TV Land Shows the World That 40 is Fabulous With Premiere of Newest Original Series, 'The Big 4-0' on April 16 at 10 PM (ET/PT)
Six-Episode Reality Series Documents Real People Celebrating Their 40th
Birthdays in Extraordinary Ways
NEW YORK, March 25 -- TV Land redefines what it means to
be 40 when it premieres "The Big 4-0" on April 16 at 10 p.m. (ET/PT). This
new original series -- which debuts with back-to-back episodes -- takes a
look at real people as they prepare for one of life's milestones --
cart-wheeling into this exciting new life-stage. From a former NFL player's
desire to prove he can still compete with the best to a successful woman
who seems to have it all but journeys to Italy to trace her roots to a
wheelchair-bound man who aspires to parachute out of an airplane, viewers
go behind-the-scenes as some of the most unexpected 40th birthday
festivities are being planned, plotted ... and celebrated!
Produced for TV Land by J.D. Roth and Todd A. Nelson at 3 Ball
Productions ("Beauty and the Geek" and "The Biggest Loser") and executive
produced by Keith Cox (TV Land), "The Big 4-0" is a six-episode reality
series that documents one real 39-year old per episode as he/she marks this
monumental occasion in surprising ways. Whether it is a fun vacation
getaway with friends to start a new chapter in their lives or an
extravagant costume party to possibly find love again, they reflect on what
they have accomplished thus far and what they aspire to do.
"'The Big 4-0' provides TV Land's audience with positive stories of
real people celebrating this milestone and embracing this new stage of life
in unexpected and sometimes amazing ways," states Larry W. Jones,
president, TV Land. "The experience of planning this event is something
that is not only entertaining but also relatable and truly speaks to an
underserved audience of people in their 40s and 50s."
Online, TVLand.com visitors can watch bonus and extended scenes from
each episode, full episodes the day after they air and catch sneak peeks of
upcoming episodes. Additionally, fans can view a library of photos --
including pictures from each celebrant's personal collection -- as well as
photos taken as they prepared and celebrated their 40th birthday. Finally,
fans can interact on the site's message boards to discuss their own big
plans for milestone birthdays.
The episode roll-out as follows (all times ET/PT):
Wednesday, April 16, 10 p.m.
"Derrick" A former running back of the Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions, Derrick
had an exciting career in the NFL. To celebrate his 40th, Derrick arranges
a football game with some of his former NFL friends against a group of
top-of- the-line collegiate players from Georgia Tech. Derrick must get
himself back into shape and convince former football pros like Brett
Perriman, Antonio London and Harry Colon to play against the younger
athletes. Find out if Derrick can make his football dreams come true and
prove that the second half of life is bigger, better and faster than the
Wednesday, April 16, 10:30 p.m.
Los Angeles model-turned-mom Lisa wonders if she can still be sexy at
40. She plans a huge bash with a red carpet, runway fashion show and an
extravagant setting to finally admit her true age to her friends.
Meanwhile, her husband has a big surprise in store for her -- a reunion
with her estranged mother whom Lisa misses dearly. How will she react to
her husband's secret surprise? Watch as Lisa proves to herself and the
world that 40 is more than just sexy -- it's the best time of your life!
Wednesday, April 23, 10 p.m.
Thrill-seeker Brian loves action and adventure, but 12 years ago, he
had a serious accident while horseback riding which left him confined to a
wheelchair. However, Brian's physical challenge hasn't stopped him from
having an amazing life with his beautiful wife and their 5-year-old
quadruplets! Approaching his 40th birthday, he decides to take up two
challenges: riding a horse again for the first time since his accident and
doing something he's always been told was impossible -- skydiving. Can
Brian overcome the challenge of a lifetime or will he have a change of
Wednesday, April 30, 10 p.m.
Growing up as part of the only Italian-American family in rural Utah,
Rita and her 12 siblings never really felt like they belonged. Now that
both of her parents have passed away, Italy holds a very special place in
her heart. To celebrate her 40th birthday, Rita and her friends plan an
exciting trip to Italy to rediscover her roots. She journeys to Caserta,
the city where her father was born, to meet her relatives for the first
time and literally walk in her father's footsteps. Find out if Rita
discovers that Italy is, and always will be, the place where her heart and
soul truly live.
Wednesday, May 7, 10 p.m.
Nashville resident Tonya is about to turn 40 and is suddenly facing a
divorce. After cancelling a trip to Jamaica, Tonya wonders if her best
friends have anything in store for her Big 4-0. Little does she know, her
friends will make her greatest wishes come true: from driving a sexy sports
car to dancing the night away at her surprise birthday party. Just when she
thinks that her 4-0 can't be any more perfect, her amazing day culminates
with the biggest surprise of all -- a tropical island getaway. Watch as she
learns the biggest gift is having best friends who'll never let her down!
Wednesday, May 14, 10 p.m.
On the surface it appears that beautiful DeeAnn has the perfect life
with great friends, a successful career and a loving daughter. But 7 years
ago, DeeAnn's fiance died of a sudden heart attack. She's been mourning
ever since, but decides it's finally time to move on. For her 40th, DeeAnn
and her friends throw a huge 18th century-themed bash featuring period
costumes fit for a masquerade ball, a horse-drawn carriage and fine wine.
DeeAnn's friends send her to a matchmaker who sets her up with two eligible
bachelors. Will this real-life Cinderella find her handsome Prince Charming
in time for the ball?
About TV Land:
TV Land continues to build the ultimate entertainment brand on all
platforms for consumers in their 40s and 50s. Armed with a slate of
original programming, newly acquired classic and contemporary TV, hit
movies and its redesigned website -- TVLand.com -- the network is uniquely
positioned to superserve the first generation of Americans who grew up
alongside television. The network's program mix features original
programming, popular dramas, sitcoms and westerns in a fun-filled, pop
culture environment featuring a roster of popular shows including "All in
the Family," "M*A*S*H," "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Just Shoot Me," which
joined TV Land in January, 2008. In the coming months, the network will
roll out a slate of new original series' such as "She's Got The Look,"
"Family Foreman" and "The Big 4-0" as well as more episodes of the hit show
"High School Reunion." TVLand.com, the network's Emmy Award-winning
website, is devoted to all aspects of entertainment including TV, music and
movies and features full-length episodes, a movie trailer database and over
a dozen radio stations. TV Land is now seen in over 90 million U.S. homes.
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