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Kitten Bowl

Kitten Bowl

Photo Credit:  Crown Media / Marc Lemoine
  • Premiered: 
    February 2, 2014
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  • Network: Hallmark
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Special, Annual
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Animal
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Plot Synopsis

Each year on Super Bowl Sunday, a different group of adorable kitten athletes go back-to-back and belly-to-belly at Kitten Stadium in this annual three-hour special. Hosted by Beth Stern, national spokesperson for North Shore Animal League America, KITTEN BOWL features John Sterling, the radio voice of the New York Yankees, doing play by play, with Renee Herlocker (2014) and Mary Carillo (2015-2017) providing color commentary. During the broadcast, they're joined by a different group of celebrity guests each year. KITTEN BOWL I -- which premiered from Noon-3pm ET/PT on Sunday, February 2, 2014 on Hallmark Channel, immediately followed by three encore presentations from 3-6pm, 6-9pm, and 9pm-Midnight (all times ET/PT) -- featured these celebrity guests: Regis Philbin, Rachael Ray, Hoda Kotb, Nicky Hilton, Lisa Vanderpump, Bob Harper, Chuck Nice, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Carrie Ann Inaba, Rocco DiSpirito, Kelly Rutherford, Aiden Turner, Ariel Meredith, Kristen Aldridge, and Cory Kalanick. For KITTEN BOWL II, which premiered Sunday, February 1, 2015 at Noon ET/PT on Hallmark Channel, Beth Stern returned as the host with John Sterling again doing play-by-play commentary. This year, they're joined by Mary Carillo, who provided color commentary for her first KITTEN BOWL. Plus, celebrity guest appearances included FFL commissioner Boomer Esiason, Kevin Nealon, Regis Philbin, Mario Lopez, Maria Menounos, Kat Dennings, Bob Harper, Fiona Gubelmann, Tricia Helfer, Heather McDonald, Deidre Hall, Jenn Brown and Camren Bicondova. KITTEN BOWL III premiered Sunday, February 7, 2016 from Noon-3pm ET/PT on Hallmark Channel, repeating 3-6pm and 6-9pm the same night. The four-legged game was again hosted by Beth Stern with play-by-play announcers John Sterling and Mary Carillo and special guest appearances by Feline Football League (FFL) Commissioner Boomer Esiason, Hallmark Channel's Pet Ambassadors Happy The Cat & Happy The Dog, Kevin Nealon, Brad Garrett, Wendy McLendon-Covey and many more. New this year, were adoptable cats as team coaches as well as an adorable kitten and puppy halftime show.
KITTEN BOWL IV premieres Sunday, February 5, 2017 from Noon-3pm ET/PT on Hallmark Channel, repeating 3-6pm and 6-9pm the same night. Beth Stern returns to host with play-by-play announcers John Sterling and Mary Carillo, along with Feline Football League (FFL) Commissioner Boomer Esiason. Each three-hour block includes:

Pregame Show (Noon; 3pm; 6pm): Over 100 adoptable kittens and coaches prepare for a gridiron match up for the ages. This half-hour special takes a look back at the Feline Football League season, reviews the cuddly playoff matchups and gets up close and purrsonal with some of the FFL's top cat-letes.

Playoff Games (12:30pm; 3:30pm; 6:30pm): The top furr teams in the FFL face off in the adorable Kitten Bowl playoffs to determine who will earn their spot to compete in the championship game of Kitten Bowl IV. These cats aren't kitten around!

Championship Game (2pm; 5pm; 8pm): In a gridiron match up for the ages, the two Feline Football League teams that have cuddled and clawed their way to the top, are set to go paw to paw to find out who win the championship in Kitten Bowl IV.

KITTEN BOWL is part of Hallmark Channel's PETS initiative, which is devoted to celebrating pets. Its core purpose is bringing light to the plight of shelter pets and the incredible joy adopting a pet can bring to our lives. North Shore Animal League America and Last Hope Animal Rescue provided 100 kittens for the game, and all of them have already been found loving homes. Plus, nearly 100 shelters hosted adoption parties during Kitten Bowl Weekend. Find out more about the KITTEN BOWL (, the North Shore Animal League America (, and Last Hope Animal Rescue ( To find an adoption party nearby, visit this page:


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Eyeworks USA