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[11/30/04 - 12:00 AM]
PAX TV Picks Up Primetime Original Series, 'World Cup Comedy,' with Kelsey Grammer as Executive Producer

[via press release from PAX]

PAX TV PICKS UP PRIMETIME ORIGINAL SERIES, �WORLD CUP COMEDY,� WITH KELSEY GRAMMER AS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

(West Palm Beach, FL � November 30, 2004) � PAX TV announced the pick-up of 13 additional episodes of its primetime original series, �World Cup Comedy� (Mondays, 9-10p.m. ET/PT). Emmy winner and star of NBC�s movie musical, �A Christmas Carol,� Kelsey Grammer (�Frasier�) executive produces, along with Emmy winner and the series show runner Wayne Nelson Page. �World Cup Comedy� was created by Page and the show�s host, Dan O�Connor.

��World Cup Comedy� is pure entertainment,� said Grammer. �Those comics are some of the best and the brightest in the business, and I�m delighted that we�ve provided them with a national stage to showcase their talent.�

In each episode, two teams featuring America�s best improv comedians compete against one another in short scenes based on unscripted real-life scenarios. They perform all the scenes on a variety of sets, including home, office or restaurant, and in specific styles of movies, television shows and music, such as �a first date�done as a Kung Fu movie� or �an office party�done as an episode of Survivor.�

The show�s clever crew of camera, audio and lighting technicians, along with a live band, improvise each scene in the chosen movie, television or musical style. Each episode features six rounds of competition voted on by the audience, with the winning team facing a new challenger in the next episode. The show features a mix of talented newcomers as well as improv pros, including Dan Castellaneta (�The Simpsons�), Melissa Peterman (�Reba�), Phil Lamarr (�Mad TV�), Ben Falcone (�Joey�), Mindy Sterling (�Austin Powers�) and Fred Willard (�Best In Show�).

Hosts Dan O�Connor (�Wayne Brady Show,� �Seinfeld�) and Mary Gallagher (�Friends,� �Mad About You�) fuel the laughter with play-by-play commentary, while backstage reporter Steve Kearin (�Curb Your Enthusiasm�) offers his own amusing highlights. The series is co-produced by Grammnet Productions and Nelson Page Entertainment with Kelsey Grammer and Wayne Nelson Page (�Martha Stewart Living�) as executive producers, and Dan O�Connor, Steve Stark (�In-Laws�) and Adam Peck (�Holy Joe�) as co-executive producers.

About PAX TV
Paxson Communications Corporation owns and operates the nation�s largest broadcast television distribution system and the PAX TV network. PAX TV reaches 87% of U.S. television households via nationwide broadcast television, cable and satellite distribution systems. PAX TV�s original programming slate for the 2004-2005 broadcast season features three new unscripted series, �Cold Turkey,� �Model Citizens� and �Second Verdict�; a new scripted drama, �Young Blades�; two entertaining variety programs, �America�s Most Talented Kids� and �World Cup Comedy,� executive produced by Kelsey Grammer; and two fast-paced game shows, �On the Cover� and �Balderdash.� Returning series include all-new episodes of PAX�s top-rated dramas, �Doc� and �Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye.� For more information, visit PAX TV�s website at www.pax.tv.





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· AMERICA'S MOST TALENTED KIDS (PAX)
· BALDERDASH (PAX)
· CHRISTMAS CAROL, A: THE MUSICAL (NBC)
· COLD TURKEY (PAX)
· CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM (HBO)
· DOC (PAX)
· FRASIER (NBC)
· FRIENDS (NBC)
· IN-LAWS (NBC)
· JOEY (NBC)
· MARTHA STEWART LIVING (SYNDICATION)
· MODEL CITIZENS (PAX)
· ON THE COVER (PAX)
· REBA (CW)
· SECOND VERDICT (PAX)
· SIMPSONS, THE (FOX)
· SUE THOMAS: FBEYE (PAX)
· WAYNE BRADY SHOW, THE (ABC)
· WORLD CUP COMEDY (PAX)
· YOUNG BLADES (PAX)











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