or


[12/18/08 - 11:14 AM]
Tony Award(R)-Winning Actress Marissa Jaret Winokur ("Hairspray") to Host Oxygen's New Original Series "Dance Your Ass Off"
Winokur will "introduce the dance numbers and support the contestants by guiding them through their weekly journey to a healthier lifestyle, but doing it in a fun way."

[via press release from Oxygen]

TONY AWARD�-WINNING ACTRESS MARISSA JARET WINOKUR ("HAIRSPRAY") TO HOST OXYGEN'S NEW ORIGINAL SERIES "DANCE YOUR ASS OFF"

Oxygen's First-Ever Dance and Weight-Loss Competition Series Features Dance, Diet and Divas as Contestants Compete to Find Their Inner thin

NEW YORK-DECEMBER 18, 2008- TONY Award�-winning actress Marissa Jaret Winokur, well known for her role as plus-size Tracy Turnblad in the hit Broadway musical "Hairspray," will host the newest original entry from Oxygen, the network's first-ever dance and weight-loss competition series, "Dance Your Ass Off." The announcement was made by Amy Introcaso-Davis, Senior Vice President, Original Programming and Development, Oxygen.

The new series will combine the best of both reality genres as contestants diet and dance to discover their inner thin. Each week contestants on "Dance Your Ass Off" will be judged by their ability to perform a dance routine combined with the weight loss they have achieved for that week. They will be scored by a panel of judges (to be announced at a later date).

As host of "Dance Your Ass Off," Winokur will introduce the dance numbers and support the contestants by guiding them through their weekly journey to a healthier lifestyle, but doing it in a fun way. The contestants will be challenged with mastering a variety of dance styles from hip-hop to ballroom and cabaret. "Dance Your Ass Off" will premiere on Oxygen in 2009. Since dancing is not always a solo activity, the contestants will be partnered with professional dancers (to be announced) who will help each contestant reach their highest dancing potential.

"The stars really aligned on this one. Marissa was absolutely our first choice to host this show. She has the right blend of enthusiasm and talent to help these contestants as they juggle learning new dances and managing healthier eating habits," said Introcaso-Davis. "We are fortunate to have someone who has experienced first hand the struggles of losing weight, as well as the grueling training it takes to learn dance routines from her time on 'Dancing With the Stars.'"

"I am thrilled to be the host of 'Dance Your Ass Off!,'" said Winokur. "I had the time of my life learning how to ballroom dance for 'Dancing with the Stars,' and getting in shape was just an amazing extra bonus. I'm really excited to help others do the same thing. I know what the contestants will go through on so many levels, I am sure we will inspire each other!"

Winokur is currently reprising her role as Tracy in the Broadway production of "Hairspray's" final month, ending January 4, 2009. Additionally, she acts as a correspondent for TV Guide Channel's "Hollywood 411" and "Reality Chat." Most recently, Winokur's fancy feet brought her to the semi-finals on ABC's sixth season of "Dancing With the Stars."

Winokur has been featured in a myriad of roles on both the big and small screens, including a co-starring role with Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon in "Fever Pitch." She also played roles in popular classic films such as "American Beauty," "Never Been Kissed" and "Scary Movie." Winokur's TV credits include a co-starring role on FOX's hit comedy "Stacked" with Pamela Anderson; recurring roles on "Dharma & Greg" and "Moesha;" and appearances on hit series "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Just Shoot Me" and "Felicity." She began her career on stage, appearing as Jan in the Broadway production of "Grease."

Winokur's performance as Tracy has garnered her a TONY Award�, Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress. In July 2008, Winokur and her husband, Judah Miller, welcomed baby boy Zev Isaac Miller.

"DYAO" will be produced by 495 Productions. Sally Ann Salsano ("A Shot at Love") is executive producer. The show was developed by Lisa Ann Walter and Kate Rigg, who will also serve as consulting producers.

About Oxygen:

Oxygen is a program service of NBC Universal Cable Entertainment and is currently available in over 74 million homes. The network was launched in 2000 to fill a void in the television landscape -- creating a network targeted to younger women. Oxygen is rewriting the rulebook for women's television, with a vast array of unconventional and original programming including "Bad Girls Club," "Coolio's Rules," "The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency," and "Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood."





  [december 2008]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
 


· CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM (HBO)
· DANCE YOUR ASS OFF (OXYGEN)
· DANCING WITH THE STARS (ABC)
· DHARMA & GREG (ABC)
· DOUBLE SHOT AT LOVE, A (MTV)
· FELICITY (WB)
· JUST SHOOT ME (NBC)
· MOESHA (UPN)
· STACKED (FOX)





[08/15/17 - 01:14 PM]
Showtime Sports(R) to Chronicle the 2017 United States Naval Academy Football Team with Weekly Docu-Series "A Season with Navy Football"
After chronicling The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Florida State Seminoles in its first two seasons, the original franchise returns to reveal a vastly different picture of student-athlete life.

[08/15/17 - 11:21 AM]
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries' Newest "Garage Sale Mystery Month" Premiere Scores as Highest-Rated and Most-Watched Telecast in Network History
The Hallmark Channel spins the numbers for the week of August 7-13.

[08/15/17 - 11:20 AM]
Video: Netflix Announces the Launch Date and Debuts Trailer for Original Documentary Short "Resurface"
The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival where it won a Special Jury Mention and will launch globally on Netflix on September 1.

[08/15/17 - 10:44 AM]
Smithsonian Channel(TM) Calls All Aboard with "Mighty Cruise Ships" and "Mighty Trains"
Look for both series back-to-back beginning Sunday, September 3 at 8:00/7:00c.

[08/15/17 - 10:31 AM]
2017 "NFL on CBS" Broadcast Pairings Feature Five New Teams Led by New Lead Announce Team of Jim Nantz, Tony Romo and Tracy Wolfson
Beth Mowins will become the first woman to ever call play-by-play for the network's NFL games when she teams with new game analyst Jay Feely to call Cleveland-Indianapolis on September 24.

[08/15/17 - 10:08 AM]
Patrick Dempsey, Ben Schnetzer, Damon Wayans Jr and Virginia Madsen Star in the MGM Television, Eagle Pictures and Barbary Films New Television Series Based on the Worldwide Best-Selling Novel "The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair"
The project takes place in coastal Maine and focuses on Marcus Goldman who is visiting Harry Quebert's home to find a cure for his writer's block as his publisher's deadline looms.

[08/15/17 - 10:06 AM]
Netflix Renews "Ozark" for a Second Season
The Jason Bateman/Laura Linney-led drama will return for 10 new episodes.

[08/15/17 - 10:02 AM]
"Younger" Continues to Break All-Time Series Records with Highest-Rated and Most-Watched Episode Ever
TV Land further spins the numbers for Wednesday, August 9.

[08/15/17 - 10:01 AM]
"Project Runway" Gets Accessorized with Launch of Three New Digital Series from A+E Networks' 45th & Dean
Fan favorite digital series "Project Sammy's Way," which debuted with season 15, also returns this year.

[08/15/17 - 09:15 AM]
"Mysteries of the Abandoned: Chernobyl's Deadly Secrets" Premieres Thursday, August 31 at 9 PM on Science Channel
For the past seven years, engineer Philip Grossman's obsession has been the abandoned landscape that has developed out of the infamous nuclear disaster at Chernobyl.

[08/15/17 - 08:28 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC, "Bachelor in Paradise" Win Demo Crown
The Alphabet narrowly edges NBC and "American Ninja Warrior" among adults 18-49.

[08/15/17 - 08:01 AM]
Video: "The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)" Teaser Released
Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Elizabeth Marvel and Dustin Hoffman star in Noah Baumbach's Netflix film.

[08/15/17 - 07:21 AM]
FOX Sports Unveils Broadcast Teams for 2017 NFL Season
Three-time Super Bowl Champion Mark Schlereth spends his first season in the booth alongside play-by-play announcer Dick Stockton and sideline reporter Shannon Spake.

[08/15/17 - 07:18 AM]
Investigation Discovery (ID) Partners with the Southern Poverty Law Center to Develop New Special about the White Supremacy Movement
The cable channel will also encore its special "Hate in America: The Klan on Trial" this Thursday at 8:00/7:00c.

[08/15/17 - 07:07 AM]
Discovery Explores the Disturbing Story of a Young Man Who Was Found Inside a Deadly Snake in "Man-Eating Python" Premiering August 25 at 10PM ET/PT
Hosted by Rob Nelson, the all-new special reveals the science behind these remarkable python attacks and how we as humans could be contributing to the rise in them.