Local resident David Frei co-hosting national dog shows on TV

John O’Hurley (left) and David Frei flank a four-footed friend in this photo courtesy of NBC Universal.

Update: Due to post production delays, the 2020 Beverly Hills Dog Show, which was taped on February 29 and scheduled to air on Sunday, April 5 on NBC, will now air at a later date. NBC will broadcast the 2019 Beverly Hills Dog Show from 12:30-2:30pm ET (9:30-11:30am PT) during that time slot.

Cannon Beach resident David Frei is co-hosting NBC’s fourth-annual “Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented by Purina,” which will air April 5 at 9:30 a.m. Pacific Time, according to a press release.

The show will be co-hosted by 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 television 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. He said:

“The ‘Beverly Hills Dog Show,’ the newest of these four shows, is unique because of its inclusion onsite and in the telecast of a number of celebrities from the entertainment world, and for its presentation in a red-carpet setting…

“The show this year was taped on Feb. 29 and is being edited for presentation on April 5…”

Celebrities who will appear on the show include 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,” according to the network.

“NBC Sports correspondent Mary Carillo will report from inside the show ring and ‘American Ninja Warrior’ host Akbar Gbajabiamila will provide behind-the-scenes access as digital contributor.”

According to Frei, “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 nationwide 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 include “more than 1,500 dogs representing 200 eligible breeds and varieties,” said the release.

“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. He’s an agile athlete with a bright, friendly nature.

“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. He has a short, white coat and expressive face.”

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