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Derek Hough Is Headed to NBCUniversal's Fan Festival — Peacock Live!

NBCUniversal announced its first-ever two-day fan festival taking place on March 28-29, 2020 on the legendary Universal Studios backlot called Peacock Live! The event will include new show panels, celebrity appearances and interactive activations.

Why should dance fans pay attention to this TV festival? One of the segments features World of Dance judge, Derek Hough. Dancing into Peacock Live! will have Derek teaching a dance class and then doing a Q&A with fans.

This event comes at the perfect time since he will be in the middle of filming Season 4 of World of Dance and prepping for his upcoming Las Vegas residency, Derek Hough No Limit. Attendees will most likely get more insight on what to expect from his Flamingo Las Vegas show.

In addition to Derek's appearance, So You Think You Can Dance fan-favorite tWitch will be hosting a round of "Hot Hands" from Ellen's Game of Games. Dancing with the Stars fans will see Olympic gold medalist and Season 27 contestant Mary Lou Retton there to promote the 2020 Tokyo Olympics along with other iconic athletes.

Dance Dish will update this article as more details become available about the specific day/time of the event weekend.

Here is the current information about the panels and other expected NBCUniversal guests and events.

Saturday, March 28 (panel times TBA)

This Is Us – Join stars of NBC’s mega-hit drama including Milo Ventimiglia, Justin Hartley and creator/executive producer Dan Fogelman for a look inside the award-winning show. The panel will be moderated by “Access Hollywood” co-host Kit Hoover.

Saved by the Bell – Get an exclusive sneak peek at the upcoming Peacock reboot of the beloved sitcom, followed by a discussion with stars/executive producers Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley and showrunner/executive producer Tracey Wigfield.

Good Girls – Stars of the popular NBC comedy-infused drama Christina Hendricks, Retta, Mae Whitman, along with series creator/executive producer Jenna Bans and executive producer Bill Krebs, discuss what to expect as they head into the rest of season 3.

Universal Parks & Resorts Global Preview – Peacock Live! guests will get an exclusive first-look at the exciting new experiences coming to the Universal Parks & Resorts theme parks around the world.

Halloween Horror Nights – Get insight from the global teams behind the world’s most successful Halloween event, and how they collaborate with filmmakers to bring iconic horror films to life as interactive, dimensional haunted houses and mazes.

Sunday, March 29 (panel times TBA)

2020 Tokyo Olympics – NBC Olympics primetime host Mike Tirico leads a conversation with Olympic icons Mary Lou Retton, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Rowdy Gaines, all of whom were medalists at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Plus, fans can get a preview of athletes to watch in Tokyo this summer.

The Making of a Theme Park Attraction – How does a global blockbuster film franchise like “Jurassic World” become a mega-hit theme park thrill ride? Guests will have a chance to hear first-hand from the creative minds at Universal theme parks around the globe responsible for bringing favorite films from the silver screen to groundbreaking, next-generation thrill rides.

Notable talent appearances include:

A Little Late with Lilly Singh – A meet and greet opportunity with the host of NBC’s newest late-night talk show and social media sensation Lilly Singh.

American Ninja Warrior – Hosts Matt Iseman, Akbar Gbajabiamila and Zuri Hall of the hit NBC competition show will be on hand to provide color commentary on Peacock Live! guests who compete on the full-sized obstacles seen on the show. Plus, get tips and tricks and take a photo with some of the all-time top Ninjas.

The Biggest Loser – Show host Bob Harper and trainers Steve Cook and Erica Lugo from the revamped USA version of the original hit series will lead special fitness and wellness activities.

Days of our Lives – Join the iconic stars of NBC’s record-breaking daytime drama for a special meet and greet opportunity, complete with a cast lunch.

Ellen’s Game of Games – Television personality tWitch hosts the fan-favorite “Hot Hands,” the high-pressure, fast-paced final game from Ellen DeGeneres’ hit NBC primetime show.

Jay Leno’s Garage – Legendary comedian and Tonight Showhost Jay Leno takes a tour of the largest vehicle collection ever assembled from the blockbuster Fast & Furious saga and will interview Dennis McCarthy, Picture Car Coordinator for the franchise, for his popular CNBC primetime series Jay Leno’s Garage.

La Reina del Sur – International superstar Kate del Castillo, from Telemundo’s most successful series ever, joins fans for an engaging conversation, plus meet and greet. 

World of Dance – Emmy winner and judge of NBC’s dance competition series Derek Hough will teach fans his best moves in an instructive dance class, and answer questions during an insightful fan Q&A.  

Plus, additional talent appearances throughout the weekend include TODAY weather anchor and co-host of the 3rd Hour of TODAY Al Roker, Late Night with Seth Meyers writer and comedian Amber Ruffin and more.

*Schedule and appearances are subject to change.

These new events join previously announced programming, such as a special preview screening of DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls World Tour before it hits theaters, the largest vehicle collection ever assembled from the Fast & Furious franchise, an archival exhibit with props and costumes from beloved films and shows, and much more. For all previously announced programming and more information, visit


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