The Substitute is back on Nickelodeon starting Halloween and we have a new host in Mexican Social Media Sensation Juanpa Zurita and a bunch of new celebrity guests starting on October 31st. If you don’t know how this show works, a celebrity will go undercover as a substitute teacher at a school and all sorts of craziness will take place which will finish up with each organization receiving a $25,000 donation.
We are excited that the premiere episode is going to have Ariel Martin, a.k.a. “Baby Ariel,” going undercover at a haunted house with the kids visiting from the Q Youth Foundation. Ariel will be playing three different characters pranking students as a shop owner who might be a witch, a field trip volunteer and a full-time ghost hunter who is at war with a scarecrow. We are also going to get Chloe Kim, Chris Paul and other celebrities for this season. Zurita should be a great host and we are going to see how he interacts with all of the celebrities and kids on the show.
NICKELODEON’S THE SUBSTITUTE RETURNS WITH ALL-NEW SURPRISES FOR SEASON TWO OF THE HIT PRANK SERIES, PREMIERING HALLOWEEN, OCT. 31, AT 9 P.M. (ET/PT)
Mexican Social Media Sensation Juanpa Zurita to Host Second Season; Celebrities to Appear Include Ariel Martin, Chloe Kim, Chris Paul and More
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Nickelodeon is preparing the ultimate Halloween surprise for kids with the season two premiere of its hit hidden-camera prank series, The Substitute. Joining the series as host is Mexican social media sensation Juanpa Zurita, who will help undercover celebrities pull off a day of ridiculous mayhem as the substitutes for unsuspecting kids. Season two premieres Saturday, Oct. 31, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon.
In the season two premiere of The Substitute, actress, recording artist and author Ariel Martin, a.k.a. “Baby Ariel,” (Zombies 2) goes undercover at a haunted house to pull off ghoulishly wacky pranks on kids visiting with the Q Youth Foundation. Using a full costume and prosthetics to hide her identity, Martin is transformed into three completely unrecognizable characters, pranking students as an apothecary shop owner who is often suspected of being a witch, a field trip volunteer and full-time ghost hunter who is desperate to finally prove their existence and a haunted house employee whose biggest adversary is a scarecrow.
The series features celebrities who are transformed by a team of Hollywood special effects artists to go undercover as a substitute, surprising unsuspecting kids in schools, camps and other locations. During the reveal at the end of the day, each organization receives a $25,000 donation. Additional celebrities taking to the classroom to pull off their own ridiculous surprises in season two of The Substitute include Chloe Kim, Chris Paul, and others to be announced at a later date.
Zurita is a digital content creator, comedian, actor and social activist originally from Mexico. Since uploading his first video in 2013, he quickly made a name for himself and has accumulated a global following of over 72 million across his social media channels to-date. He uses his platform to connect with his audience and welcome them into his life, with an overall goal of providing a place for his followers to always feel like they belong and promote the idea that they should always believe in themselves, take risks and to work hard to achieve their dreams. Zurita’s work has led him to win and be nominated for many awards around the world, including being a finalist for “YouTuber of the Year” at the 10th Annual Shorty Awards.
The Substitute is produced by Industrial Media’s The Intellectual Property Corporation (IPC). IPC’s Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman, and Todd Hurvitz (Punk’d) serve as executive producers, with Hurvitz also serving as the showrunner. Nickelodeon’s Vice Presidents of Unscripted Content Jessica Brown and Mandel Ilagan also serve as executive producers. Production of The Substitute for Nickelodeon is overseen by Rob Bagshaw, Executive Vice President, Unscripted Content.