Nick at Nite will air the first annual Worldwide Fido Awards Sunday, Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. ET. The show will honor talented dogs in a variety of categories including “Best Dressed,” “Best Trick” and “Dog/Owner Look Alike.”
Actor and comedian Fred Willard will host the one-hour special event, which includes semifinalists such as a blues-singing beagle, a bull dog who can skateboard and flush the toilet on command and a Jack Russell terrier who can jump rope and walk up stairs backwards.
The program will showcase the six Fido finalists and best of WorldwideFido.com's user-generated videos, where one lucky dog will ultimately be crowned the 2008 Worldwide Fido winner. Fans can vote now on www.worldwidefido.com to determine the finalist in each of the six categories, including "Cutest Dog," "Best Dressed," "Best Voice," "Most Outrageous," "Best Trick" and "Dog/Owner Look-Alike."
"We're thrilled that comedy-great Fred Willard will be bringing his unique timing and sensibility to the Fido Awards," said Marjorie Cohn, executive vice president, production and development for Nickelodeon and MTVN Kids & Family Group, said in a statement. "From Anchorman to Wall-E, his appeal spans across all ages and audiences."
Albie Hecht, creator and executive producer of the awards said, "The Worldwide Fido Awards is a truly first of its kind event. By combining one of the internet's most popular viewing categories in dog videos with our expertise in creating compelling awards ceremonies for television, I believe the Worldwide Fido Awards will become a much anticipated, annual event."
Popular dog trainer-to-the-stars Tamar Geller will serve as one of the judges, while one very special dog will be presented the "Hero" Award, to honor invaluable services provided to humans. The show will also feature pooch performances throughout the evening.