Oklahoma native Kristin Chenoweth is hosting the Hallmark Channel’s American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards, airing at 7 p.m. Thursday on the cable channel.
The second annual awards, which took place Oct. 6 at the famed Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., honors four-legged heroes for their service to mankind, paying tribute in categories including Service Dogs, Military Dogs, Guide Dogs, Emerging Hero Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Law Enforcement/Arson Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs and Hearing Dogs, according to NewsOK’s Television Blog.
“I have always been a fan of Hallmark TV movies,” Chenoweth says in a NewsOK story. “I grew up watching them, but this is a Hallmark movie that is real life. It celebrates our beloved animals, who go above and beyond what they are called to do.”
Chenoweth brought her Maltese, Madeline Kahn Chenoweth, to the awards. Though the Tony and Emmy winner has hosted other awards shows, being center stage at such an event has its challenges.
“It is very nerve-racking because you are obviously not hiding behind a role,” says Chenoweth, who will co-host next month’s American Country Awards for the second time next month. “It is really fun to shoot something when you believe in it so much. It is scary because you are hosting an evening, and your job is to keep it going.”
To learn more about the canine award winners, click here.