Using costumes and prosthetics to hide her identity, Nikki Bella transforms into three unrecognizable characters to prank the children at Las Palmas Middle School in Covina, California. First up, she’s an eccentric gym teacher who brings her dog-training techniques to the field. Next, Nikki plays an awkward speech teacher preoccupied by her upcoming maid of honor duties. Finally, the woman who used to put away her opponents with the Rack Attack embodies a career counselor obsessed with clowns.
And for the first time in the prank show’s history, the Substitute brings a tag-team partner: Brie Bella will help her twin sister navigate the nonsense from the control room.
“The Substitute” features celebrities who are transformed by a team of Hollywood special effects artists to go undercover as a substitute, surprising unsuspecting kids in schools, camps and other locations. After a day full of “ridiculous mayhem” — Nickelodeon’s words, not ours — the substitute reveals themselves and the featured school receives a donation for $25,000.
Additional guest stars set to appear in upcoming episodes of “The Substitute” are Rico & Raini Rodriguez, Asher Angel, Shaun White, JoJo Siwa, Johnny Orlando, Kel Mitchell, and Cooper Barnes, TheWrap has learned.
Following the Bellas’ episode, which airs two weeks from today, new “Substitute” episodes will roll out weekly on Friday nights.
“The Substitute” is produced by Industrial Media’s The Intellectual Property Corporation. Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman and Todd Hurvitz are executive producers; Hurvitz is showrunner. Jessica Brown, Nickelodeon’s vice president of current series, is also an executive producer. Production of “The Substitute” for Nickelodeon is overseen by Rob Bagshaw, executive vice president of unscripted content.
See Nikki and Brie from “The Substitute” below. The photos are exclusive to TheWrap as well.
The Bella Twins’ episode of “The Substitute” airs Friday, Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Nickelodeon.