Ice, ice baby: NBC Sports’ figure skating analysts Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski will join NBC’s Super Bowl XLIX pre-game show.
“Johnny and Tara” burst onto the sports-broadcasting scene during the Sochi Olympics in February 2014. Since that debut, the duo has reported on style, luminaries and parties at some of televisions biggest events, including NBC’s coverage of the 2014 Kentucky Derby and the 2014 Academy Awards.
They will be based at the Super Bowl XLIX Tailgate Party, the official NFL pre-game party for VIP guests. They will interview celebrities who annually attend the NFL’s championship game and will also provide their own Super Bowl observations.
In step: choreographer, performer, singer and songwriter Paula Abdul and singer/songwriter/dancer Jason Derulo will join Nigel Lythgoe at the judges’ table, alongside returning host Cat Deeley, for the season 12 of “So You Think You Can Dance.”
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The upcoming season will feature a new twist in the competition: stage dancers vs. street dancers.
Lythgoe says, “Paula is an incredible artist and she brings the perfect combination of expertise and heart to the panel. Jason’s insight, humor and creativity will add a new perspective to the panel that we haven’t had before.”
Barking up the right tree: The “139th Westminster Kennel Club Show” trots into Madison Square Garden at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, on USA Network. David Frei will co-host the event with NBC Sports analyst Mary Carillo and NBCSN reporter Kelli Stavast.
USA is offering digital access starting at 5 a.m. Monday, Feb. 16. The live judging of all 192 breeds and varieties can be accessed online or on mobile devices at WestminsterKennelClub.org.
Isn’t it romantic?: WE tv introduces “Sex Box” to its Friday night line-up beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27.
The series takes therapy to a new level with couples not only discussing their relationship issues with a panel of experts, but also spending time in a camera-free, soundproof box on the show’s set to have sex…all in front of a live studio audience.