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Chicago Is "Cash Cab's" Kinda Town: Emmy Award-Winning Hit Game Show Series Is Windy City Bound
Beth Melewski will host the Windy City edition, due this summer.

[via press release from Discovery]


- Spin-off Set for Summer 2011 on Discovery Channel -

(Pasadena, Ca.) - Discovery Channel has announced a Chicago spin-off of CASH CAB, everyone's favorite game show-on-the-go. The new Windy City edition of the Emmy award-winning series is set for a Summer 2011 premiere with Second City alum and comedian Beth Melewski stepping behind the steering wheel as host. The original CASH CAB with Ben Bailey in New York continues with new episodes set for a Spring 2011 premiere on Discovery Channel.

"We are excited to launch CASH CAB in Chicago, a city that has such a strong identity and sense of place. Beth brings an authenticity and great comedic heritage to the series," said Clark Bunting, President and General Manager of Discovery Channel.

A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Melewski is a longtime Chicagoan and member of Chicago's famed Second City, the home and proving ground of countless comedy greats including Bill Murray, Steve Carell, Bonnie Hunt and Tina Fey. In addition to being part of The Second City Touring Company, Beth is one half of the improv duo Dual Exhaust hailed by The Chicago Sun-Times as one of the "top 10 comedy duos of the past 10 years." Melewski was also part of the ComedySportz improve troupe in Chicago.

CASH CAB is unlike any other game show, as unsuspecting riders picked up on city streets become on-air contestants inside the cab/mobile set. Quizzed on immersive, general knowledge questions all the way to their destination, the questions get harder and the stakes get higher as the meter ticks away. Miss three questions and the CASH CAB pulls over ejecting the contestants onto the sidewalk, no matter where they are.

CASH CAB is produced for the Discovery Channel by Lion Television. Tony Tackaberry and Allison Corn are the executive producers for Lion Television. Kelly Lueschow is executive producer is Discovery Channel.

About Discovery Channel

Discovery Channel is dedicated to creating the highest quality non-fiction content that informs and entertains its consumers about the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. The network, which is distributed to 100.1 million U.S. homes, can be seen in over 180 countries, offering a signature mix of compelling, high-end production values and vivid cinematography across genres including, science and technology, exploration, adventure, history and in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the people, places and organizations that shape and share our world. For more information, please visit www.discovery.com.

About Discovery Communications

Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISAD, DISBD, DISCK) is the world's number one nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 170 countries. Discovery empowers people to explore their world and satisfy their curiosity through 100-plus worldwide networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science Channel, Planet Green, Investigation Discovery and HD Theater, as well as leading consumer and educational products and services, and a diversified portfolio of digital media services including HowStuffWorks.com. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.

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