Nickelodeon’s revamping its Nick at Nite sked and has turned to former net bigwig Albie Hecht and his prodco Worldwide Biggies to infuse the daypart with original programming.
Biggies has gotten the greenlight for My Family’s Got Guts, an original 20 x 30-minute game show series and two hour-long specials, and The First Annual Worldwide Fido Awards.
The series will be shot on location at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida beginning in August and is scheduled to premiere on Nick at Nite this fall. Each ep will feature a host and three teams of four players (two adults, two kids), who gather in the Extreme Arena to compete against each other in four rounds of games.
The show is based on original series Guts, which was hosted by Mike O’Malley and aired on Nickelodeon between 1992 and 1995. The half-hour action-sports game show allowed kid contestants to live out some of their greatest sports fantasies in a competitive arena.
The First Annual Worldwide Fido Awards, which may be the antithesis of the American Kennel Club as it aims to give kudos to the family mutt, is slated to air on Sunday, July 27. Playing into Biggies digital entertainment mandate, the canine competition kicks off on May 19, when viewers can upload videos of their dogs at www.WorldwideFido.com to compete in six categories and vote online for their top picks.
The contest culminates in a two-night television event that will reveal the winners in each category and ultimately the 2008 Worldwide Fido Award for best in show.