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[11/05/08 - 06:50 AM]
A&E Greenlights New Original Series "Keyshawn Johnson: Tackling Design" Following the Trials of a Pro Athlete Trying to Make a Serious Play to Become a Respected Interior Designer
Plus: "Sell This House" gets the green light for a seventh season.

[via press release from A&E]

A&E GREENLIGHTS NEW ORIGINAL SERIES "KEYSHAWN JOHNSON: TACKLING DESIGN" FOLLOWING THE TRIALS OF A PRO ATHLETE TRYING TO MAKE A SERIOUS PLAY TO BECOME A RESPECTED INTERIOR DESIGNER

"SELL THIS HOUSE" RETURNS FOR SEVENTH SEASON AND FACES CHALLENGING REAL-ESTATE MARKET AND FINANCIAL CLIMATE

BOTH REAL-LIFE SERIES IN PRODUCTION SLATED FOR PREMIERE IN 2009

NEW YORK � November 5, 2008 � A&E Network today announced a new original series "Keyshawn Johnson: Tackling Design" and the seventh season of veteran original "Sell This House," both Real-Life series are currently in production and slated for premiere in 2009 as part of the Saturday line-up, The Big Fix. "Keyshawn Johnson: Tackling Design" will follow the day-to-day drama facing former NFL pro and current ESPN analyst Keyshawn Johnson as he embarks on a very different career path: interior designer. And "Sell This House" will continue to give homeowners advice on how to best market their property for sale in the most challenging real-estate and financial environment in years.

"Sports fans are aware of Keyshawn's formidable skills on the field, but will be completely surprised by his talent as a designer. The fact that he is really trying to get his interior design business off the ground perfectly fits with our real life brand where we capture the real lives of extraordinary people," said Robert Sharenow, Senior Vice President, Nonfiction and Alternative Programming, A&E. "In the current real estate market, 'Sell This House' is even more pertinent than ever, because it demonstrates how to get the most out of your investment in your home."

Outspoken NFL veteran wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson may be known best for his play on the field, but now he's putting a completely different set of skills to the test in "Keyshawn Johnson: Tackling Design." Furniture, fabric and finishings used to be just a hobby, but with his football days behind him Johnson's wide-receiving now has more to do with fitting furniture through the front door of a house. Will clients take this former pro-athlete seriously as an interior designer? The ten episode half-hour series follows Johnson as he tries to make a name in the world of interior design. And given the pressures and personalities, Johnson's famous temper is sure to be put to the test.

During his eleven year career as an NFL wide receiver Johnson played for the New York Jets, Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he won a Super Bowl Championship during the 2002-2003 season. He retired in 2007 with 814 receptions, 64 touchdowns and 10,571 yards recorded during his career. Away from the gridiron Johnson heads up numerous business ventures and charitable endeavors including The Keyshawn Johnson Education Foundation which is dedicated to the health and well being of children.

"Keyshawn Johnson: Tackling Design" is produced for A&E by Screen Door Entertainment by executive producers Joe Rizor and Alessandra Ascoli. A&E Executive Producers are Robert Sharenow and Andy Berg.

After more than 150 episodes of the Emmy-nominated series "Sell This House," host Tanya Memme and resident designer Roger Hazard are true experts when it comes to offering up real-life experience and advice on how to make a sale and maximize returns. And they're back for the seventh season of "Sell This House" with thirteen new half-hour episodes. Using hidden cameras the series gives homeowners the chance to peek inside the mind of potential buyers. Each house is transformed on a budget, and then buyers are brought back in to give feedback on the changes. Will it be enough to make a sale? With the current financial and housing market in a fragile state, the "Sell This House" team faces the most challenging season ever to-date.

"Sell This House" is produced for A&E by Screaming Flea Productions. Screaming Flea Productions Executive Producer is Dave Severson, Series Producer is Lee Christofferson. Robert Sharenow is the executive producer and Jessica Morgan the Supervising Producer for A&E Network.

About A&E Network

A&E is "Real Life. Drama." Now reaching more than 97 million homes, A&E is television that you can't turn away from; where real life shows are dramatic and scripted dramas are authentic. A&E offers a diverse mix of high quality entertainment; ranging from the network's original scripted series including "The Cleaner" starring Benjamin Bratt and "The Beast" starring Patrick Swayze, to signature Real-Life franchises, including the Emmy-nominated "Intervention," "Dog The Bounty Hunter," "Paranormal State" and "Criss Angel Mindfreak," and the most successful justice shows on cable, including "The First 48" and "Crime 360." The A&E website is located at www.aetv.com.





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