content that will premiere online and vie for views and engagement with the audience. It's set to premiere June 23.
Craig Plestis, who was the one who brought the Masked Singer format to the US from Korean television, is responsible for Celebrity Show-Off as well. The program shares similarities with Tournament of Laughts, another remotely filmed show, this time hosted by SNL alum Jason Sudekis. The cast for Celebrity Show-Off includes Diplo, Ja Rule, Action Bronson, Gabi Butler, Dwight Howard, Travis Kelce, Nene Leakes, Jason Mraz, Kevin Smith, Tori Spelling, Bella Thorne, and Rumer, Scout, and Tallulah Willis.
The show will be aired on TBS's Youtube channel, where user engagement can be measured in terms of likes, comments, and shares. Plestis made the following remarks regarding the show.
"After discovering The Masked Singer and bringing it to American audiences, I have been on the lookout for interesting and innovative Korean formats. Celebrity Show-Off is exactly that - a fresh, fun series unlike anything else on television. It's a cutting-edge take on celebrity competition that will allow viewers to see their favorite stars in completely new ways, and put a smile on their faces in these trying times."
Fellow producer Tom Forman also mentioned that Celebrity Show-Off will not be a regular, run-of-the-mill singing or dancing show.
"We've all seen shows where stars are produced to dance, or sing, or compete. This isn't that. These celebrities are raw and unfiltered and no one knows what they'll do next. That means making the show is the most challenging thing ever, and watching it is pure joy."
So a Youtube channel where vloggers make up interesting content within the confines of their homes. How is this any different than what YouTubers have been doing ever since Youtube was a thing? Well, this time, it's film and television stars doing the vlogging! That was the twist that made Masked Celebrity stand out from the competition in the 'Singing contest' category, and that is clearly what TBS is hoping will make Celebrity Show-Off a hit with audiences.
With outdoor filming still posing a very real danger to the health of cast and crew, studios are scrambling to come up with ways to create content that minimizes danger, and homemade vlogging is the safest option right now. That does not mean traditional filmmaking has stalled completely. The challenge is to resume the filming of movies and shows while conforming to the demands of a new era of social distancing. This news arrives from The Hollywood Reporter.