June 06, 2007 12:03 AM by Joe Blackmon
"The Next Best Thing: Who is the Greatest Celebrity Impersonator?," the
diabolically outrageous and raucously entertaining new alternative
series, presents celebrity impersonator auditions from New York,
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
Michele Merkin ("Foody Call," "Extreme Dodgeball") is host.
Comedians Jeffrey Ross ("Comedy Central Roasts," "The Aristocrats"), Lisa Ann Walter ("The Parent Trap," "Shall We Dance?") and Elon Gold ("Stacked," "Cheaper by the Dozen") use their razor sharp wit and comedic skills as they evaluate hundreds of impersonators from Elvises to Tina Turners to Marilyn Monroes. The judges will determine who moves on to the semi-finals, where the contestants will perform in front of a live audience at the famed Orpheum theatre in Los Angeles. Through a viewer voting system, America will ultimately vote on which finalist deserves the $100,000 grand prize and the title of The Next Best Thing.
New Wave Entertainment is a premier content development and production enterprise and one of the entertainment industry’s largest entertainment and marketing creative service agencies. Burbank-based New Wave is owned by principals Paul Apel and Alan Baral. Peter Engel Productions has produced over a thousand episode of weekly entertainment, including the teen mega-hit "Saved by the Bell."