Spike is expanding its "Lip Sync Battle" brand with a new special aimed at the massively popular show's younger viewers.

The network will partner with sister station Nickelodeon to make "Lip Sync Battle Jr.," a one-off special set to air on both networks sometime later this year. In a press release, Spike said the spinoff special "will celebrate kids' love of music and comedy featuring the battles viewers have come to know and love with new variety elements designed to let the little ones shine. The series will be a fresh take on Spike's star-studded series."

It's unclear at this point if "Jr." will use Nickelodeon stars as its celeb contestants, or if everyday kids will have the chance to participate. But with the success of other reality shows that have gone with a kiddie format -- like "MasterChef Junior" or "Project Runway Junior" -- it makes sense for Spike to branch out, too.

According to "LSB" executive producers Casey Patterson and Jay Peterson, it was the viral sensation's "multigenerational appeal" among viewers (an average of 4 million tune in every week, and the series has racked up over 500 million online views) that inspired this new special.

"On the long list of wonderful surprises about 'Lip Sync Battle' is our family co-viewing," Patterson and Peterson said in a statement. " ... [T]he whole 'Lip Sync Battle' family is very excited about developing a new music based, comedy variety format to showcase how much our 'Lip Sync Battle' kids rock! It's all the fun of 'Lip Sync Battle,' only smaller."

In addition to the "Lip Sync Battle Jr." special, Spike's parent company, Viacom, is also developing what it dubs "special editions of 'Lip Sync Battle' events." Stay tuned for more info.

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