Lights, camera, action … and bring your brushes and sticky rollers, too!
Inarguably, the dogs are the stars for the Beverly Hills Dog Show, with some Hollywood television and movie stars sprinkled in. From the land of golden statues and red carpet, the seven Best In Show finalists will once again walk a glitzy fashion show-esque runway in the finals of the competition, making it unlike any dog show and quite appropriate for its neighborhood.
This is the third year of the Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented by Purina and hosted by the Kennel Club of Beverly Hills. Once again, John O’Hurley and David Frei, the co-hosts, and Mary Carillo, the features reporter, will be a part of this show, just as they have been with the hugely successfully and widely-watched National Dog Show in Philadelphia on Thanksgiving Day for the past 17 years.
When they are done with their work, the 2019 Beverly Hills Dog Show will premiere on Easter Sunday, April 21, from 1-3pm ET and 10-noon PT. The broadcast will re-air on NBCSN throughout the year in 2019.
The folks hosting the national telecast on NBC also have come to have considerable star power amongst millions of dog show fans all over the country. All of them manage to stay busy between their Beverly Hills appearances, with more than their NDS work.
O’Hurley, of course, is best known as “J. Peterman” on “Seinfeld” which is now the #1 syndicated show in the world. John won a Screen Actors Guild Award for his work on “Seinfeld”, and his unique portrayal of the wry and witty “J. Peterman” led to dozens of advertising campaigns and industry awards.
He then became the first winner of Dancing with the Stars, the star in long-running engagements on Broadway starring as Billy Flynn in “Chicago”, and also in performing his hit one-man show, “A Man with Standards,” all over the country.
His own show demonstrates his versatility as an actor and television personality, as a Broadway star and advertising hero, and as one of People Magazine’s “Sexiest Men Alive.” His storytelling and musical talent reflect his status as well as a New York Times best-selling author (three books) and Billboard chart- topping composer (composer/pianist of two albums).
John was also host of the long-time popular game shows “Family Feud” and “To Tell The Truth”. His very recognizable voice can be heard as King Neptune on “SpongeBob Square Pants” and the Mayor on Disney’s hit “Phineas and Ferb.”
In 2012, he was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in recognition for his accomplishments in the Arts and Philanthropy.
But he calls the dog show “ … the happiest day of the year.” Further, he backs that up with his other related projects – three books about life lessons learned from dogs, including the most recent, “The Perfect Dog,” now on stage as a children’s musical.
Frei was once called “probably the most famous human in the world of canines.” For 27 years, he was the television voice of the Westminster Kennel Club, and has co-hosted the National Dog Show with O’Hurley since its first show in 2002.
He has been recognized with awards from the DWAA (AKC Distinguished Service Award), the World Dog Press Association, the Association of Purebred Dog Writers and Purina (Better with Pets Award). In 2018, he was named to the prestigious Dog Writers Association of America’s Hall of Fame.
Petside.com named him as Pet Person of the year and Dog Fancy Magazine included him in a retrospective, “45 People Who Changed the Dog World.” His two prize-winning books focus on his years of work and experience with therapy dogs. Of this, he says: “Dogs change the energy in the room. They get children and adults to smile, to talk, to think about something other than any challenges they may be having.”
Being America’s “dog guy” has brought him many appearances on network television news and magazine shows. Dogs have taken him to the White House for a visit with the President, for a ride on a float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, to ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange, to throw out the first pitch at two Major League Baseball games, to a role on HBO’s “Sex And The City” and even to an appearance as a pastry judge on the Food Network’s “Best In Show” cake-baking competition.
Carillo comes from the elite levels of professional tennis, like Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, but has made her mark as a star in the sports media world.
A longtime on-air personality for the National Dog Show, Westminster and the Beverly Hills Dog Show, she was inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame this past December as a member of the Class of 2018. In select company, Carillo was joined by 10 other legends who have significantly impacted the sports broadcasting industry within their respective fields: Gary Bettman, Bob Costas, Bill Fitts, Bud Greenspan, Peter Larsson, David Mazza, Gene Mikell, Jim Nantz, Neal Pilson, and Dick Vitale.
She is perhaps best known for her coverage of the Summer and Winter Olympic Games on NBC and is a presence at all the major tennis events for NBC and Tennis Channel. She is also the longest tenured contributor the acclaimed HBO series Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.
A lifelong dog lover and owner, Carillo worked the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in partnership with David Frei on USA Network for six years and the National Dog Show Presented by Purina in Philadelphia for most of its 17-year run.
At the 2015 National Dog Show Gala, Carillo made reference to her work on the Olympics, Westminster and The National Dog Show, telling a large audience with a twinkle in her eye, “Of all these major events I’ve covered in recent years, I have to say – the dog shows get the gold medals.”