National Dog Show 2015 TV Broadcast On Thanksgiving Day
New York, NY – The NBC Thanksgiving Day special, “The National Dog Show Presented by Purina,” will crown one of America’s great purebreds as its 2015 champion on Thanksgiving Day, bringing canine competition and entertainment into America’s living rooms for the 14th year.
The holiday special (noon-2 p.m. in all time zones) follows the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC and is watched annually by a total of more than 20 million viewers. Over 175 breeds and some 1,500 dogs vie for Best in Show honors in the tradition-rich Kennel Club of Philadelphia competition.
The special is a celebration of America’s fascination with man’s best friend, hosted by beloved TV personality John O’Hurley, best known as “J. Peterman” on Seinfeld. O’Hurley is joined by expert analyst David Frei, the voice of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on USA Network and America’s foremost authority on the sport.
The National Dog Show also boasts a powerful online presence at www.NBCSports.com and at www.NationalDogShow.com. Because of heavy interest from breed enthusiasts around the world, those platforms offer a look at every dog in the group competition, featuring the walks and judging of all the breed-winning canines. The online video will include extensive highlights from the TV special and video from the 13 past Best in Show winners. The sites will also feature behind-the-scenes photos and video, capturing all of the backstage energy generated by the eager, purebred canines.
Unlike traditional dog show coverage, the two-hour special’s unique content is facilitated by the open format of the event, one of only four remaining “benched” shows in which the dogs are on display all day for the visiting public.
The show will spotlight seven new AKC-recognized breeds, Lagotto Romagnolo, Spanish Water Dog, Berger Picard, Miniature American Shepherd, Cirneco dell’Etna, Boerboel and Bergamasco. All seven are making their major-event debuts in The National Dog Show and will be introduced to American viewers during the broadcast Thanksgiving Day.