Steve Harvey, who's survived the shame of accidentally announcing the wrong Miss Universe winner in 2015, has been taking on hosting gig after hosting gig. And one of his more recent offerings is NBC's Little Big Shots, which is basically a mercifully Bill Cosby-free version of Kids Say the Darndest Things mashed up with a talent show, where precocious kids from around the world show off their abilities, from singing to doing magic tricks. With two seasons of prodigy performances in the can, will Little Big Shots Return for Season 3? NBC hasn't made it official yet, but they seem to love the format. Because just a week after Little Big Shots' finale on June 14, the series' first spinoff, Little Big Shots: Forever Young, is premiering.
The series hasn't been officially renewed yet. But according to TVBytheNumbers shows that Little Big Shots' Season 2 ratings hover around 8 million viewers per episode, roughly the same as Season 1. That, combined with the the good faith show of the spinoff indicates that there's a good chance Little Big Shots will be back next March.
Little Big Shots is going on hiatus, regardless of its future. But TV is loving talented children these days. So check out these kid-centric shows that will have you seriously impressed with how these accomplished youths are spending their summer vacation.
America's Got Talent
People of any age can audition for this series, where a group of celebrities such as Howie Mandel and legendary reality competition curmudgeon Simon Cowell evaluate the abilities of regular people. Many of those regular people are kids who'd fit in well on Little Big Shots.
Gordon Ramsay is known for his incredibly tough mentorship, and while he keeps the language G-rated for this kid spinoff of the tough original competition, his exacting standards are no lower because the average age of participants is 10 years old. And these kids are cooking far above their grade level, with some impressive dishes that most adults would struggle to cook correctly on their first try.
The Toy Box
This twist on Shark Tank puts a panel of kids into the sharks' seats as adult entrepreneurs have to pitch their best ideas for toys and other products for children to a group of actual children (and to a group of industry experts, of course). Deciding on the fate and viability of consumer products? Oh, just a normal day in the life of some of the many kids on reality TV right now.
Project Runway Junior
These kids come prepared with a fashion vocabulary and a willingness to learn that often make them even better competitors than their adult counterparts. If anything, the stressful schedule of Project Runway resembles that of an overworked design student, so it's no wonder that these teens are prepared to drink cup after cup of coffee and deliver a completed design after the odd all-nighter.
As if navigating an adult-sized kitchen wasn't hard enough, these kids also have to deal with all of the normal Chopped pitfalls, from strange, unusable ingredients, to the dreaded ice cream machine (there is never enough time to churn two batches, folks!).
This series attempts to inspire girls to start their own businesses by taking a group of eight young companies and their female founders and giving them challenges meant to test their ideas and sharpen their skills. And if you know an up-and-coming "girlstarter," tell her the series is casting now for Season 2.
Lip-Sync Battle Shorties
An honorable mention: this series is still forthcoming, with a season order at Nickelodeon for 10 episodes. But there's been no announcement for a premiere date or even a host yet. However, since the adult version of the series is so popular, Lip-Sync Battle Shorties could be the next big thing in junior talent competitions.
These little ones are already making their names on screen; hopefully, Little Big Shorts Season 3 bring more adorable achievers to TV.