Cat Deeley on Why USA’s Breezy ‘Big Star Little Star’ Is Cool for Kids

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(l-r) Joey & his mom Kerri Walsh Jennings; Cat Deeley; Mario Lopez & daughter Gia; and Christina Milian & her daughter Violet have fun on the set of Big Star Little Star. Their episode will air June 28.

Celebrity parents and their pint-sized protégés compete against other famous families in USA Network’s fun summer series Big Star Little Star. In each episode, a celeb and one of his or her children compete against other family twosomes to see who can answer more questions about each other correctly. Usually, it’s the kids answering questions about parents, and while some answers are mildly embarrassing, most of the responses elicit tons of laughter from the parent, kid and studio audience.

“This show is all about having fun,” says host Cat Deeley. “The kids are in the driving seat, from the word go, with hilarious results.”

The light-hearted series mixes elements of The Newlywed Game and Password into one family-friendly show.

“There aren’t many shows on TV that all the family can enjoy and sit and watch together, but Big Star Little Star is an entertainment show that spans the generations,” explains Deeley. And best of all, each episode’s winning team earns $25,000 for a favorite charity.

Famous folks taking part in the summertime series include magician Penn Jillette and his son Zolten, TV host Mario Lopez and his daughter Gia, actress Teri Polo and her daughter Bayley, and former NFL star Chad Johnson and his daughter Cha’iel.

The most charming part of this competition is seeing celebs — not as famous faces, but as “Mom” or “Dad” — as they interact with their biggest fan, their child.

Big Star Little Star, Wednesdays at 9/8c beginning May 31, USA Network