On Easter Sunday, April 16 at 8/7c, USA Network will air the inaugural telecast of the Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented By Purina. Over 1,000 dogs from more than 150 eligible breeds will compete in the new show, and canine contestants will also walk an awards-show style red carpet after group judging. Created by NBC Sports Group in a multi-year agreement with the Kennel Club of Beverly Hills and Purina, the two-hour television presentation will include special features depicting canine life in Beverly Hills, as well as the traditional dog show judging of breeds and groups. The evening will culminate with the crowning of Best in Show – and will also feature the seven Best in Show finalists walking a fashion-show style runway while the judge decides the champion.
The competition, which is co-hosted by legendary dog show judge David Frei and actor John O'Hurley, will also will feature Olympic medalists Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski as correspondents on the show's red carpet and sports icon Mary Carillo reporting from backstage. Lisa Vanderpump (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Vanderpump Rules) will present the Best in Show award, and E! News Co-Host Maria Menounos will be on hand interviewing attendees about how their dogs are the stars of their families.