[09/20/04 - 12:00 AM]
TBS Gets Takes 'Very Funny' Into Late Night with 'Too Funny to Sleep' Programming Block

[via press release from TBS]

TBS Gets Takes �Very Funny� into Late Night with Too Funny To Sleep Programming Block

FAMILY GUY, FUTURAMA, MR. SHOW and BABY BLUES Join TBS�s Friday Late Night Line-Up, Beginning Oct. 1

TBS, television�s �very funny� network, is keeping the laugh lights on in the late night hours with Too Funny To Sleep, a new Friday night line-up of hit comedy series. FAMILY GUY, FUTURAMA, MR. SHOW and BABY BLUES will join the TBS line-up Friday, Oct. 1, starting at 1:15 a.m. (ET/PT), following TBS�s popular movie showcase Dinner & a Movie.

�Now that our prime time and daytime line-ups are up and running full steam ahead with such blockbuster hits as Sex and the City, Everybody Loves Raymond, Friends and Seinfeld, we�re ready to explore a branded late night comedy block with Too Funny To Sleep,� said Ken Schwab, senior vice president of programming for TBS and TNT. �To get us started, we�ve chosen FAMILY GUY, FUTURAMA, MR. SHOW and BABY BLUES, four proven hits with our target adults 18-34 demo.�

FAMILY GUY chronicles the lives of the Griffin family, a tight-knit but tense nuclear family living in Quahog, R.I. Peter, the loving but not-overly-ambitious patriarch, and Lois, his devoted wife, maintain a comfortable middle class home. Teen queen Meg, slacker Chris and homicidal infant Stewie round out the Griffin brood, but the most sensible and well-spoken member of the clan is the family dog, Brian. THE FAMILY GUY features the voices of Seth McFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green and Patrick Warburton.

Emmy-winning FUTURAMA chronicles the adventures of Philip J. Fry, a pizza delivery boy accidentally frozen on New Year�s Eve in 1999. When he thaws out 1000 years later, he must adapt to a very different world populated by peculiar species, robots, space ships and omnipresent advertising. Fry manages to form a dysfunctional family of sorts with Bender, a robot with a very bad attitude and a bit of a drinking problem, and Leela, the one-eyed pilot of their delivery ship and the object of Fry�s clumsy romantic overtures. FUTURAMA, created by Matt Groening (The Simpsons), features the voices of Billy West, Katey Sagal and John Di Maggio.

MR. SHOW is HBO�s groundbreaking sketch comedy series from Emmy-winning comedy writers Bob Odenkirk and David Cross. They are ably supported by Second City veteran Jill Talley, Tom Kenny, Brian Posehn, Mary-Lynn Rajskub, Sarah Silverman and Jerry Minor, with recurring appearances by Jack Black.

BABY BLUES is an animated half-hour comedy series based on the award-winning, nationally syndicated comic strip that tells the story of a young couple, Daryl and Wanda McPherson, as they handle the daily challenges of raising their two kids, loud and cranky Zoe and easy-going infant Hamish, with wit, intelligence and perspective. Adding to the mix are the rambunctious family next door, a ditzy teenage babysitter and a co-worker who has all the answers about handling �domestic situations.� BABY BLUES features the voices of Mike O�Malley, Julia Sweeney, Joel Murray and Kathie Soucie.

The following is the schedule for TBS�s Too Funny To Sleep Friday late night comedy line-up*:

1:15 a.m. FAMILY GUY
1:45 a.m. FUTURAMA
2:15 a.m. MR. SHOW
2:45 a.m. BABY BLUES
3:15 a.m. FAMILY GUY
3:45 a.m. FUTURAMA
4:15 a.m. MR. SHOW
4:45 a.m. BABY BLUES

In addition to airing on TBS, FAMILY GUY, FUTURAMA and BABY BLUES will continue to air as part of Cartoon Network�s Adult Swim, the network�s late night block of animation for adults. Adult Swim, which airs Saturday-Thursday from 11 p.m.-5 a.m. (ET/PT), is #1 in its time period on all of cable television in rating and delivery of men 18-24 and adults 18-24 for the year-to-date.

TBS is television�s �very funny� network, serving as home to such hot contemporary comedies as Sex and the City, Everybody Loves Raymond, Family Guy, Seinfeld and Friends; high-profile original reality series, such as the upcoming The Real Gilligan�s Island, He�s a Lady and The Mansion; blockbuster movies; and hosted movie showcases. TBS also offers action-packed sports from the worlds of Major League Baseball and Pac 10 and Big 12 college football.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment product around the world and a leading provider of programming for the television industry.

* Times may vary depending on length of lead-in movie showing as part of Dinner & a Movie.

  [september 2004]  


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