NBC's My Dad is Better Than Your Dad
is a new “family-friendly competition series” that will have - you guessed it – fathers leading their respective sons and daughters through a series of mental and “stunt-driven” challenges in the hopes of winning big money, amazing prices and, of course, bragging rights. Hosting this series is MTV Sports
creator and former host Dan Cortese.
The show was created by Jon Hotchkiss is a production of Reveille, Mark Burnett Productions and Hotchkiss Industries. Serving as executive producers are Mark Burnett (Survivor, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?
), Roy Bank (Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?
), Howard Owens (The Biggest Loser
) and Hotchkiss (Penn & Teller: Bullshit!
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Burnett, whose previous work with NBC includes creating and producing the first season of The Contender
, believes that My Dad is Better Than Your Dad
will easily become a “worldwide family hit,” while Owens is certain that the show is very relatable, envisioning families that watch the program together will see “the bond between fathers and their children grow and become stronger through a series of unique challenges. It's that awesome and tight-knit relationship between families that will make this show special and fun for viewers all across the country."
NBC's executive VP of Alternative Programming, Development and Specials Craig Plestis, who first announced the show in September 2007, also has great confidence in My Dad is Better Than Your Dad
, and happy with the idea that the prize money can be used for the future education of the children.
“I also feel very confident because this series is in the capable hands of Reveille and Mark Burnett Productions, who are the 'big daddies' of the reality genre,” Plestis added.
Casting for My Dad is Better Than Your Dad
, which will have eight episodes for its debut season, kicked off in November at Los Angeles, California. Open auditions were also held in San Francisco and San Diego on December 1. The show is premiering on Monday, February 18 at 8pm ET/PT.
-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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