It was announced that Johh, Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Merchant will bring the Lip Sync battle to TV. Spike TV ordered a first season which will premiere April 2, 2015. THR reported the following story last year:
Spike TV is partnering with Jimmy Fallon, John Krasinski and Stephen Merchant to bring Lip Sync Battle to TV.
The Viacom-owned cable network has picked up the series based on Fallon’s regular late-night bit featuring celebrities going head to head and lip synching the song of their choice in a battle for bragging rights.
In addition to serving as executive producers, Fallon, Krasinski and Merchant will appear and perform on Lip Sync Battle. The series will tape in January in New York for a bow on Thursday, April 2, 2015. Additional information about the show’s host and participating talent will be announced later.
Spike’s Lip Sync Battle hails from Fallon’s Eight Million Plus Productions, Krasinski, Stephen, Rick Schwartz of Eight Million Plus, Jay Peterson of Matador and Casey Patterson, exec vp talent development and production at Viacom Entertainment Group. Emmy-winning Beth McCarthy-Miller (Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, The Sound of Music Live, Modern Family) will direct.
“Lip sync battling is one of the coolest things happening in pop culture right now and already has a huge fan base thanks to the amazing talent involved,” Patterson said. “We’re thrilled to be in business with producers as talented as Jimmy, John and Stephen as Spike broadens its programming in new and exciting ways.”
It was announced earlier this year that LL Cool J was set to host the series. THR released the following statement:
“Like the rest of the world, I’m a big fan of these battles, but this show is going to bring it to a whole new level,” the rapper-actor said. “I’m thrilled to be working with Jimmy Fallon, John Krasinski, Stephen Merchant and the entire team to host the show and can’t wait for the fans at home to join in!”