THE BEST SUPER BOWL COMMERCIALS EVER FACE OFF AGAINST
THE BEST TELEVISION ADS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
ON "THE GREATEST COMMERCIALS: SUPER BOWL VS. THE WORLD,"
A NEW ENTERTAINMENT SPECIAL HOSTED BY PAT O'BRIEN AND CO-HOSTED BY MTV'S VANESSA MINNILLO, TO BE BROADCAST FRIDAY, FEB. 4
ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK
Viewers to Vote Online for Who Has the Greatest Commercials
-- the Super Bowl or the World -- With the Result Revealed Live
THE GREATEST COMMERCIALS: SUPER BOWL VS. THE WORLD, a new entertainment special hosted by Pat O'Brien, host of the celebrity newsmagazine "The Insider," will be broadcast Friday, Feb. 4 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Also joining O'Brien on the broadcast as co-host will be MTV's Vanessa Minnillo.
The special, which will originate from the field at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla., site of Super Bowl XXXIX, will pit the best Super Bowl commercials throughout the years against the best television ads the world has to offer, with the group selected by viewers to have the best commercials � Super Bowl or the world � to be revealed live at the conclusion of the broadcast.
Beginning today, Friday, Jan. 21, viewers will able to log onto www.cbs.com to view and vote for their favorite commercials from the Super Bowl and from around the world in various categories, such as favorite sexy ads, favorite sports spots, favorite classic commercials, favorite ads featuring kids and animals and favorite "miscellaneous" commercials � those memorable spots that don't fit into any of the other categories. Each category will feature three commercials representing the Super Bowl and three from around the world.
The online polls will close the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 1; beginning that day on www.cbs.com, viewers can then watch montages of the best commercials: one for the Super Bowl and one for the world.
The special will include the favorite commercials in each category, based on the results of the official viewers' poll at www.cbs.com. During the broadcast of the special, voting will re-open online and viewers will be able to select which group of commercials they liked the best overall � those from the Super Bowl or those from around the world � and the result will be given live at the conclusion of the show.
O'Brien's Emmy Award-winning career in broadcast journalism has spanned more than 20 years. Prior to joining "The Insider," which was launched in Fall 2004 by the producers of "Entertainment Tonight," the world's #1 entertainment newsmagazine, O'Brien was co-anchor of "Access Hollywood" for seven years. He also covered the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000 and in Athens in 2004. In 1990, O'Brien began a six-year run on "Entertainment Tonight" as correspondent and substitute anchor. He is a former CBS Sports anchor where, beginning in 1981, he covered such premiere sporting events as the Super Bowl, the World Series, the NBA Finals, the NCAA Tournament and the Final Four. In 1977, O'Brien began his broadcasting career as an anchor and reporter at KNXT-TV (now KCBS-TV) Los Angeles, where he earned four local Emmy Awards for his news coverage.
Minnillo has been a permanent staple on MTV since Summer 2003, when the music network asked her to add her flair to the MTV beach house, and has since gone on to host MTV's popular "TRL" and various specials on the network. Minnillo's acting roles have included a recurring part on CBS's popular soap opera, "The Bold and the Beautiful," and a number of guest starring roles in including CBS's "That's Life," UPN's "City Guys" and the WB's "Maybe It's Me." Minnillo has also contributed her talents to "The Thanksgiving Parade on CBS," serving as a correspondent reporting live from Times Square for the special in 2003 and 2004. In 2002, Minnillo signed a talent development deal with The WB Network, where she was the host of the UK crossover hit "Top of the Pops." In early 2003, she beat out a nationwide search of hopefuls to win a series regular position on the Fox one-hour pilot "The Break." The former Miss Teen USA 1998, Minnillo began her career in television a as co-host of the "Miss USA 2001" pageant, broadcast on CBS, and served as a judge for "Miss Teen USA 2003" and co-host of the "Miss Teen USA 2004" pageant.
THE GREATEST COMMERICIALS: SUPER BOWL VS. THE WORLD was created by TWI and is being produced by TWI and Robert Dalrymple Productions. Robert Horowitz and Steve Mayer are the executive producers, and Robert Dalrymple and Tony Lanni are the producers. Michael Dempsey will direct the special from a script by David Wilde.