After 20 seasons on MTV’s The Challenge, Johnny “Bananas” Devenanzio is staying home to film his own weekly talk show, which will air on some NBC stations after SNL on Saturday nights.
The show is called Celebrity Sleepover, and a press release described it as “a place where your friends are your favorite celebrities, the games are for adults only, and you can eat and be merry to your heart’s content.”
Bananas hosts it barefoot, as its trailer reveals.
Celebrity Sleepover was filmed remotely and “shot from his own living room,” according to a press release, which tries very, very hard to make this sound fascinating:
Johnny remains the life of the party, and invited guests and viewers get to take part in every sleepover challenge imaginable. Whether he’s competing in the ultimate food dare, sharing the spookiest story, dabbling in the kitchen to create the best in midnight munchies, or mastering the most elegant cocktail, Johnny gives fans a reason to stay up late.
This photo of Johnny’s living room set makes the show look like it was inspired by Watch What Happens Live, and thus I think it’s safe to say all of this is Andy Cohen’s fault:
The show is produced by LXTV, which describes itself as “a division of NBCU Owned Television Stations,” and its VP Marni Sabia said in a press release that “Johnny brings an infectious sense of fun to every single conversation and has the uncanny ability to find an instant connection with everyone.”
Sabia also calls it a “genre-bending show.” 🤣🤣🤣
Bananas said in the press release, “As my fans know, I’m always up for a good challenge, and talking to celebrities from the comfort of my living room and theirs, was the perfect distraction during my time at home. This show has everything—it’s fun and it’s like nothing else in late night—and it’s PJ-rated. Who else can say that!”
Alas, there are just four episodes of all this fun. They premiere April 3, and will air on “on NBC-owned television stations” and “more than 200 NBC affiliates across the country” after SNL. That’s the same timeslot as 1st Look, which Bananas has hosted since 2018.
Here are the episode descriptions for each of the “four fun-filled installments” of Celebrity Sleepover:
Johnny Bananas is joined by ‘90s teen star turned TV host, Tiffani Thiessen, to play a gut wrenching game of Food Dares; comedian Kerry Coddett spooks Johnny with an expertly concocted scary story; and celebrity chef Anne Burrell shows Johnny up while making pizza with a twist.
Johnny Bananas spills ALL the tea with the Real Housewives of Atlanta Cynthia Bailey; reality star Justina Valentine takes “Robot Johnny” on a wild ride through NYC; and Johnny recreates crazy viral food recipes to see if they’re truly legit.
Johnny Bananas rocks out with legendary Van Halen frontman, the red rocker Sammy Hagar, where they spend the night reminiscing about Eddie Van Halen, aliens, and Sammy teaches Johnny how to make the perfect margarita; Comedian Dariany Santana and fitness trainer to the stars Isaac Boots dance the night away to nostalgic sleepover movies; The original cast of MTV’s Real World: New York stop by the sleepover to party.
Johnny Bananas sits down with comedic icon and host of “The Margaret Cho” podcast Margaret Cho who breaks down doing stand-up during a pandemic; Johnny gets into the heads of MTV’s The Challenge All-Stars; and chef Anne Burrell and Johnny make a mess in the kitchen with a game of “Who Knows Italian Better.”
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