Spike TV preps “Lip Sync” spin-off for kids

Viacom-owned cable networks Spike TV and Nickelodeon have greenlit a kids-focused spin-off special of Lip Sync Battle (pictured), set to air across both networks later this year.
February 22, 2016

Viacom-owned cable networks Spike TV and Nickelodeon have greenlit a kids-focused spin-off special of Lip Sync Battle (pictured).

Produced by Casey Patterson Entertainment and Matador, Lip Sync Battle Jr. will feature children facing off against one another, and lip syncing to their favorite songs.

The junior edition is slated to air across both Spike and sister network Nickelodeon later this year. Viacom’s other brands, meanwhile, are also developing special editions of Lip Sync Battle events.

The original celebrity-studded format is hosted by LL Cool J and is based on a Tonight Show segment of the same name. It is produced by Casey Patterson Entertainment, Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon’s Eight Million Plus Productions, Matador and producers John Krasinski and Stephen Merchant.

In January, Spike renewed Lip Sync Battle for a third season, set to broadcast across the U.S. channel later this year.

UK commercial broadcaster Channel 5,  meanwhile, premiered its Whizz Kid Entertainment-produced version of the format in January.

Lip Sync Battle‘s multi-generational appeal is our favorite part of the show and the whole Lip Sync Battle family is very excited about developing a new music-based, comedy variety format to showcase how much our Lip Sync Battle kids rock,” said executive producers Casey Patterson and Jay Peterson in a joint statement.

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