Cannon Beach resident David Frei will co-host NBC’s fourth-annual “Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented by Purina,” airing on May 17 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, according to a press release.
The show also will feature John O’Hurley, who played J. Peterman on “Seinfeld,” according to the release.
Frei is an “American Kennel Club-licensed judge and expert analyst.”
Both Frei and O’Hurley also co-host the “National Dog Show Presented by Purina.”
“The ‘National Dog Show from Philadelphia’ and the ‘Beverly Hills Dog Show,’ both presented by Purina on NBC, are the only two network TV dog shows, and two of the four nationally telecast shows each year (the other two are on cable),” Frei told The Gazette.
“The two NBC-presented shows have the largest audiences, including 25 million-plus viewers for the long-established ‘National Dog Show.’”
The Gazette asked Frei to explain the difference between the Beverly Hills and the National dog shows.
“The Beverly Hills Dog Show, the newest of these four shows, is unique because of its inclusion on-site and in the telecast of a number of celebrities from the entertainment world and for its presentation in a red-carpet setting…,” Frei said.
“The show this year was taped on Feb. 29 and is being edited for presentation on April 5….”
Some of the celebrities who will appear on the show are Lauren Ash, Brian Baumgartner, Reece Caddell, Jade Catta-Preta, Olivia Culpo, Ester Dean and Bo Derek, according to the press release.
Also appearing on the show will be “Emmy Award-winning journalist, author and TV personality Maria Menounos, (who) will welcome two- and four-legged celebrity guests on the red carpet; NBC Sports correspondent Mary Carillo, will report from inside the showring; and “American Ninja Warrior” host Akbar Gbajabiamila, will provide behind-the-scenes access as digital contributor,” according to the release.
Frei said, “During that normal lead time in the taping/editing/broadcast schedule, the coronavirus outbreak happened and it necessitated many cancellations in the sports world (almost all sports, including dog shows nation-wide and internationally).
“Consequently, the telecast of the ‘Beverly Hills Dog Show’ will be the only original network sports programming of any kind on that date. So that adds to its already unique standing for 2020.”
The show will feature “more than 1,500 dogs representing 200 eligible breeds and varieties,” the release states.
“Two newly AKC-sanctioned breeds will compete to be top dog this year. The Barbet (sporting group) is a water dog from France with a long, sweeping tail, a dense coat of curly hair and a distinctive beard. The Dogo Argentino (working group) is a strong and intelligent hunting dog from Argentina, originally bred to hunt big game such as boar and mountain lion.”