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NBC orders up 'Celebrity Circus' series

BURBANK , Calif., Jan. 22 (UPI) -- NBC is planning a U.S. version of the international hit series "Celebrity Circus," a show that challenges stars to perform with professional circus troupes.

"This show will draw our favorite celebrities out of their comfort zone and into a stunning and magical circus environment that allows them to showcase their unseen skills," NBC's Craig Plestis said in a statement. "It's a fresh concept from our friends at Endemol and is unlike anything else currently in the TV landscape."

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"We are extremely excited to be bringing this show to American audiences," said David Goldberg, president of Endemol USA, which also produces NBC's smash hit game show "Deal or No Deal."

"Every week ('Celebrity Circus') will bring big thrills and bigger entertainment to our audience who can look forward to some very adventurous television," Goldberg said.

The competition reality series is currently being sold around the world and has had successful launches in Portugal and Argentina, NBC said.

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