With his wildly popular vlog still on hiatus in light of the coronavirus pandemic, David Dobrik has announced his next foray onto television: a dodgeball competition series for the Discovery Channel that’s set to premiere later this month.
Dodgeball Thunderdome will be set on a 14-acre, specially-constructed course, and will see athletes and sports newbies alike competing in the beloved playground game. The Hollywood Reporter notes the nine-episode series will conclude with a tournament of champions comprising winners from every past episode, with a $25,000 cash prize at stake. Every episode ahead of the finale will also allow viewers to enter a sweepstakes for $5,000 in cash, the Reporter reports — a nod to Dobrik’s famously generous YouTube giveaways.
Dobrik will co-host the series alongside E! correspondent Eric Lim and former NFL wide receiver Andrew Hawkins. The series, which premieres on Aug. 19, is being produced by Lionsgate‘s Pilgrim Media Group.
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In addition to Discovery, Dobrik has appeared on numerous linear shows for Nickelodeon, including as a judge on the competition series America’s Most Musical Family, co-host of the Teen Choice Awards, and as the host of a recent fan special for SpongeBob SquarePants.
“I’m super excited to be working with Discovery on Dodgeball Thunderdome,” Dobrik told the Reporter in a statement. “Dodgeball was always everyone’s favorite game in gym class and hosting this show brings back many sweaty memories of dominating in Vernon Hills.”
You can check out a teaser below:
Get ready to enter #DodgeballThunderdome! ☄️@DavidDobrik is the host of this all new gym class favorite turned epic competition series along with co-hosts @ErinLimOfficial and @Hawk premiering Wednesday Aug 19 at 9P on Discovery. Read more > https://t.co/maOcYfYbqh pic.twitter.com/1aaiuchj3U
— Discovery (@Discovery) August 4, 2020