CBS is launching a new three-hour programming block, dubbed “The CBS Dream Team, It’s Epic!,” this weekend with several notable personalities. The network, in partnership with Litton Entertainment will provide kids 13 to 16 with educational/informational-compliant shows which include hosts like celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, omg! Insider co-host Kevin Frazier and sports personality Laila Ali. ETonline recently caught up with the Laila to talk about her show All in With Laila Ali, what viewers can expect and how she hopes it inspires not just kids but also their families.
ET online: Tell us about the premise of your show, All in With Laila Ali.
Laila Ali: All in With Laila Ali is educational, inspirational, compelling programming profiling individuals that have reached for the sky, pushed themselves to the limit and did things that you would think were impossible… Stories like that and they’re very inspirational and things that will inspire kids and show them that they you can do anything you put your mind to.
Who has been your biggest inspiration or what has inspired you the most in your career?
It’s really hard to have anybody other than my father. He’s one of the greatest athletes and men in the world and I love him so much. I’ve been blessed to be obviously in the same household with him and have the same blood run through my veins but even if he wasn’t my father he just makes me so proud. So he’s definitely been an inspiration to me to be the best thing I can be and always treat people with kindness and respect and really try to help others in the world along the way to my own success.
What do you hope audiences take away from your show?
We want children, especially children ages 13-16, and their parents to come together on Saturdays, spend time watching these shows, talk about the shows, see how the shows made them feel or what they learned, were they inspired, [and] to strike up a conversation. Cartoons and some of the other programming are OK but there’s a time and place for everything. And I think we need more time as families just talking, conversing, learning, growing together and building character in these children because there’s so much negativity now for them on the Internet and TV and leading them down the road with these reality TV shows… so it’s always nice to have some programming that a family can watch together and then talk about afterwards.
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