[10/24/05 - 12:00 AM]
NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution Locks Up Nation's Top Markets for Upcoming Talk/Variety Show with Megan Mullally

[via press release from NBC Universal Television Studio]



Syndicated Series Sold in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco For Fall 2006 Launch

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA-October 24 2005 - NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution has sold its upcoming talk/variety show with Emmy Award-winning "Will & Grace" star Megan Mullally in the nation's top markets, it was announced today by Barry Wallach, President, NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution.

The series, which is set to debut in national syndication in fall 2006, has been sold to NBC Owned and Operated stations WNBC-TV New York, KNBC-TV Los Angeles, WMAQ-TV Chicago and KNTV-TV San Francisco. Mullally's daily, one-hour show will originate from Los Angeles, Ca.

"Television programmers from coast to coast have recognized Megan's unique talents as a host, singer and Emmy Award-winning comedic actress," says Wallach. "The feedback we have received from the advertising and broadcasting communities is one of excitement, as they clearly recognize Megan as a fresh new personality for daytime."

Mullally can currently be seen weekly in her Emmy Award-winning role as socialite "Karen Walker" on NBC's "Will & Grace." Through "Will & Grace," Mullally has won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (2000) 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" and "The Late Show with David Letterman." She has hosted "Saturday Night Live" and guest-hosted "The Late Show with David Letterman" when Letterman took ill in 2003. She also interviewed Madonna for a VH1 special.

Mullally has appeared in a number of top TV series including "Seinfeld," "Frasier," and "China Beach," after making her television series debut with Elaine Stritch and Ellen Burstyn on "The Ellen Burstyn Show." She also 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 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 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. She also recently appeared at Los Angeles' Disney Concert Hall as a soloist.

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 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.

  [october 2005]  


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