NBC has ordered six one-hour episodes of "Thank God You're Here," a new improvisational comedy series from the producers of American Idol
. The show will be hosted by David Alan Grier
and presided over by judge Dave Foley
Each episode of "Thank God You're Here" showcases the improvisational skills of a group of fearless celebrities as they compete in a battle of wits and laughter to outdo each other's performance in various unexpected situations.
"This series is basically every adventurous performer's dream and we think the viewers can vicariously enjoy how they respond to their unforeseen predicaments," said Craig Plestis, Senior Vice President, Alternative Programming, Development and Specials, NBC Entertainment. "It has a daring, seat-of-your pants feel that's proven to be a big hit in its original Australian version."
Originated in Australia by Working Dog Productions, where the show earned blockbuster ratings and is now in its third season, "Thank God You're Here" is based on a simple premise: challenge celebrity guests to enter a door into their own comedy sketch they know nothing about. Whether it's an operating room, an Egyptian tomb, an executive boardroom, a far-flung starship or any other scenario, the only thing each celebrity can count on is their quick wit and a desperate greeting upon their arrival, "Thank God you're here!"