HBO Max is trying to recover with a new dog grooming competition show.
The streamer has given the green light to “Hot Dog” (working title), a 12-episode, half-hour series that pit bulls, sorry, pits three dogs against each other in a “full creative competition in head-to-tail “featuring many different dog breeds.
“Hot Dog” is based on the book and social media platforms of dog grooming expert Jess Rona, and is from Jax Media and Nicolle Yaron of “Making It”.
According to HBO Max, WarnerMedia’s direct-to-consumer offering slated to launch in the spring, each episode will include imaginative challenges and out-of-the-box themes meant to highlight the best looks for man’s best friend. The series will feature commentary from famous guests and a host, while Rona leads the jury with the best dog groomer taking home a cash prize and a first place rosette.
Rona, who is the author of “Groomed”, has also appeared in television series such as “Drunk History” and “New Girl”.
“Jess Rona has made a name for herself as a celebrity dog groomer and it’s so fun to be able to bring her amazingly successful brand and online business to life in this way,” said Jennifer O’Connell, vice -executive president. from original non-fiction and children’s programming for HBO Max. “Expect a pure escape the whole family can watch together and cheer on their favorite dog with the most fabulous and creative trans-fur-mations.”
The series will be produced by Tony Hernandez of Jax Media, Brooke Posch and Séamus Murphy-Mitchell, as well as Yaron and Rona. Abi McCarthy received the showrunner necklace from the series.
“We are very happy to be working with Nicolle, Jess and HBO Max on this very important project. There is no better time to watch a dog take a bath than now,” lamented Jax Media partners Hernandez, Posch , Lilly Burns and John Skidmore.