Just two episodes into their first season, NBC has already renewed Little Big Shots for a second season. Hosted by Family Feud's, Steve Harvey, Little Big Shots is a show that highlights the talents of some amazing kids. Ellen Degeneres is an executive producer with a Very Good Production and Warner Horizon Television.
The first episode of Little Big Shots brought 14.8 million viewers for the premiere episode that first Sunday. Its sneak peek that aired before on March 8 captured 12.8 million viewers. The show is a bit reminiscent of Bill Cosby's Kids Say the Darndest Things that aired on CBS originally as a special in 1995, and then was brought back from 1998 and ran until 2000. Going even further back, Art Linkletter had a radio show and tv series that featured kids from 1945 to 1969, according to Wikipedia.
"Congrats to both Steve and Ellen for bringing these adorable kids to our attention and watching them flourish," said Paul Telegdy, NBC's president of alternative and late-night programming. "We couldn't be more excited about ordering a second season and having a national audience admire the remarkable feats of these exceptional children."
The first episode featured Titus from Derby, Kansas, a four-year-old basketball star, who has over 50-million viewers on YouTube. He corrects Steve, and tells him "they are way over a hundred!" Steve suggests the card is wrong, and that he "has cleaned it up."
"But I don't clean anything up! I only clean my room up!" quips Titus. He goes on to make every trick basket he shoots from different places- even from a suspended platform, high above the stage.
Also on the show was a six-year-old spelling bee prodigy, Akash, who could spell "pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanconiosis" beat Steve in a mini spelling bee. Two kids from Canada and Hong Kong, YouTube famous for singing "You Raise Me Up" on a talent show in China also appeared, as well as a mini- Bruce Lee named Ryusei.
On the 2nd episode, a four-year-old Evan, who could replicate notes and chords played without even looking, and who has only been playing the piano for three months, impressed the audience by playing Flight of the Bumblebee and Mozart's Alla Turca.
"I want to apologize to my seven children. Obviously, somewhere down the line I failed you miserably. This could have been you," Harvey points to the four-year old piano-playing prodigy. "But it ain't!"
Also featured were two salsa-dancing world champions, Beverly and Jonathan. A little five-year-old girl named Jiaying from Shenyang, China appeared and wowed the crowd with her ability to put a dog, a frog, lizard, chicken and bunny in a sleeping trance. A cute six-year-old boy from Iowa, named Jay, all dressed in blue, amused Steve Harvey and the audience with his short answers and infectious laughter. He conducted a gospel choir in the song, Oh, Happy Day.
Future show acts will include two New Orleans twins who play in a brass band, a gymnast, a dancer, an auctioneer and a 3-year-old ninja kid. You can watch the next episode on Sunday, March 20th on ABC. The NBC website also has the previous episodes that you can stream for a limited time.