or


[07/15/05 - 12:00 AM]
Bravo Partners with America Online to Exclusively Simulcast the Premiere of Bravo's New Original Documentary Series "Situation: Comedy"

[via press release from Bravo]

BRAVO PARTNERS WITH AMERICA ONLINE TO EXCLUSIVELY SIMULCAST THE PREMIERE OF BRAVO'S NEW ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY SERIES "SITUATION: COMEDY"

BRAVO PARTNERS WITH AMERICA ONLINE TO EXCLUSIVELY SIMULCAST THE PREMIERE OF BRAVO'S NEW ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY SERIES "SITUATION: COMEDY" ON TUESDAY, JULY 26

AOL TO STREAM TWO FINAL 15-MINUTE PRESENTATIONS AND WILL SERVE AS EXCLUSIVE DESTINATION WHERE VIEWERS CAN VOTE FOR THEIR FAVORITE "SITUATION: COMEDY" SITCOM TO DETERMINE THE WINNER

LOS ANGELES - July 15, 2005 - Bravo and America Online are teaming up to exclusively simulcast the series premiere of the network's new original documentary series "Situation: Comedy" on Tuesday, July 26. "Situation: Comedy" will premiere as a two-hour special from 8 p.m.-10 p.m. ET/PT, featuring two one-hour consecutive episodes at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. AOL? Television will simulcast the West Coast airing of the first episode on the Web at www.aol.com/television. "Situation: Comedy's" regular Tuesday night timeslot is 9 p.m., ET/PT. Additionally, from August 23 through August 31, AOL Television will exclusively stream the two final 15-minute sitcom presentations and give viewers the opportunity to vote for their favorite online, and ultimately determine the winner.

"This is the first time Bravo has given viewers the opportunity to vote for a winner of a competition-based reality series," said Lauren Zalaznick, President, Bravo. "AOL has been the perfect partner on past projects and we're fortunate to team up once again on this 'first ever' for Bravo."

Patricia Karpas, Vice President and General Manager of AOL Television, added, "AOL and Bravo have worked together on numerous occasions to engage online consumers with unique television programming. We are delighted to continue this successful partnership with 'Situation: Comedy' by giving viewers a chance to engage with the show online, and actually play a role in determining the winner of the competition."

"Situation: Comedy," the new eight-episode reality competition series about the making of a sitcom pilot, is the latest project from Emmy Award-winner Sean Hayes (NBC's "Will & Grace") and producing partner Todd Milliner. As part of the series launch, AOL Television will stream exclusive preview clips each week at aol.com/television. From Tuesday, August 23, through Wednesday, August 31, viewers can go to this site to watch the two final 15-minute presentations and vote for their favorite sitcom. In the final episode on Tuesday, September 6 at 9 p.m., Bravo will show the two final 15-minute presentations and will announce the winner.

About the series:

Viewers will have the opportunity to go behind the scenes of national television as neophyte writers earn the opportunity to produce and sell a sitcom - but the eavesdropping audience will give the final thumbs-up by choosing the winning entry when they vote online via AOL.

The producers of "Situation: Comedy" scoured the country looking for the hottest undiscovered writing talent at colleges, in comedy theater groups and even writing classes. Each candidate submitted an original sitcom script. Producers received over 10,000 scripts.

After producers and experienced show-runners Stan Zimmerman ("Gilmore Girls") and Maxine Lapiduss ("Roseanne") narrowed the field to five semi-finalists, the lucky five writers were flown to Los Angeles, where they were thrown into the deep end of the creative pitching pool. They submitted their ideas to NBC network executives who green-lighted two of the scripts to go into production as 15-minute presentations - shot by two very recognizable directors, Fred Savage ("The Wonder Years") and Amanda Bearse ("Married with Children").

The final two "wannabe" writers (or writing teams) were thrust immediately into the high-energy, high-stress world of television production. Viewers will be with them as they meet their staffs and find that they have to share many of their key staffers. Audiences will watch the entire process through casting, set design, rewrites, rehearsals, taping and post-production. In the end, they will see each completed presentation and can vote online for the sitcom they believe should get a shot for broadcast on television.

The winner will receive a cash prize of $25,000 and exclusive representation for one year with a major Hollywood talent agency to further help launch a successful writing career in film or television.

"Situation: Comedy" was developed by Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner. Multiple Emmy-winners Arnold Shapiro and Allison Grodner are executive producers together with Hayes and Milliner. "Situation: Comedy" is a HazyMills production in association with Shapiro/Grodner Productions.

About Bravo:

Bravo is the cable network that plugs people into arts, culture and pop culture with original programming, movies and by showing a whole different side of celebrities. Currently available in more than 79 million homes, Bravo is known for breaking exciting new personalities, shaking up the way we look at style, media, fame and Hollywood, pulling back the curtain on the creative process and making influential and inventive original programming. Its critically acclaimed and award-winning original programming includes "Inside the Actors Studio," "Celebrity Poker Showdown," "Project Greenlight," as well as the 2004 Emmy winner for Outstanding Reality Program, "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy." The network's other hits include "Project Runway," "Blow Out" and "Sports Kids Moms & Dads."

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 information visit www.bravotv.com.

About America Online, Inc.:

America Online, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Time Warner Inc. Based in Dulles, Virginia, America Online is the world's leader in interactive services, Web brands, Internet technologies and e-commerce services.





  [july 2005]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
     


· BLOW OUT (BRAVO)
· CELEBRITY POKER SHOWDOWN (BRAVO)
· GILMORE GIRLS (NETFLIX)
· INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO (BRAVO)
· PROJECT GREENLIGHT (HBO)
· PROJECT RUNWAY (LIFETIME)
· QUEER EYE (NETFLIX)
· SITUATION: COMEDY (BRAVO)
· SPORTS KIDS MOMS & DADS (BRAVO)
· WILL & GRACE (NBC)





[11/17/17 - 03:31 PM]
CBS Orders More Episodes of "S.W.A.T." & "9JKL"
The Eye has given a full season order to new drama series "S.W.A.T." and has picked up three additional episodes of new comedy "9JKL."

[11/17/17 - 02:26 PM]
Panelists Named on New Music Competition Series "The Four: Battle for Stardom," Premiering Thursday, Jan. 4 on FOX
Grammy(R) Award-winning musician, record producer and songwriter Sean "Diddy" Combs, record-producing hitmaker DJ Khaled, Grammy-winning recording artist and songwriter Meghan Trainor and record label executive Charlie Walk have joined the panel of experts.

[11/17/17 - 11:22 AM]
Jenji Kohan Inks Multi-Year Deal with Netflix
Said Kohan, "Current climate aside, it's great to be in bed with Netflix."

[11/17/17 - 09:02 AM]
Video: "Dave Chappelle: Equanimity" - New Stand-Up Special Teaser - Netflix
Dave Chappelle's brand new stand-up special premieres December 31 on Netflix.

[11/17/17 - 08:38 AM]
Video: "Easy" Season 2 Returns to Netflix December 1 - Watch the New Trailer
Aubrey Plaza, Dave Franco, Aya Cash, Judy Greer, Kate Berlant, Joe Lo Truglio, Zazie Beetz, Elizabeth Reaser, Kate Micucci, Michael Chernus, Jane Adams, Jacqueline Toboni, Evan Jonigkeit, Marz Timms, and Kiersey Clemons star in the upcoming season.

[11/17/17 - 08:15 AM]
Comedy Central Announces Talent Lineup for All-New Slate of "Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents..." Half-Hour Specials
The new season will tape on December 8 and 9 at the Civic Theatre in New Orleans and include performances by Emmy Blotnick, Tim Dillon, Devin Field, Megan Gailey, Chris Garcia, Langston Kerman, Mike Lawrence, Ryan O'Flanagan, and Sarah Tiana.

[11/17/17 - 08:13 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: "Thursday Night Football" Rises in NBC Victory
The Peacock takes home top honors in total viewers and adults 18-49.

[11/17/17 - 08:00 AM]
Our Fourth Season Has a Third Wheel... "Grace and Frankie" Are Back January 19th!
Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are joined by Lisa Kudrow in the new season.

[11/17/17 - 06:58 AM]
Netflix and Red Chillies Entertainment Announce A New Original Series Based on "Bard of Blood"
Penned by the young Indian author, Bilal Siddiqi the book will be brought to life as an eight-episode high-octane political espionage thriller series for more than 109 million members around the world.

[11/16/17 - 11:28 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, November 16
Updates include: TV Land cancels "Lopez," "Throwing Shade"; Rachel Bilson, Eddie Cibrian to lead "Take Two" at ABC; and Vicki Lawrence among quartet cast in FOX's "Cool Kids."

[11/16/17 - 02:42 PM]
VH1 Celebrates the Season with "Remy & Papoose: A Merry Mackie Holiday"
The one-hour special invites viewers to kick off the holiday season with Remy Ma and Papoose from VH1's "Love & Hip Hop: New York" as they prepare the ultimate holiday party for their friends and family in North Carolina.

[11/16/17 - 02:35 PM]
NBC Sets Midseason Premiere Dates for New Dramas "Good Girls" and "Rise"
They'll follow the spring premiere of "The Voice" and the season finale of "This Is Us," respectively.

[11/16/17 - 01:27 PM]
Bravo Media's "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" Returns Tuesday, December 19 at 9PM ET/PT
Erika Girardi, Dorit Kemsley, Kyle Richards, Lisa Rinna, and Lisa Vanderpump are joined by new housewife Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave and friend Camille Grammer.

[11/16/17 - 12:19 PM]
"32 Pills: My Sister's Suicide," A Searing Look at One Woman's Struggle to Cope with Her Sister's Suicide and Find Healing Through Art, Debuts Dec. 7 on HBO
Hope Litoff's directorial debut tells the powerful story of one sister struggling to know and accept the other in a way she was never able to in life, even as she learns to live with the pain of loss.

[11/16/17 - 12:01 PM]
Steve Harvey to Ring in 2018 on "FOX's New Year's Eve with Steve Harvey: Live From Times Square" Sunday, December 31, on FOX
In his first-ever New Year Eve's special with FOX, Harvey will bring his signature humor and hosting talents to this highly anticipated celebration taking place in the heart of New York City's Times Square, featuring views of the Times Square Ball as it drops to ring in 2018.