[08/18/05 - 12:00 AM]
Comedy Central Orders Second Season of Hit Game Show "Distraction"

[via press release from Comedy Central]

COMEDY CENTRAL Orders Second Season Of Hit Game Show "Distraction"

New Season To Consist Of 14 Episodes And Will Premiere 1Q 2006 British Comedian Jimmy Carr Back To Serve As Host

NEW YORK, August 18, 2005 -- COMEDY CENTRAL has ordered a second season of the network's hit game show, "Distraction," it was announced today by Lauren Corrao, executive vice president, original programming and development. The second season order is for 14 episodes and it will premiere in 1Q 2006.

Produced by FremantleMedia North America ("American Idol," "How Clean Is Your House?") and hosted by British comedian Jimmy Carr, this outrageous, laugh-out-loud game show revolves around Carr's sharp, dry wit and his brash dealings with contestants. Based on FremantleMedia's British show of the same name, "Distraction" demands the ultimate in physical and mental endurance from its contestants. The show pitches four rivals in a battle of wits to answer general knowledge questions while being "distracted" by a series of challenges, aimed at throwing them off course.

"We're excited to bring 'Distraction' back for a second season of nudists, masochists and narcissists," said Corrao. "The focus of the contestants is truly amazing to watch and they'll need every ounce of it as they put themselves through the challenges the writers and producers have cooked up for the new season."

?We are very proud of the outstanding response to the first season of ?Distraction,?? said Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO of FremantleMedia North America. ?We look forward to building on our success with COMEDY CENTRAL as we head into another season.?

New distractions for the second season include: Tattoo -- tattoo artists administer fresh tattoos while contestants try to concentrate on answering questions; Nudist on Turntables -- wearing nothing but index cards with answers written on them, nudists rotate on a turntable as contestants are asked questions that correlate to the answers on the cards and must take the cards/answers off the nudists with their teeth; Electrocution -- contestants receive an electric shock every time they blink as they attempt to answer questions; Geese Peck -- contestants must answer questions while lying down in a pen, covered with feed, as geese eat off their bodies; and Catapult -- a small catapult throws a bevy of items such as eggs, pies and flour into the contestants' faces each time they buzz in to answer a question.

First season "distractions" that will make an encore include: Clothes Pins, contestants must attach as many clothespins on their face as possible during a speed round of questions; Wrestlers, huge wrestlers body slam and throw contestants around while they are asked and answer a variety of questions; and Hot Shots, contestants down a shot of hot sauce before they can answer each question.

Carr, the current host of "Distraction" in the UK, is a frequent performer at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival and the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. He has also appeared on such shows as ?The Tonight Show with Jay Leno? and ?Late Night With Conan O'Brien.?

"Distraction" is executive produced by Michael Dugan, whose credits include COMEDY CENTRAL's ?Trigger Happy TV," the game show ?Smush? for USA Network and ?Apt. 2F? for MTV. Zoe Friedman and Scott Landsman serve as executives in charge of production for COMEDY CENTRAL.

FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) is on the leading edge of global broadcast production, developing some of television's most innovative and watched new programming. Based in Santa Monica and with offices in New York, FMNA has produced such genre-bending shows as the musical/reality phenomenon "American Idol" (Fox), which received five Emmy nominations in 2003, and the hotly debated reality series "The Swan" (Fox). The company recently completed a 12 episode series of the comedy game show ?Distraction?, for Comedy Central. Other credits include "The Price Is Right" (CBS), the longest-running game show in television history, the daily syndicated game show ?Family Feud? and the breakout hit lifestyle show "How Clean Is Your House?" (Lifetime).

COMEDY CENTRAL, the only all-comedy network, currently is seen in more than 87 million homes nationwide. COMEDY CENTRAL is owned by Comedy Partners, a wholly-owned division of MTV Networks. COMEDY CENTRAL is a registered trademark of Comedy Partners. COMEDY CENTRAL's Internet address is http://www.comedycentral.com.

  [august 2005]  


[10/25/16 - 01:16 PM]
Comedy Central Sets Election Night Programming
Highlights include a live one-hour telecast of "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" airing at 11:00/10:00c.

[10/25/16 - 01:00 PM]
CMT's Annual "Artists of the Year" Celebration Continues to Rise Attracting Nearly 2 Million Viewers with Ratings Soaring More Than 20%
CMT spins the numbers for Thursday, October 20.

[10/25/16 - 12:38 PM]
Showtime(R) Accelerates World Television Premiere Date for "Zero Days" to Saturday, Nov. 5 at 9PM ET/PT
As the subject continues to make headlines across the U.S and world, this film becomes more relevant and powerful documentary as viewers are being confronted by these issues in their daily lives.

[10/25/16 - 12:01 PM]
"The 2016 SNL Election Special" Revisits Unpredictable Presidential Campaign
The hour-long telecast is set to air Monday, November 7 at 10:00/9:00c.

[10/25/16 - 11:26 AM]
Discovery Cruises Into SEMA to Find the Next Motor Monday Star
Discovery Casting will be scouting for new talent at the SEMA Auto show taking place November 1-4 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

[10/25/16 - 10:59 AM]
FYI Orders Season Five of "Married at First Sight" in Chicago
Production has already begun in Chicago, Illinois with the new season slated to air in 2017.

[10/25/16 - 10:14 AM]
TV One Joins Lexus for a Special Presentation of "Lexus Verses and Flow" Airing Wednesday, October 26 at 11 PM ET/8 PM PT
Dondré T. Whitfield hosts the special evening that blends music performances by chart-topping artists with spoken word presentations from top slam poetry artists.

[10/25/16 - 10:11 AM]
Video: Key Art and Trailer for Season Two of Original Scripted Drama, "The Art of More" Released
Returning for the new season are stars Dennis Quaid, who also serves as executive producer, Kate Bosworth, Cary Elwes and Christian Cooke.

[10/25/16 - 10:01 AM]
History's New Military Drama Series "Six" Premieres Wednesday, January 18 at 10PM ET/PT
The eight episode first season follows members of Navy SEAL Team Six, modern American warriors, whose covert mission to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan goes awry when they uncover a U.S. citizen working with terrorists.

[10/25/16 - 09:01 AM]
International Icon Lady Gaga to Perform at the "2016 American Music Awards(R)"
Lady Gaga is a nine-time American Music Award nominee and took home the win in 2010 for Favorite Female Artist - Pop/Rock.

[10/25/16 - 08:48 AM]
Bravo Media Goes Behind the Scenes of the Ultra Exclusive "Timber Creek Lodge" Premiering Monday, December 5 at 10PM ET/PT
It's all work and a lot of play at "Timber Creek Lodge," where viewers will go behind the doors of a five-star mountain retreat to see the on-and-off duty shenanigans of the resort staff working around the clock to provide the ultimate vacation experience.

[10/25/16 - 08:46 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Tops Charts with "The Voice"
The Peacock stakes claim to the most-watched network among total viewers and adults 18-49.

[10/25/16 - 08:36 AM]
Jennifer Nettles to Host "CMA Country Christmas," Airing Monday, November 28, on ABC
Nettles, who is hosting the special for the seventh time this year, will release her first holiday album, "To Celebrate Christmas," October 28, on Big Machine Records.

[10/25/16 - 08:00 AM]
Video: Oy with the Poodles Already! Netflix's "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life" Trailer Is Here!
"Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life" launches Friday, November 25, everywhere that Netflix is available.

[10/25/16 - 07:31 AM]
BBC America Confirms Casting for Final Season of "Orphan Black"
Returning guest stars include Evelyne Brochu, Calwyn Shurgold and James Frain.