NICK AT NITE LAUNCHES AWARD-WINNING FAMILY COMEDY EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS LABOR DAY, SEPT. 7
NEW YORK, Aug. 27, 2009 � Nick at Nite, the home of the modern-day family comedy, launches Everybody Hates Chris Labor Day, Sept. 7, with an all-night marathon from 10:00 p.m. � 6:00 a.m. (ET/PT). The award-winning series, inspired and co-created by actor/comedian Chris Rock's real-life childhood experiences, then joins Nick at Nite's primetime line-up on Tuesday, Sept. 8, with back-to-back episodes airing nightly from 10:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Nick at Nite has acquired all four seasons (88 episodes) of the series from CBS Television Distribution.
The half-hour series stars Tyler James Williams ("Unaccompanied Minors") as Chris, Terry Crews ("The Longest Yard") as Julius, Tichina Arnold ("Martin") as Rochelle, Tequan Richmond ("Ray") as Drew, Imani Hakim as Tonya and Vincent Martella ("Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo") as Greg. The series features guest stars including Jimmie Walker, Loretta Devine, Wayne Brady, Orlando Jones, Richard Lewis, Vincent Pastore, Robert Wuhl, Phylicia Rashad and Tommy Davidson.
Everybody Hates Chris aired from Sept. 2005 to May 2009 on UPN/CW and is inspired by Rock's real-life childhood experiences. Co-created and narrated by Rock, along with co-creator and writer Ali LeRoi, the series tells the story of a teenager growing up as the eldest of three children in Brooklyn, New York, during the early 1980s. Uprooted to a new neighborhood and bused into a predominantly white middle school two hours away by his strict, hard-working parents, Chris struggles to find his place while keeping his siblings in line at home and surmounting the challenges of junior high. This responsible, resilient adolescent brings a distinct, funny spin to his everyday trials and traumas, in the critically acclaimed, single-camera comedy. Everybody Hates Chris has earned an NAACP Image Award� for Outstanding Comedy Series, as well as Golden Globe� and People's Choice Award nominations.
Everybody Hates Chris is executive produced by Michael Rotenberg ("King of the Hill"), Dave Becky ("Lucky Louie") and Don Reo ("My Wife and Kids"). The series is a production of CBS Paramount Network Television Inc. in association with Chris Rock Enterprises, Inc. and 3 Arts Entertainment.
Nick at Nite, which ranks as July's number-one basic cable network with Adults 18-49 in total day, features a slate of popular hit family comedies including the Emmy Award-winning series George Lopez, Malcolm in the Middle, Home Improvement and The Nanny. Its most recent addition, Glenn Martin, DDS reached a total of 11 million viewers (source: NPower 8/17/09-8/20/09), averaged 2.6 million viewers per telecast in its premiere week and ranked as ad-supported cable's number-one co-viewed entertainment series in prime time for the week.
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