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[05/02/06 - 12:00 AM]
Nick at Nite Unveils Roll-Out of New Hit Sitcoms When Home Improvement, a Different World, Newsradio and Designing Women Join Line-Up Beginning July 2006 Through September 2007

[via press release from Nick at Nite]

Nick at Nite Unveils Roll-Out of New Hit Sitcoms When Home Improvement, A Different World, Newsradio and Designing Women Join Line-Up Beginning July 2006 Through September 2007

The Cosby Show Spin-Off A Different World Kicks off New Slate in July

NEW YORK, May 2 -- Nick at Nite -- the #1 basic cable network among Adults 18-49 -- will add even more hit shows to its line-up of popular comedies like The Cosby Show, Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Roseanne with the addition of A Different World, Designing Women, Newsradio and Home Improvement, it was announced today at the MTV Networks Upfront Presentation at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden. The new series rollout will begin in July, 2006 and continue through September, 2007.

"Nick at Nite is the premier destination for sitcoms like Home Improvement that have a strong appeal to the Nick at Nite audience," states Larry W. Jones, President, TV Land and Nick at Nite. "These programs represent the perfect fit for our viewers and we are thrilled to add them to our already stellar line-up."

For 2006 year to date, Nick at Nite is pacing to record its highest-rated and most-watched year ever among its target A18-49 audience on a total programming day basis. Driven by the continued success of modern hit sitcoms The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, The Cosby Show and Roseanne, the network is currently the number-one basic cable network among Adults 18-34, Women 18-49, Women 18-34 and Women 25-54.

The shows premiering on the network beginning July include:

A Different World (July 19, 2006) -- This ensemble comedy was a spin-off of the hugely popular The Cosby Show and aired on NBC from 1987 to 1993. Set at the fictitious, historically black Hillman College in the South, it centered around Denise Huxtable (Lisa Bonet), one of the four daughters on The Cosby Show. Denise is constantly trying to adjust to the changes of living away from home on her own as well as deal with her roommates Jaleesa (Dawnn Lewis), a young divorcee and Maggie (Marisa Tomei), a free-spirited and naive girl who also happens to be one of the only white students on campus. Other characters in the series include Whitley Gilbert (Jasmine Guy), a rich Southern belle; Dwayne Wayne (Kadeem Hardison), a nerdy but fast-talking New Yorker, his best friend Ron Johnson (Darryl Bell) and Walter Oakes (Sinbad), who was the dorm director. There were various changes after the first season when Lisa Bonet left the series. Debbie Allen took over as producer and director after the first season, turning the show into one which explored more social and political issues. Controversial topics such as AIDS, racial discrimination, date rape and the 1992 Los Angeles uprisings were all addressed, and several new characters were added, such as: Kim Reese (Charnele Brown), a pre-med student; Mr. Gaines (Lou Myers), the cafeteria cook; Col. Taylor (Glynn Turman), the campus ROTC commander; Freddie Brooks (Cree Summer), an environmental activist and Lena James (Jada Pinkett), a feisty freshman from Baltimore. The series also gave more prominence to the romantic relationship of Dwayne and Whitley, who became the show's main stars.

Newsradio (July, 2006) -- This sitcom, which aired on NBC from 1995 to 1999 showcases the hilarious antics at WNYX, a whimsical #2 all news radio station in New York City. Dave Nelson (Dave Foley) has just been brought in from Wisconsin as the news director by the station's owner, Jimmy James (Stephen Root). A bit overwhelmed by his new job, Dave must also deal with his new co-workers who are rather eccentric and witty. The staff includes: on-air anchors Bill (Phil Hartman) and Catherine (Khandi Alexander) who are constantly sniping at each other, Matthew (Andy Dick), an inept reporter, Beth (Vicky Lewis), a crazy secretary and Joe (Joe Rogan), the maintenance man. Rounding off the staff is Lisa (Maura Tierney), a smart and ambitious writer who actually should have gotten Dave's job. The two end up beginning an on- again off-again romance that becomes the hot topic of conversation among their friends and colleagues. The untimely death of Phil Hartman led the show to cast Jon Lovitz in 1998 as Max Lewis, a new on-air personality.

Designing Women (October, 2006) -- This critically-acclaimed series stars Dixie Carter, Delta Burke, Jeanne Smart and Annie Potts as four outspoken Southern women running Sugarbaker and Associates, an interior decorating business in Atlanta. The show, which aired on CBS from 1986 to 1993, focuses on their personal and professional lives, as they deal with their business, romances and friendship. Julia Sugarbaker (Carter)is the founder of the business and the classy and smart one of the bunch. Her sister Suzanne (Burke), is a former beauty queen who uses her flirtatious ways to charm both clients and men, Mary Jo (Potts), is a recently divorced mom with two kids and Charlene (Smart) is the trusting business manager who has never been married. Anthony (Meshach Taylor) is their outspoken deliveryman/handyman, who also happens to be an ex-con, but constantly gives his opinion on everything going on in the ladies' lives.

Home Improvement (September, 2007) -- This comedy stars Tim Allen as Tim Taylor, host of a TV show in Detroit called Tool Time. Ironically, Tim's accident prone nature lands him in the emergency room more often than not. Right-hand-man Al Borland (Richard Karn) -- his flannel-wearing co-host -- is usually there to help him out, and Tim's neighbor Wilson (Earl Hindman) whose face is usually hidden behind a fence, is often doling out advice. Jill (Patricia Richardson) is Tim's wife, who is studying to be a psychiatrist and also dealing with Tim's crazy antics. The two are raising three sons - Mark, Randy and Brad (Taran Noah Smith, Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Zachery Ty Brian), who viewers get to see grow up throughout the series' run. Over the course of the series, which aired on ABC from 1991 to 1999, Pamela Anderson, Heidi Keppert and Debbe Dunning all play the Tool Time girls on Tim's show.

For more information about Nick at Nite's originals line-ups, visit http://www.nickatnite.com . Nick at Nite and all related logos and titles are trademarks of Viacom International, Inc.

Currently seen in more than 88 million U.S. homes, Nick at Nite features timeless hit comedies: The Cosby Show - this Emmy Award-winning sitcom is one of the network's highest-rated shows: Full House -- this popular family comedy is one of the highest-rated and most popular syndicated programs in television; and Roseanne, one of the most talk-about and celebrated sitcoms in television history.

MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. MTV Networks, with more than 100 channels worldwide, owns and operates the following television programming services - MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, VH1, mtvU, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, LOGO, MTVN INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 13 digital services, all of these brands are trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks connects with its audiences through its robust consumer products businesses and its more than 90 interactive properties worldwide, including online, broadband, wireless and interactive television services and also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.

SOURCE Nick at Nite
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