Thursday, November 28, 2019

VIMN Promotes Ben Frow as UK Director of Programmes

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has named Ben Frow as director of programmes for its UK operations, promoting him with an expanded brief that involves being responsible for all content for the company’s TV networks and associated streaming services in the UK.

The former Channel 4 exec will take up the new role with immediate effect, reporting in due course to the incoming President of VIMN’s operations in the UK, Northern and Eastern Europe, former ITV executive Maria Kyriacou.

The promotion means Frow will add Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, and Paramount Network to his existing remit as director of programmes for Channel 5.

With control of Viacom’s entire UK content budget, Frow will be tasked with better aligning editorial strategy between the brands to increase content sharing opportunities across the portfolio, as well as with maximising commercial impacts across its owned and operated streaming platforms in the region, such as My5, in addition to its linear TV networks and third-party Video on Demand (VOD) platforms, according to VIMN. He will also focus on developing formats that can be deployed across Viacom’s branded networks internationally.

Viacom said that the restructuring of management roles would mean a more efficient deployment of its resources that would release extra funding for original commissions for each of the brands in its portfolio.

David Lynn, recently appointed President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of VIMN, said: “Ben is a creative tour-de-force who has transformed Channel 5’s reputation and helped it to outperform its competitors while becoming sustainably profitable for the first time. There really is no one better qualified to take the creative helm of our UK brand portfolio at what is a transformational time for our business. I’m very confident this cross-brand, cross-platform editorial structure, under Ben’s direction, will set us up optimally for further success in the UK’s intensely competitive and fast evolving media market.”

Frow said: “I love a challenge, and the chance to work across a bigger portfolio is irresistible. This new role gives me, and the teams, the opportunity to be even more creative, even more imaginative, even more ambitious across some of the biggest brands in television. What’s not to like!”

The promotion comes ahead of the closing date for the US$30 billion Viacom and CBS Corp. merger, and hours after British regulator Ofcom said it was satisfied that the ViacomCBS merger would not adversely impact C5’s commissioning commitments in the UK.

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Sources: Digital TV Europe, Realscreen, Deadline, C21 Media; H/T: Special thanks to RegularCapital WarnerMedia Animation News for the news!
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SpongeBob’s Top 9 Funniest Family Moments! πŸ‘ͺ SpongeBob SquarePants

SpongeBob’s Top 9 Funniest Family Moments! πŸ‘ͺ SpongeBob SquarePants

JANET? MARTY? WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE? From Patrick’s “parents” to Boys Who Cry singing at Pearl’s 16th birthday, here are the 9 funniest scenes featuring family members from SpongeBob SquarePants!

CALLING ALL GOOFY GOOBERS! (ROCK!) Are ya ready for a deep dive into the world of SpongeBob SquarePants? The SpongeBob YouTube channel is THE PLACE for all fan-favorite SpongeBob moments! We’re serving up everything from legendary scenes to remixes of classic songs to deep dives into Bikini Bottom lore. Be sure to check back every week for Music Mondays, Wumbo Wednesdays, and Flashback Fridays! Subscribe now at!

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Thomas & Friends | Christmas Special | Daisy's Perfect Christmas | Kids Cartoon

Thomas & Friends | Christmas Special | Daisy's Perfect Christmas | Kids Cartoon

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Thomas & Friends "Big World! Big Adventures!" is airing now on Milkshake! in the UK and on Nickelodeon USA!

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Turkey Two-Step Thanksgiving Dance πŸ¦ƒ w/ PAW Patrol, Dora, Blue & Bubble Guppies! | Nick Jr.

Turkey Two-Step Thanksgiving Dance πŸ¦ƒ w/ PAW Patrol, Dora, Blue & Bubble Guppies! | Nick Jr.

Ready to strut your stuff to the Turkey Two-Step song? Join your Nick Jr. friends, PAW Patrol, Dora the Explorer, Blue, the Bubble Guppies and more, in this turkey jam and boogie-woogie, squiggle-wiggle, and peck to the beat! Catch more from your favorite Nick Jr. friends on Nickelodeon and Nick Jr.!

Catch Blue and Josh from Blue’s Clues & You!, Marshall from PAW Patrol, Shimmer from Shimmer and Shine, SpongeBob SquarePants and the Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! Live on Thanksgiving Day! Check local listings to find out when and where to view the parade! Click the following link for all the PAWsome info!:

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Episode 9: Psychic Convention | My Dad The Rock Star | KEEP IT WEIRD

Episode 9 | My Dad The Rock Star | KEEP IT WEIRD


Willy is faced with having to pass a crucial math test that will determine whether he has to go to a “summer school” self-guided class that has just one other student, his nemesis, Buzz. Just as Willy tries to settle down and study, events conspire against him when Crystal insists on taking the family to psychic fair. There, a psychic predicts that Willy will lose something important, and fail at something important.

Although freaked out by the weirdness of the psychic, Willy dismisses her predictions…until he arrives home and discovers that Mosh has apparently run away, allegedly after eating Mr. Kant’s cat and dog.

Kant is up in arms, and has called in the Animal Control department, who have vowed to use deadly force on poor old Mosh. Finding it hard to concentrate under the circumstances, Willy does poorly with his homework. He grows ever more certain that the psychic is right, and seems resigned to failing his exam – until Q and Alissa step in, determined to help Willy find Mosh before the animal catchers do. Through sheer determination, Willy succeeds in finding his beloved reptile pal in the nick of time Realizing at last that his fate is in his own hands, Willy studies hard to the math exam – and aces it, leaving Buzz to his own devices in the remedial summer math program!

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Kan Luca de raadsels ontrafelen? | De Ludwigs: Challenges #5 | Nickelodeon Nederlands

Kan Luca de raadsels ontrafelen? | De Ludwigs: Challenges #5 | Nickelodeon Nederlands

Tijdens deze laatste challenge heeft Eliyha drie raadsels voor Luca (Yara). Luca vindt deze raadsels erg lastig, maar samen met de andere Ludwigs komt ze er wel uit. Luca heeft achteraf ook een raadsel voor Eliyha en die is wel heel erg zoet!

In de challenges neemt de cast van de Ludwigs je als kijker mee: ze proberen hun collega’s voor de gek te houden met een raadsel of puzzel. Vervolgens laten ze je zien hoe je zelf thuis met je vrienden dit raadsel of deze puzzel kan oplossen.

Cast list:
Sam – Cedric van den Abbeele
Yara – Luca Hollestelle
Benny – Timo Verbeek
Anoosha – Rosaine Lantink
Daniel – Yassine El Ouardi
Nigel – Eliyha Altena

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Nicktoons USA to Premiere 'Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' on Wednesday, November 27, 2019




It’ll take the unlikely unification of the Dark Knight and the Heroes in a Half-shell to overcome combined villainous forces afoot in Gotham City in the all-new, feature-length animated thriller, Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, Nickelodeon and DC, the film will premiere on Nicktoons USA on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT)

Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles finds Gotham City reaching new levels of danger when Shredder joins forces with Ra’s al Ghul to enact a nefarious plan – leading to the team-up of the Dark Knight and the Turtles to combat the combined might of the Foot Clan and League of Assassins!

The Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles all-star cast is led by Troy Baker (Batman: Arkham Origins, The Last of Us) as the voice of both Batman and the Joker – making Baker the first actor to ever play both roles in the same film. Opposite Baker are the Ninja Turtles themselves – Emmy Award/Golden Globe Award/SAG Award winner Darren Criss (American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, Glee) as Raphael, Kyle Mooney (Saturday Night Live) as Michelangelo, Baron Vaughn (Grace and Frankie) as Donatello, and Eric Bauza (Looney Tunes Cartoons, The Woody Woodpecker Show) as Leonardo.

Update (11/28) - What did you think of Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Vote in the poll below!:

The Smith Kids Perform Medley on 'America's Most Musical Family' | Sneak Peek | Nickelodeon

The Smith Kids will totally blow your mind with this mash-up πŸ™Œ Catch brand new America's Most Musical Family Friday at 7p/6c, only on Nickelodeon and YTV!

The Smith Kids Practice Singing "Feel It Still/Sucker" Mash-Up | America's Most Musical Family

The Smith Kids were feeling a little under the weather πŸ€’ but they still killed it on this rehearsal of "Feel It Still/Sucker" mash-up by Portugal the Man and The Jonas Brothers! Catch their full performance on the AMMF stage on Friday at 7/6c on Nickelodeon!

Who was your favorite family band in episode four of Nickelodeon's brand new music competition series America's Most Musical Family? Vote in the poll here!:

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Is Pete Getting Flirty with Debbie Gibson?

American singer and song-writer Debbie Gibson joins Pete McMurray on air to talk 2019 Thanksgiving Parade, being a celebrity judge on Nickelodeon’s America’s Most Musical Family, how Debbie and Pete know each other and much more!

Debbie Gibson has proven she’s an entertainer of immeasurable talent. From singer, songwriter and musician to actress and dancer, she embodies what it truly means to be an entertainer. A music prodigy, Gibson burst on the Billboard Pop Charts at the tender age of 16 with the self-penned “Only In My Dreams.” The “Original Pop Princess” quickly became the youngest artist ever to write, produce and perform a No. 1 hit song, “Foolish Beat,” and entered the Guinness Book of World Records. To date, she is still the youngest female to hold that record. Gibson has sold more than 16 million albums worldwide, performed for British Royalty and hosted “The American Music Awards,” produced by friend and legend Dick Clark.

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About America’s Most Musical Family!

America’s Most Musical Family is a brand new singing competition on Nickelodeon that showcases the most talented and brilliant family performers! On the AMMF YouTube channel Ben Azelart will be your backstage digital host, and you can expect the same OTT energy you love from Ben as he plays games, pranks, and conducts exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews with your favorite singing families and judges. Expect some cameo appearances from the AMMF panel of judges like uber-popular YouTuber David Dobrik, Grammy Award-winning singer Ciara, 80’s pop icon Debbie Gibson, and on-air host Nick Lachey from the multi-platinum-selling boyband 98 Degrees. Tune in every week for new content from Ben and to watch your favorite performances from each round of the competition!

America’s Most Musical Family airs Fridays at 7:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon USA and YTV Canada and 7:30pm on Nickelodeon UK & Ireland!

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Originally published: Wednesday, November 27, 2019.
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Nickelodeon's November + Thanksgiving 2019 Continuity: Global Edition

Check out a super selection of Nickelodeon's November and Thanksgiving presentation (including idents, bumpers, trailers and BUGs/DOGs) from Nickelodeon channels around the world! (latest videos towards the bottom):

Nickelodeon USA

Nickelodeon HD Thanksgiving Bumper 2019 - Scary Hand Turkey

Nick HD Thanksgiving Bumper 2019

Nickelodeon HD US Thanksgiving Eve Continuity 2019

Thanksgiving Eve on Nick - Christmas Adverts 2019

Nickelodeon International

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Originally published: Saturday, November 23, 2019.
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Nickelodeon Stars Volunteer at The Salvation Army and Nickelodeon's 2019 Feast of Sharing

Ryan Alessi and Chinguun Sergelen snap a photo at The Salvation Army and Nickelodeon’s Feast of Sharing on Tuesday (November 26) in Los Angeles, California.

The All That actors were joined by their co-stars Gabrielle Green, Lex Lumpkin, and Aria Brooks, as well as Cheryl Chase (aka the voice of Angelica Pickles on Rugrats), MatPat Tony Hale (Sanjay and Craig, Veep, Arrested Development), MatPat (host of Fact or Nicktion), Nat Faxon, Tommy Dewey, Ashley Spillers and Ruben Garfias.

“Happy to volunteer for the @Nickelodeon Feast of Sharing Thanksgiving dinner. 🍁,” Ryan captioned a photo with Chinguun and Aria.

The next day, Aria, the latest actor to join the All That gang, celebrated her 13th birthday!

“Happy Birthday πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸŽ‚ Aria is officially a teenager!! Thank you everyone for your birthday wishes ❤️❤️❤️,” her mom shared on her Instagram account along with a birthday video.

Happy Birthday Aria Brooks!!

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Original source: Just Jared Jr.; Photos: Getty.
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'44 Cats' Expands Licensing Program in North America

44 Cats, produced by Rainbow Group and airing on Nickelodeon channels globally, is expanding its publishing program in North America with board books, storybooks and early readers from HarperCollins Children's Books! This brand licensing deal was brokered by The Joester Loria Group and Branding Stream for the USA and Canada respectively.

HarperCollins Publishers, one of the largest consumer book publishers in the world, is adding 44 Cats to their impressive portfolio of the top children’s brands. HarperCollins will release 44 Cats: Meet the Cats featuring the Buffycats - Lampo, Milady, Pilou and Meatball – the lead characters in 44 Cats, in March 2020.

The 44 Cats television series debuted in the United States on June 10th, on Nickelodeon and is in frequent rotation on Nickelodeon, Nick Jr. and Nicktoons. Daily Canadian broadcasts launched on Yoopa (French-speaking) and on Treehouse with weekday airings and on YTV during weekends (English-speaking).

“We are very excited to be partnering with Rainbow for a robust publishing program that we hope will entertain and delight 44 Cats fans everywhere. These cats are poised for success in our tried and true formats for preschoolers. The power of the 44 Cats brand grows stronger by the day and the character’s global appeal will be sure to keep these cats in homes (and stores) for a long time,” said Alexandra West, Associate Editor for HarperCollins Children’s Books.

In addition, 44 Cats is partnering with Zak Designs, a global leader in licensed dinnerware, drinkware and on-the-go-beverageware for licensed products. Like the publishing deal, this brand licensing deal was also brokered by The Joester Loria Group and Branding Stream.

The series made its world debut on Rai Yoyo in Italy (locally titled 44 Gatti) in November 2018 and is enjoying tremendous popularity throughout the world, with a second series already in production. The 52 x 13’ series is an explosive mix of music and cuteness that deals with edutainment themes such as tolerance, diversity and altruism, combining positive values, action and comedy in a sophisticated CGI production. The show, which appeals to preschoolers and children aged 4 – 7, follows the adventures of Lampo, Milady, Pilou, and Meatball - four adorable kittens who are part of a music band named The Buffycats - helping others and always finding creative solutions to everyday hitches.

44 Cat’s brand licensing programs are managed by The Joester Loria Group in the United States and Branding Streams in Canada.

The series is produced by Rainbow in collaboration with Antoniano Bologna and Rai Ragazzi.

44 Cats has just been awarded the Golden Dolphin for Best Animated Series in the overseas category at the Cyber Sousa Competition as part of the 12th edition of Xiamen International Animation Festival, China’s most influential festival for animation and comics. The XIAF is supported by ASIFA (Association Internationale du Film d’Animation) and ASIFA-CHINA, and promotes the development of the animation industry, comics and video games boosting information technology’s application and international exchange. The award is a further recognition for the whole team at Rainbow, already working on a second 52 x 13’ season and delivering a top quality show that is quickly growing into a preschool classic.

Sources: License Global, Licensing Magazine.

Kel Mitchell to be a Contestant on 'Dancing with the Stars' 2019

ABC has announced the exciting news that comedian, actor and Nickelodeon legend Kel Mitchell will be a contestant on the 2019 season of the network's hit dancing competition series Dancing with the Stars!

Update (11/27) - A huge congratulations to Kel Mitchell and Ally Brooke (The Casagrandes theme song), who came a very respectable second and third place in Dancing with the Stars 2019, respectively!

Joining Kel on the 28th season of Dancing with the Stars will be: country music star Lauren Alaina; supermodel Christie Brinkley; pop star Ally Brooke; The Bachelorette's Hannah Brown; TV host Karamo Brown; TV star Kate Flannery; NFL Hall of Famer Ray Lewis; two-time NBA champion Lamar Odom; former Trump White House press secretary Sean Spicer; TV icon James Van Der Beek; and The Supremes star Mary Wilson, along with professional dancers Brandon Armstrong, Lindsay Arnold, Alan Bersten, Cheryl Burke, Witney Carson, Val Chmerkovskiy, Sasha Farber, Jenna Johnson, Daniella Karagach, Keo Motsepe, Peta Murgatroyd, Pasha Pashkov, Gleb Savchenko and Emma Slater.

The new celebrity cast, announced this morning on ABC’s Good Morning America, is adding some glitzy bling to their wardrobe, breaking in their dancing shoes and readying themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, as the show kicks off Monday, September 16, 2019 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT) on ABC.

For the first time ever, viewers will have to tune in to the season premiere to find out with whom their favorite professional dancers are paired. This season also features the return of a loved pro, Peta Murgatroyd, and two new professional ballroom dancers. Episodes can also be viewed the next day on, the ABC app and Hulu.

Kel Mitchell is a two-time Emmy Award-nominated actor, producer and stand-up comic hailing from the Windy City of Chicago, Illinois. Currently, Mitchell is executive producing and appearing in the new iteration of the beloved Nickelodeon sketch series All That with his fellow alum Kenan Thompson, bringing him full circle since he got his big break and won several awards for the original show. All That was Nickelodeon’s longest-running live-action series with 171 episodes across 10 seasons from 1994 to 2005. The franchise paved the way for a number of successful spinoffs, including Kenan & Kel (starring Mitchell and Thompson), The Amanda Show (starring Amanda Bynes), The Nick Cannon Show and the feature-length film Good Burger (starring Mitchell and Thompson), all of which cemented the show’s and Mitchell’s impact on pop culture.

Additionally, Mitchell is the host of the heart-warming TV series Tails of Valor, which takes a look at true stories of service animals working to change people’s lives. The show airs on CBS Saturday mornings. He also recently starred as Double G, an impulsive and unpredictable billionaire rapper on Nickelodeon's Game Shakers. Other acting credits include Nickelodeon series Sam & Cat and The Thundermans, Nicktoons USA's Wild Grinders, TRU TV’s Friends of the People, Cartoon Network’s Loiter Squad, TV One’s Love That Girl, as well as Disney Channel’s Liv & Maddie, PBS' Clifford the Big Red Dog, and Netflix's Veggie Tales.

Kel is perhaps most famous among fans for his portrayal of orange soda-loving genius Kel Kimble on Kenan & Kel and "Ed" the Good Burger guy on All That.

Mitchell is married to wife Asia Lee, who he has one child with, Wisdom, who they welcomed in July 2017. He also has two children, son Lyric and daughter Allure, from a previous marriage.

Additionally, Mitchell wrote and directed the faith-based, anti-bullying film She Is Not My Sister, and also directed several music videos. When he is not acting, writing or directing, Mitchell speaks to youth across the country encouraging them to follow their dreams.

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Kel isn't the only star with a Nickelodeon history competing on this season's Dancing with the Stars! Dawson’s Creek star James Van Der Beek once appeared in an episode of Clarissa Explains It All, where he gave Melissa Joan Hart her first on-screen kiss!

Dancing with the Stars U.S. version of the hit UK dancing competition series Strictly Come Dancing.

Wishing Kel and everybody competing on this season of Dancing with the Stars the best of luck! :)

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'Dancing With the Stars': Kel Mitchell Pens Message After Losing Mirrorball Trophy to Hannah Brown

Kel Mitchell is sending love to pro partner and "little sis" Witney Carson after #TeamDanceWitKel came in as runners-up in Monday's Dancing With the Stars Season 28 finale. Hannah Brown and pro partner Alan Bersten may have ended up taking home the mirrorball trophy, but Mitchell had no regrets when it came to ending his time on the show with a energetic freestyle to “Jump” by Kriss Kross.

Sharing a photo of himself and Carson beaming in their matching "K+W" jerseys from their final dance, the Nickelodeon star took to the caption to show all his appreciation for the woman who had been by his side throughout the ups and downs of his DWTS journey.

"Hey Little Sis! Young WC!" Mitchell began his note. "[Witney Cartson], it was such a pleasure working with you on [Dancing With the Stars] we laughed, we cried, we prayed together and most importantly had fun!"

"It was an amazing journey that I will never forget and last night was epic, our freestyle represented my hometown Chicago and it was awesome seeing you smile so big while Chicago footworking!" he continued. "Our freestyle dance was a celebration of all our hard work on this season! We are winners and we stay winning everyday! Continued success and blessings to you and your family Wit! #teamdancewitkel #teamJesus #countitalljoy"

Brown was quick to chime in and congratulate her runners-up, writing, "#teamJesus y’all were amazing!!"

Saturday Night Live's Kenan Thompson, Mitchell's longtime comedy and producing partner, gushed, "Bro!!! You did that!!! We’re all so proud of you!!! Congratulations @iamkelmitchell on a great run!!!!"

Even former White House Press Secretary and DWTS alum Sean Spicer had kind words for Mitchell, writing, "You and @witneycarson crushed that freestyle. You guys ended the season on the highest note."

Carson has yet to address the close call in the finale on social media, but prior to Monday's finale shared a heartfelt message to her partner on Instagram.

"Tonight is the night you guys!!!!! I’m so proud of everything we’ve accomplished together [Kel Mitchell]!" she wrote. "You have been such an incredible student, teammate, & big brother. You are a true [star] & I cannot wait to dance with you tonight! It’s gonna be one to remember!"


From PopCulture:

'Dancing With the Stars' Pro Witney Carson 'Not Mad' About Second Place With Dance Partner Kel Mitchell (Exclusive)

Dancing With the Stars pro, Witney Carson came so close to winning the Mirror Ball trophy yet again, but she is certainly not mad about coming in second to former Bachelorette, Hannah Brown and her partner, Alan Bersten. After getting paired with Nickelodeon star, Kel Mitchell this season, the professional ballroom dancer and actor managed to find themselves in a heated season coming in hot as the runner-up couple. But this isn't the first time Carson has found herself in such a position. Fans will recall, she and partner Milo Manheim came in second place last year to country radio host Bobby Bones and Sharna Burgess. In an exclusive interview with, Carson recalls what was going through her head during Monday night's fiery finale.

"Oh, that was crazy!" she told when asked what she was thinking during that moment. "I just kept thinking I've been here before and I really want that mirror ball so bad. I've been so close to it so many times and it's been a long time since I've actually won. So just to be there was obviously an honor, everybody there was so amazing, the celebrities were just incredible. So just being there was an honor, but of course you want to win."

The Utah native confessed that she already felt like she and Mitchell had won because of their routines, as well as the growth the 41-year-old former child star had shown her and audiences over the course of 11 weeks.

"I felt like Kel and I had such a great night. I felt like I had already won because of the routines that we did and the growth that he'd shown," she revealed before adding that it's a "popularity contest" and America showed who they wanted to see win. "I'm happy about the dances and the routines and most importantly Kel's growth as a dancer. And I learned so much, so I'm not mad. I'm not mad at all, and I felt honored to be there honestly."

It was not only an exciting time for Carson because of DWTS, but because this month is near and dear to her heart as it's National Family Caregivers Month. The 26-year-old explained that she sympathizes with family caregivers who are taking care of family or friends battling cancer because she was once a caregiver herself after her father-in-law was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer. While he passed away last March, the impression it made on Carson is everlasting.

"It was a huge moment in my life where we learned that he was terminal in probably about the beginning of December of last year and I have to decide if I was going to go on tour or not with Dancing with the Stars. It was something that was really important to spend that time with him and to spend that time with my husband and with my family, so I decided to do that," she explained. "So we skipped out on tour to be with family, be with him and we lived with him at the time and we took care of him every day. We gave him medicine, we changed out his IVs, and we helped with the home health nurse and we did really everything that could until the da he passed away."

That's why she's speaking on behalf of Stand Up To Cancer in light of "National Family Caregivers Month," to help recognize those who are caregivers themselves. In fact, through the organization, she invited a woman named Shelby Nish and her mother, who is Nish's caregiver, who battles with stage IV Melanoma cancer and was diagnosed when she was 9 months pregnant, to an episode of the popular dance competition.

"That was wonderful," Carson beamed. "I just really wanted to give them something special and give them something to look forward to. It's always such a hard time when you go through this together — it's just a miserable time that you have really nothing to look forward to, so I felt like this is really important for them to come to a show, and they were huge fans and they were super sweet and just so nice, so I'm so glad that we were able to do that for them."

As this emotional month comes to an end for Carson, so does her work. She will be taking some well-deserved time off with her family before she gears up for Dancing with the Stars Live Tour. Click here to get tickets.


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Originally published: Wednesday, August 21, 2019.

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