PEACOCK NETWORK ADDS SILVER TO COLORS WITH PREMIERE OF NEW COMPETITIVE SPECIAL 'SECOND CHANCE: THE SEARCH FOR AMERICA'S MOST TALENTED SENIORS' ON JUNE 1
Published: May 21, 2003
Oscar Winner Shirley Jones, Barry Williams and Estelle Harris Serve as Celebrity Judges as Mario Lopez Hosts
BURBANK, Calif. -- May 21, 2003 -- Never has network TV seen a 69 Year Old Grandma rapping to Fifty Cent or an 80- year old Grandma playing the electric guitar. Senior citizens are finally being given their second chance with its new competitive special “Second Chance: America’s Most Talented Senior,” as celebrity judges Shirley Jones (“The Partridge Family”), Barry Williams (“The Brady Bunch”) and Estelle Harris (“Seinfeld”) will determine which competitor will win $25,000 which will be awarded on Sunday, June 1 (8-9 p.m. ET).
The announcement was made by Jeff Gaspin, Executive Vice President, Alternative Series, Longform and Program Strategy, NBC Entertainment.
As in NBC’s related series, “America’s Most Talented Kid,” Mario Lopez (“The Other Half”) will serve as host.
“Second Chance: America’s Most Talented Senior” will feature older Americans from across the country who will compete head-to-head in an overall talent contest. The categories will range from song and dance to the most exceptional and unusual acts.
Featured contestants include Vivian Smallwood, 69 (Mission Hills, California; Cordell Jackson, 80 (Memphis, Tennessee); Larry Scott, 60 (Monkton, Maryland); Jelsa Palao, 58 (Valley Village, California); Lambus Dean, 54 (Las Vegas, Nevada); Nian Cadman Dake, 60 (Phoenix, Arizona); Christine Gentry, 82 (Florence, Alabama); Al Raitano, 60 (Cave Creek, Arizona); Mary Allen, 77 (Carrollton, Texas), and Jerome Robinson, 53 (Las Vegas, Nevada).
The one-hour special will highlight the individual talent of the seniors, who will be scored by Oscar winner Jones (“Elmer Gantry”), Williams and Harris as the celebrity panel of judges. The judges will pick the winner who will receive a $25,000 cash prize.
The special will also include behind-the-scenes footage of the audition process.
“Second Chance: America’s Most Talented Senior” is a production of NBC Studios. Stuart Krasnow (“Dog Eat Dog,” “Weakest Link”) serves as the executive producer, and Peter Johansen (“The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn,” “The Martin Short Show”) co-executive produces.