or


[05/31/05 - 12:00 AM]
Megan Mullally Signs Exclusive Deal with NBC Universal Television Distribution to Host Nationally Syndicated Talk Show

[via press release from NBC Universal Television Studio]

MEGAN MULLALLY SIGNS EXCLUSIVE DEAL WITH NBC UNIVERSAL TELEVISION DISTRIBUTION TO HOST NATIONALLY SYNDICATED TALK SHOW

�Will & Grace� Star Coming to Local Stations In Fall 2006

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. -- May 31, 2005 -- NBC Universal Television Distribution has signed Emmy Award-winning �Will & Grace� star Megan Mullally to an exclusive deal to host a nationally syndicated talk show, it was announced today by Jeff Zucker, President NBC Universal Television Group, Frederick Huntsberry, Executive Vice President, NBC Universal Television Distribution and Barry Wallach, President, NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution.

Mullally�s daily, one-hour show will be sold to local TV stations for a fall 2006 debut and originate from Los Angeles, Ca.

"Megan is a fantastic performer. A great actor and a great communicator, as all of her fans know,� says Zucker. "Those skills will make her a great new addition to the daytime playing field. And I could not be more excited to have Megan still on the team."

"Megan was destined to have her own daily show," says Frederick Huntsberry, Executive Vice President, NBC Universal Television Distribution. "Some of her most memorable and funny moments have recently come from her guest appearances on talk shows and hosting shows like 'Saturday Night Live' and ' The Late Show with David Letterman.' This new platform will allow her to showcase her myriad talents on a daily basis."

�We are thrilled that Megan is going to bring her unique sensibility to daytime television,� says Wallach. �She is one of the most talented people in television-funny, entertaining and truly engaging. We believe Megan will be a major part of the syndication landscape for years to come.�

�I�m hosting a what?� said Mullally. �Oh, okay. Well, if I am, I want it to be different and I want the viewers to play an active role and actually get something out of watching it. I think it will be fun. Jeff Zucker is going to play drums in the band.�

Mullally can be seen weekly in her Emmy Award-winning role as socialite �Karen Walker� on NBC�s �Will & Grace,� which was just renewed for the 2005-2006 season.

Through �Will & Grace,� Mullally has won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series (2000), an American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Female Performer in a TV Series (2001), and three Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor is a Comedy Series (2002-04).

Mullally is a frequent guest on other talk shows, including, �The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,� �The Ellen DeGeneres Show,� �The Late Show with David Letterman,� and �The View.� She has hosted �Saturday Night Live� and �The Late Show with David Letterman� and recently interviewed Madonna for a VH1 special.

Mullally made her television series debut with Elaine Stritch and Ellen Burstyn on �The Ellen Burstyn Show.� She then appeared in regular roles on various series such as �My Life and Times� and �Rachel Gunn, R.N.� She also appeared as a guest star on series such as �Seinfeld,� �Frasier,� �Just Shoot Me!� and �China Beach,� among others. She appeared opposite Stanley Tucci as Walter Winchell�s wife in Paul Mazursky�s award-winning HBO television biopic �Winchell� and recently starred opposite Juliet Stevenson in Lifetime�s �The Pact.�

Mullally appeared in the feature film �Anywhere But Here� and starred in �Everything Put Together,� which was directed by Marc Forster (�Monster�s Ball,� �Finding Neverland�) and was an entry in the 2000 Sundance Film Festival�s main competition.

Mullally made her Broadway debut in the 1994 revival of �Grease� with Rosie O�Donnell. She received an Outer Critic�s Circle Award nomination for her performance as �Rosemary� in the Broadway revival of �How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying� opposite Matthew Broderick.

Her Los Angeles theater credits include �The Berlin Circle� at The Evidence Room Theater, for which she won the 2000 Backstage West Garland Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play and the LA Weekly Award for Best Leading Female Performance. Mullally, has also appeared in �Mayhem� at The Evidence Room, as well as a variety of plays and musicals in both Chicago and Los Angeles.

Mullally is also the lead singer and founder of the band Supreme Music Program. The band, which has released two CD�s, has recently performed at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, The Seattle Symphony and Chicago�s Goodman Theater.

About NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution
NBC Universal is a leader in providing entertainment programming to the domestic and international marketplaces. The NBC Universal Television Distribution division is responsible for the global distribution of NBC Universal product to all forms of television throughout the world. This includes distribution of current and library film and television product, including formats and non-scripted programming, in the pay, free, and basic markets, as well as the domestic syndication of first-run syndicated TV programs and theatrical and TV movie packages.

Current and upcoming first-run strip syndicated programming at NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution includes Martha, Access Hollywood, Blind Date, The Jane Pauley Show, The Jerry Springer Show, Maury and Starting Over. Current and upcoming first-run weekly syndicated programming includes The Chris Matthews Show, The George Michael Sports Machine, Rebecca's Garden, The Wall Street Journal Report with Maria Bartiromo, Your Total Health and the off-network distribution of Crossing Jordan, Fear Factor, Providence, Law & Order and many more series.





  [may 2005]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S


· ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW, THE (SYNDICATION)
· FRASIER (NBC)
· JUST SHOOT ME (NBC)
· MEGAN MULLALLY SHOW, THE (SYNDICATION)
· PACT, THE (LIFETIME)
· WILL & GRACE (NBC)





[08/20/17 - 08:31 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS, NBC Split Demo Crown
NASCAR on the Peacock and a rebroadcast of its Princess Diana special on the Eye lead the evening.

[08/19/17 - 08:37 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Gets Another Bump from "Big Brother" Special
The Eye edges the competition in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[08/18/17 - 11:18 PM]
Development Update: Friday, August 18
Updates include: D.J. Nash sells projects to ABC, CBS; Kevin Falls brings "The Unrequited" to NBC; and Steven Lilien, Bryan Wynbrandt set up "God Friended Me" at CBS.

[08/18/17 - 12:05 PM]
Walkers Are Invading AMC for "The Walking Dead" Multi-Weekend Marathon Event Beginning Sunday, August 20 at 9:00 A.M. ET/PT
Plus: look for "The Walking Dead: Season 8 Preview Special" on Sunday, September 10.

[08/18/17 - 11:29 AM]
MTV Announces New Host Terrence J. and Cast for Its Hit Matchmaking Series "Are You the One?" Premiering Wednesday, September 20th at 10:00 P.M. ET/PT
Before the premiere, audiences can get a sneak peek at the new cast in an audition tape casting special, airing Wednesday, September 13.

[08/18/17 - 09:54 AM]
Viceland Announces Fall Line-Up with New Shows & Returning Favorites
Returning are network staples "Bong Appétit" with Abdullah Saeed, Vanessa Lavorato and Ry Pritchard, "Weediquette" with Krishna Andavolu, "Cyberwar" with Ben Makuch, and "Hamilton's Pharmacopeia" with Hamilton Morris.

[08/18/17 - 09:01 AM]
Viola Davis and Julius Tennon to Executive-Produce One-Hour Telecast "EIF Presents: XQ Super School Live" to Inspire the Public to Rethink High School and Explore Ways to Prepare Students for Careers of the Future
The one-hour special will air across ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC on Friday, September 8 at 8:00/7:00c.

[08/18/17 - 09:00 AM]
Season Two of Original Scripted Series "Chesapeake Shores" Catapults Hallmark Channel as Top-Rated and Most-Watched Cable Network
The Hallmark Channel further spins the numbers for the week of August 7-13.

[08/18/17 - 08:20 AM]
Video: WE tv Releases Cast & Sneak Peek for Season 9 of Hit Series "Marriage Boot Camp Reality Stars"
The season will feature a brand new house of dysfunctional couples including Kailyn Lowry and Javi Marroquin, Bobby Panahi and Asifa Mirza, Juelia Kinney and JJ Lane, Peter Gunz and Amina Buddafly & Mehgan James and DeAndre Perry.

[08/18/17 - 08:12 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS, "Big Brother" Hold Onto Top Spot
The Eye wins the evening in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[08/18/17 - 07:49 AM]
Car Pros Make Room for the Under "Dogs" in Discovery's All-New Series "Gear Dogs (WT)"
The series, formerly known as "House of Cars," premieres Monday, September 4 at 10:00/9:00c on the cable channel.

[08/17/17 - 11:43 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, August 17
Updates include: ABC lands live-action take on "The Jetsons"; Frances O'Connor to star in Hulu's "Locke & Key"; and Paul Scheer to pen the "Galaxy Quest" TV series for Amazon.

[08/17/17 - 03:30 PM]
AXS TV Greenlights Season Three of the Popular Original Music Series "Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar Presented by Mercury Insurance"
Production on the 12-episode season began this month and is scheduled for air in early 2018.

[08/17/17 - 02:47 PM]
MTV's Iconic "Unplugged" Franchise Returns This Fall
The new season will feature an eclectic, superstar lineup of global pop culture artists and will kick off with multi-platinum, award-winning singer/songwriter and "2017 Video Music Awards" nominee and performer, Shawn Mendes.

[08/17/17 - 12:55 PM]
Buddy and His Team of Skilled Bakers Return to TLC's "Cake Boss," with Early Premieres on the Network's TV Everywhere Platform, TLC GO
Look for five new episodes becoming available on TLC GO this Friday, August 18 and an additional five episodes on Friday, August 25.