GSN UNVEILS NEW ORIGINAL SERIES, "CARNIE WILSON: UNSTAPLED," EXAMINING CARNIE WILSON'S LIFE AND CAREER, PREMIERING IN JANUARY 2010
New Series Will Reveal the Personality
Behind the Game Show Host, Singer, Wife and Mother
Drawing Back the Curtain on Wilson's Multifaceted Life
(Santa Monica, CA)- October 21, 2009 � GSN announced today a new original reality series, "CARNIE WILSON: UNSTAPLED," starring game show host, singer and entertainer Carnie Wilson, slated to premiere Thursday, January 14, 2010 on GSN. The reality show will draw back the curtain on the personality behind the game show host, as Wilson juggles her careers as game show host, singer, entrepreneur, activist, and�most importantly�as a wife and the mother of two young girls. Wilson also just returned to host the second season of GSN's hit series, THE NEWLYWED GAME last week, on October 12. The announcement was made by Kelly Goode, Senior Vice President, Programming for GSN.
"Carnie's relatable life story is a perfect fit with our viewers, who are eager to discover the person behind the personality," says Goode. "In addition to being a charismatic and engaging entertainer, Carnie is a working mother with two very young children�including a newborn�a businessperson, and a woman who has spoken honestly about her struggles with her weight. Our viewers love Carnie, and she has helped make THE NEWLYWED GAME our #1 rated show, so this is a natural direction for GSN."
"I am thrilled to be working with GSN on my new series�I have so much fun doing THE NEWLYWED GAME, and I love to engage my fans and let them know about what's happening in my life," says Wilson. "I know there are so many people going through the same stages of life that I'm experiencing, and this new series gives us a great opportunity for an honest and lively give-and-take."
THE NEWLYWED GAME has been a ratings success story for GSN: the series improved each time slot in which it has been scheduled, whether in households or target demos (P18-49, P25-54, W25-54). It also ranked #1 in Household Delivery, P18-49 and P25-54 when compared with all other GSN original strips' premiere weeks.
A multi-talented entertainer, Wilson�daughter of legendary Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson�has made a career out of singing, songwriting, acting and hosting a variety of TV shows. Wilson's pop group, Wilson Phillips, is currently touring and next year will celebrate their 20-year anniversary. Wilson Phillips has sold more than 10 million albums and released three number-one hit singles. In 1996, Wilson starred in her own nationally syndicated talk show entitled "Carnie." She has also spent time as a special on-air correspondent for "Entertainment Tonight." Wilson is married to Rob Bonfiglio and they have two daughters, Lola and Luci.
"CARNIE WILSON: UNSTAPLED" is Executive Produced by Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey and Tom Campbell. Innovative production company World of Wonder is behind such entertaining hit series as "Tori & Dean: Inn Love," "RuPaul's Drag Race," "Million Dollar Listing" and "Helo-Loggers." In addition, World of Wonder has created award winning films and documentaries such as "Inside Deep Throat," "The Eyes of Tammy Faye," "Party Monster" and "Monica in Black and White." With offices in Hollywood and London, the company has produced cutting-edge fiction and non-fiction programming for HBO, Showtime, VH1, IFC, Discovery, MTV, BBC, PBS and Channel 4 UK, among others, and can be found online at www.worldofwonder.net.
GSN is a multimedia entertainment company that offers original and classic game programming via its 70-million subscriber television network and online games sites. GSN's cross-platform content gives viewers and participants the opportunity to win cash and prizes, whether through GSN's popular TV game shows, gsn.com's free casual games or its WorldWinner competitive cash tournaments. GSN is distributed throughout the U.S. and Canada by all major cable operators, satellite providers and telcos. GSN and its subsidiary, WorldWinner.com, Inc., are owned by Liberty Media Corporation and Sony Pictures Entertainment.