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[07/23/04 - 12:00 AM]
TCA Summer Press Tour: Nick at Nite, TV Land
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The cable portion of the TCA's summer press tour began on Wednesday in which the networks outlined their plans for the 2004-05 season and beyond.

Here's the breakdown of Nick at Nite/TV Land's presentation (via press release):

TV Land Unveils New Slate of Original Series and Specials for Classic TV Lovers

'Alf's Hit Talk Show' Pick-Up Announced

LOS ANGELES, July 23 -- In an on-going effort to celebrate all things Classic TV, TV Land, cable's only 24-hour home to the best of everything television, today unveiled a variety of originals that will grace the network throughout the remainder of 2004. Among the original programs slated for TV Land include: new episodes of "Alf's Hit Talk Show," -- which the network first aired as a pilot on July 7, 2004; "Emmy's Greatest Moments," a look at some of the most unforgettable highlights from five decades of the popular awards ceremony; "TV Guide and TV Land Present: The 100 Most Memorable TV Moments," a five-part look at extraordinary milestones from television history and "Living in TV Land," which chronicles the daily lives of noted television performers; and several others. The announcement was made today by Larry W. Jones, President of TV Land and Nick at Nite.

Following up on TV Land's December, 2003 commitment to add originals to the network's proven Classic TV line-up, TV Land will continue to offer specials and series that complement its programming mix of Classic TV favorites ranging from "The Andy Griffith Show," to "All in the Family" to "The Carol Burnett Show." TV Land's mission to produce TV shows about TV and that are TV referential have yielded several critically acclaimed programs including "TV Land Moguls," "The TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV" and "The Dick Van Dyke Show, Revisited," TV Land Productions' first original special for broadcast which premiered on CBS prior to being shown on TV Land.

In making today's announcement, Jones unveiled the following upcoming originals:

"TV Land Convention Special" (Premieres August 4)
This behind-the-scenes look at the first annual TV Land Convention includes some of Classic Television's biggest stars and the fans that passionately love them -- Tim Conway, Larry Hagman, Carl Reiner and a reunion of several members of the original cast of "Laugh-In." The special is produced for TV Land by Robert Small ("MTV Unplugged").

"Living in TV Land: Dick Van Patten" (Premieres August 18)
This initial installment of "Living in TV Land" centers around veteran actor, Dick Van Patten, as he goes to the racetrack with Jack Klugman and Tim Conway, spends the day playing tennis with Alan Thicke and Bernie Koppell and attends a Classic TV poker tournament with instantly recognizable TV stars including Barry Williams, Susan Olsen, Ted Lange and Jeff Conaway. The series is developed and executive produced for TV Land by TV Land executive, Sal Maniaci, and is being produced by Craig Nevius ("Black Scorpion") of Windmill Entertainment.

"TV Land Presents: Emmy's Greatest Moments" (Premieres September 15)
TV Land has been granted rare access to the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' vaults to look back at Emmy Awards highlights where the television community came together to honor its own and invited us along for the ride. The show is executive produced by Gary Smith (AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Movies).

"Inside TV Land: Primetime Politics" (Premieres October 27)
This one-hour special examines the role of politics throughout television history. From "Laugh-In" to "Family Ties" to "Murphy Brown," "Primetime Politics," produced exclusively for TV Land by Linda Ellerbee's Lucky Duck Productions, gives viewers a view of the political landscape as seen through the lens of primetime television.

"Alf's Hit Talk Show" (Premieres October TBD)
Television's most popular alien has landed back on earth and is making his triumphant return to primetime as the host of his own talk show. Each 30-minute installment features signature Alf observations on pop culture, current events and interviews with celebrity guests. The show is executive produced for TV Land by Paul Fusco ("Alf") and Burt Dubrow ("The Tom Green Show," "Sally Jessy Raphael").

"TV Land's Top Ten: TV Cars" (Premieres October TBD)
This one-hour special is the latest installment of TV Land's "Top 10" series and highlights some of the most unique and fascinating automobiles in television history -- from the Batmobile featured in "Batman" to General Lee from the "Dukes of Hazzard" to the "Koach" car on the popular sitcom, "The Munsters" -- and the stories behind them. Additional upcoming installments will be unveiled shortly.

"TV Guide and TV Land Present: The 100 Most Memorable TV Moments" (Premieres December 6-10)
In partnership with TV Guide, TV Land takes a comprehensive look at the extraordinary moments experienced only through television. From Neil Armstrong's historic walk on the moon to Michael Jackson's moonwalk to John F. Kennedy's assassination in Dallas to "Who Shot J.R.?" on "Dallas," this countdown special showcases the moments we all remember. Presented in five one-hour installments, this special is produced by Gay Rosenthal Productions.

"TV Land is clearly establishing itself as a destination for fans of contemporary programming with a classic TV twist," explains Jones. "Each of these upcoming originals take the experience of celebrating classic TV to a whole new level. Our goal in making these is to create originals that celebrate and honor everything we love about the best television ever made."

TV Land and all related logos and titles are trademarks of Viacom International Inc.

Now seen in over 82 million U.S. homes, TV Land's program mix features popular dramas, sitcoms, westerns, Retromercials and a TV-referential interstitial environment, all programmed with a specific audience in mind -- the first generation of Americans to grow up watching television and features all-time Classic hits like "All in the Family," "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," "The Carol Burnett Show" and "Bonanza."

MTV Networks, a division of Viacom International Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), owns and operates the following television programming services -- MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, mtvU, VH1, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, MTV INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 12 digital services, all of which are trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.

Nick at Nite Expands Originals Slate With Addition of 'Nick at Nite's Family Face-Off: Hollywood' Premiering Fall 2004

LOS ANGELES, July 23 -- Nick at Nite announced today that it will expand its slate of original programming with the November addition of a new reality series entitled, "Nick at Nite's Family Face-Off: Hollywood," in which six families compete to win an ultimate family vacation. The announcement was made today by Larry W. Jones, President of TV Land and Nick at Nite.

Nick at Nite recently began to program originals in earnest with the June 20th launch of "Fatherhood," an animated series based on Bill Cosby's best-selling book of the same name. The series, which stars Blair Underwood and Sabrina LeBeauf, has caught on with viewers and dovetails into Nick at Nite's original programming strategy of creating shows that meet what the network refers to as the "Four F's" criteria: programming that is Family-Friendly, Funny and Familiar. Nick at Nite's newest original unveiled today will complement the network's hit roster of proven modern classic sitcoms including "Roseanne," "The Cosby Show," "Full House" and the September addition of "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" among others.

"Nick at Nite's Family Face-Off: Hollywood," which is slated to premiere in November, will pit six families against one another as they compete to complete a variety of tasks -- many of which are TV-themed -- to win the ultimate family vacation. Each one-hour episode will end with the elimination of one family until the sixth episode, in which the two remaining families vie for the top prize. All six episodes highlight the families in a race from Southern California beaches to backlots, from hangars to hotels, and from mansions to makeup rooms -- begging for autographs, posing for photos with celebrities and participating in outrageous stunts to win the prize.

"Nick at Nite has hit full stride with both our popular acquired programming and originals like 'Fatherhood'," explains Jones. "We can now capitalize on our status as the Number One cable network among adults to branch out into more originals, like 'Nick at Nite's Family Face-Off: Hollywood' which is designed to offer unique, fun original programming that the whole family can enjoy."

Nick at Nite and all related logos and titles are trademarks of Viacom International, Inc.

Currently seen in more than 88 million U.S. homes, Nick at Nite features timeless hit comedies: "The Cosby Show" - this Emmy Award-winning sitcom is one of the network's highest-rated shows: "Full House" - this popular family comedy launched on the network in October and is one of the highest-rated and most popular syndicated programs in television; and "Roseanne," one of the most talk-about and celebrated sitcoms in television history.

MTV Networks, a division of Viacom International Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), owns and operates the following television programming services -- MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, mtvU, VHI, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, MTV INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 12 digital services, all of which are trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.





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