[11/05/04 - 12:00 AM]
Bravo Welcomes Old Friends and New Icons Onto Its Screen with 'The 100 Greatest TV Characters'

[via press release from Bravo]



NEW YORK -- November 5, 2004 -- Starting November 22, Bravo will welcome on to its screen the characters that have always been welcome in our living rooms with its new special "The 100 Greatest TV Characters." This comprehensive five-part series will focus its critical eye on the famous television characters that have become a part of the fabric of American pop culture. The series will run for five consecutive nights at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT, counting down the top 20 TV characters of all time on Friday, November 26 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Blending classic clips, rare photos and interviews with both the stars and show creators, the series will spotlight how our favorite TV characters broke out of the pack to emerge as pop icons. From Lucy Ricardo to Marge Simpson, Ed Norton to Cosmo Kramer, Magnum P.I. to Monk, they come in all sizes, sexes and combinations.

Some of today's hottest TV stars will share their all-time favorites and influences as well. "The 100 Greatest TV Characters" will feature interviews with the critics, producers, and actors that know these characters best, including: Dennis Franz ("NYPD Blue"), Megan Mullally ("Will & Grace"), "The Simpson's" creator Matt Groening, TV critic Tom Shales, producers Rob Reiner, Steven Bochco and Aaron Sorkin, Oprah Winfrey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Seinfeld") and even Kermit the Frog.

"The 100 Greatest TV Characters" is produced by LSL Productions in association with Bravo.

The 100 Greatest TV Characters" numbers 100 -- 11 are listed below in order: Who's your guess for the top 10?

100. Xena
99. Monk
98. Steve Urkel
97. Dr. Smith
96. Artie
95. Doug Ross
94. Vic Mackey
93. Maynard G. Krebs
92. Agent Dale Cooper
91. Caine
90. Herman Munster
89. Lieutenant Castillo
88. Jamie Somers
87. Gomez & Morticia
86. Maxwell Smart
85. Napoleon Solo/Illya Kuryakin
84. Bob Hartley
83. Vinnie Barbarino
82. Gil Grissom & Catherine Willow
81. Cast of Will & Grace
80. Jack Tripper
79. Charles Ingalls
78. Rob & Laura Petrie
77. Dr. Craig
76. Eleanor Frutt
75. Ally McBeal
74. Beaver
73. Dr. Johnny Fever
72. Dick Soloman
71. Dan Fielding
70. Niles Crane
69. David Addison/Maddie Hayes
68. Benson
67. Jim Ignatowski
66. Carla Tortelli
65. John Boy
64. Jessica Fletcher
63. Andy Taylor
62. Francis Xavier Pembleton
61. Crockett & Tubbs
60. Mork
59. Al & Peg Bundy
58. Barney Miller
57. Rhoda Morgenstern
56. Mick Belker
55. Captain Picard
54. Rocky & Bullwinkle
53. President Josiah Bartlett
52. Emma Peel
51. Murphy Brown
50. Sam & Diane
49. Maude Finley
48. Ted Baxter
47. Carmella Soprano
46. Cast of Friends
45. Marshall Matt Dillon
44. Cliff Huxtable
43. Thomas Magnum
42. Laverne & Shirley
41. The Barone Family
40. Fred Sanford
39. Kojak
38. Sergeant Ernie Bilko
37. Marcus Welby
36. Barney Fife
35. Lou Grant
34. Kermit & Miss Piggy
33. Maverick
32. Scully & Mulder
31. Samantha Stephens
30. Detective Lenny Briscoe
29. Alex Keaton
28. Perry Mason
27. Ann Marie
26. Frasier Crane
25. Joe Friday
24. Louis DePalma
23. Andy Sipowicz
22. Richard Kimball
21. Mr. Spock
20. Ed Norton
19. Eric Cartman
18. Roseanne
17. Jim Rockford
16. George Jefferson
15. J.R. Ewing
14. Hawkeye Pierce
13. Buffy
12. Edith Bunker
11. Carrie Bradshaw

Bravo is an arts and culture network featuring a variety of programs presented in an original and engaging way. Currently seen in more than 77 million homes, Bravo is the television destination for viewers who want creativity, experimentation and innovation. Offering programming with a unique point of view, the network features original series and specials, feature films (both independent and mainstream) as well as performance specials and compelling documentary series. Its critically-acclaimed and award-winning original programming includes "Inside the Actors Studio," "Celebrity Poker Showdown," and Cirque du Soleil specials and series, as well as the 2004 Emmy winner for Outstanding Reality Program, "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy." The network's latest hits include "Blow Out," "Showbiz Moms & Dads," and the improvisational sitcom "Significant Others."

Bravo is a program service of NBC Universal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBC Universal one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Bravo has been a NBC Cable Network since December 2002 and was the first television service dedicated to film and the performing arts when it launched in December 1980. For more press information and photography log onto www.nbcumv.com. For consumer information visit www.bravotv.com.

  [november 2004]  


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