or


[11/12/09 - 12:07 PM]
Sundance Channel Breaks the Ice with New Original Series "Be Good Johnny Weir" Premiering January 18th
The series explores the life of three-time U.S. National Figure Skating Champion and World Medalist Johnny Weir.

[via press release from Sundance]

SUNDANCE CHANNEL BREAKS THE ICE WITH NEW ORIGINAL SERIES "BE GOOD JOHNNY WEIR" PREMIERING JANUARY 18TH

Eight-Part Docu-Series Explores Real Life Ice-Capades of Iconoclastic Figure Skater and Pop Culture Sensation Johnny Weir and His Quest for Olympic Gold

New York, November 12, 2009 � Lights, camera, axel! In the eight-part original documentary series, "Be Good Johnny Weir," Sundance Channel explores the life of one of America�s most outspoken and colorful sports figures, three-time U.S. National Figure Skating Champion and World Medalist Johnny Weir. The series airs Mondays at 10:30pm e/p beginning January 18th.

"Be Good Johnny Weir" delivers an absorbing portrait of an athlete whose personality is as big as his talent. Bright, quick-witted and extroverted, Weir is as comfortable walking in a downtown New York fashion show as he is on the ice, and he is known for giving candid, irreverent, responses at press events. At the same time, Weir has the athletic prowess to back up his pop culture stardom, demonstrating both breathtaking grace and supreme technical skill. He also injects his larger-than-life persona into his routines -- wearing sparkly self-designed "onesie" costumes portraying both male and female characters in his controversial routine "The Swan." Weir was heavily favored going into the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics, but finished a disappointing fifth. Now 24, the skater has learned that talent alone does not make a champion � and he knows he must dig deep if he is to secure what may be his last chance at a place on a U.S. Olympic team. "Be Good Johnny Weir" follows Weir as he competes all over the globe, culminating in his appearance at the U.S. Men�s Nationals in January, the results of which determine whether or not he will vie for the gold in Vancouver. It is here that Weir will learn whether or not he will be able to fulfill his dream of Olympic glory on the world stage.

"This series tells the hugely entertaining tale of an independent quest for greatness" said Sarah Barnett, Sundance Channel EVP and GM. "Weir is a very compelling individual, someone who takes the art of skating to a higher level, and we�re excited to give our viewers the chance to follow his adventure across the ice."

"Be Good Johnny Weir" kicks off on January 18th with a special 90-minute episode, "Pop Star on Ice." This feature-length episode screened at several film festivals in the summer of 2009, and received glowing reviews. Writing about "Pop Star on Ice" at the Seattle International Film Festival, Alissa Simon of Variety called it "a fascinating portrait" in which "Weir proves as natural a screen presence as he is a skater."

"Be Good Johnny Weir" is directed and produced by James Pellerito and David Barba, who will also serve as Executive Producers. The series is directed, produced and co-financed by Original Media ("LA Ink", "Stormchasers", "The Rachel Zoe Project"). Executive Producers for Sundance Channel are Sarah Barnett, Lynne Kirby and Ann Rose.

The schedule for "Be Good Johnny Weir" is as follows:

Monday, January 18th at 10:30pm "Be Good Johnny Weir"/Episode 1: "Pop Star on Ice"

Monday, January 25th at 10:30pm "Be Good Johnny Weir"/Episode 2

Monday, February 1st at 10:30pm "Be Good Johnny Weir"/Episode 3

Monday, February 8th at 10:30pm "Be Good Johnny Weir"/Episode 4

Monday, March 1st at 10:30pm "Be Good Johnny Weir"/Episode 5

Monday, March 8th at 10:30pm "Be Good Johnny Weir"/Episode 6

Monday, March 15th at 10:30pm "Be Good Johnny Weir"/Episode 7

Monday, March 22ndat 10:30pm "Be Good Johnny Weir"/Episode 8

About Johnny Weir

Johnny Weir was born and raised in Coatesville, Pennsylvania and started skating very late for a figure skater, at the age of twelve. Four years later, he was the World Junior Champion. Johnny placed fifth at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino and is a three time National Champion as well as the 2008 World Bronze Medalist. Unlike most figure skaters, Johnny is a clockwise spinner and jumper. He is known for his quick wit, his fashion sense, his sparkly onesie' costumes which he designs himself, and his tremendous natural talent and grace on the ice. Jon Heder's character in Blades of Glory was based on Johnny Weir.

About Sundance Channel

Under the creative direction of Robert Redford, Sundance Channel is the television destination for independent-minded viewers seeking something different. Bold, imaginative and uncompromising, Sundance Channel offers audiences a diverse and engaging selection of films, documentaries and original programs. Launched in 1996, Sundance Channel is a subsidiary of Rainbow Media Holdings LLC. Sundance Channel operates independently of the non-profit Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival, but shares the overall Sundance mission of encouraging artistic freedom of expression. Sundance Channel's website address is www.sundancechannel.com.

About Rainbow Media Holdings LLC

Rainbow Media Holdings LLC is a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC). Rainbow Media is a leading producer of targeted, multi-platform content for global distribution, creating and managing some of the world's most compelling and dynamic entertainment brands, including AMC, IFC, WE tv, Sundance Channel and VOOM HD Networks. Through IFC Entertainment, Rainbow Media also owns and manages the following: IFC Films, a leading distribution company for independent film; IFC Productions, a feature film production company that provides financing for select independent film projects; and IFC Center, a three screen, state-of-the-art cinema in the heart of New York's Greenwich Village. Rainbow Media also operates Rainbow Advertising Sales Corporation, its advertising sales company; Rainbow Network Communications, its full service network programming origination and distribution company; and 11 Penn TV, a company that manages Rainbow Media's NYC studios and post-production facilities.





  [november 2009]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S


· BE GOOD JOHNNY WEIR (LOGO)
· LA INK (TLC)
· RACHEL ZOE PROJECT, THE (BRAVO)
· STORM CHASERS (DISCOVERY)











[10/29/14 - 05:01 PM]
Fan Favorite Chris Soules Searches for Love Again on ABC's Hit Romance Reality Series, "The Bachelor," When It Premieres Monday, January 5, 2015
Chris Soules, the stylish farmer from Iowa, was sent home by Andi Dorfman on "The Bachelorette."

[10/29/14 - 04:37 PM]
"The Great Christmas Light Fight" Returns for Its Second Season, Premiering December 8 on ABC
Each of the six one hour episodes features 4 families from across America who work harder than the elves themselves in order to out-deck the halls of their competition and possibly win the ultimate Christmas Gift: $50,000!

[10/29/14 - 03:25 PM]
Duggar Wedding Rings in Record Ratings for TLC
TLC spins the numbers for Tuesday, October 28.

[10/29/14 - 03:25 PM]
Video: "Justified" - Hat Trick
Get your first tease for the upcoming final season, due this January on FX.

[10/29/14 - 03:11 PM]
"The Taste" Returns to ABC - Season Three Premieres Thursday, December 4
Returning this season to train the cooks is "The Taste's" all-star team of mentors: Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre and Marcus Samuelsson.

[10/29/14 - 02:59 PM]
ABC Announces November 2014 Sweeps Programming
The Alphabet details its programming highlights for the coming month (SPOILERS!).

[10/29/14 - 02:10 PM]
NBA on ESPN Returns with Season-Opening Full Court Press
The NBA on ESPN will return for its season-opening week of coverage, highlighted by several of the league's top superstars in action, including LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose and Carmelo Anthony.

[10/29/14 - 02:00 PM]
Syfy and Alcon TV Announce Start of Production on "The Expanse," New 10-Episode Epic Space Drama
Dominique Tipper, Cas Anvar, Wes Chatham, Florence Faivre, Jonathan Banks, Paulo Costanzo and Jay Hernandez join the previously cast Thomas Jane, Steven Strait and Shohreh Aghdashloo.

[10/29/14 - 01:10 PM]
CMA Partners with ABC and Toys for Tots to Distribute Toys to Children in Need During the Holidays
For the third year, audience members are being encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the taping to help make the holidays brighter for Nashville area children.

[10/29/14 - 12:49 PM]
Chip Foose and The A-Team Celebrate Historic 100 Builds Milestone on the All-New Season of "Overhaulin'"
All-new episodes resume Tuesday, November 4 at 9:00/8:00c on Velocity.

[10/29/14 - 12:49 PM]
Smithsonian Channel(TM) Goes Behind the Scenes of the Blockbuster Film Fury: One-Hour Special "Tanks of Fury"
The new one-hour special premieres Sunday, November 9 at 8:00/7:00c on the cable channel.

[10/29/14 - 12:00 PM]
Metallica to Perform Every Night the Week of Monday, Nov. 17 - Friday, Nov. 21 on CBS's "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson"
The four band members - James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo - will sit down for an interview with Ferguson on Monday, Nov. 17.

[10/29/14 - 11:41 AM]
"Modern Family" Repeats to Fill "Manhattan Love Story" Slot in November
Look for second runs of the Emmy-winning comedy on Tuesday nights at 8:30/7:30c beginning November 11.

[10/29/14 - 11:30 AM]
AwesomenessTV's All New "Richie Rich" Series to Air Only on Netflix
The 21-episode series stars Jake Brennan, Joshua Carlon, Jenna Ortega, Lauren Taylor, Kiff VandenHeuvel and Brooke Wexler.

[10/29/14 - 11:16 AM]
Bravo Media Names Jonathan D. Hills Vice President, Digital Media
Hills joins Bravo from NBC News Digital as Vice President, Operations, where he oversaw audience development, content partnerships and non-display revenue for NBCNews.com and Today.com.