"Inside the Vault" to Air on WGN America and 17 Tribune Broadcasting Affiliates in February 2011
Hosted by Cris Collinsworth and co-produced by Telepictures Productions and LiquidThread, new show explores what inspires and drives today's classic man
NEW YORK, Jan. 31, 2011 -- Tribune Broadcasting today announced the premiere of a new TV series, "Inside the Vault," hosted by Emmy-winning TV personality and former NFL star Cris Collinsworth and executive produced by Telepictures Productions and LiquidThread. The syndicated, 10-episode season showcases stories, insights and lively conversation that give a wide variety of perspectives on the life of today's classic man. The series will launch with a special Friday premiere on WGN America, Tribune's national cable network, on Friday, February 4 at 10:30pm EST/9:30pm CST. It will also premiere on Tribune Company local affiliates in 17 key markets that same weekend. Telepictures Productions is the industry-leading and Emmy� Award-winning producer of syndicated programming behind such hit shows as "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," "Extra," "TMZ" and the upcoming daytime programs, "Anderson" and "Dr. Drew's Lifechangers," launching this fall.
Host Cris Collinsworth and Insider co-hosts Alonzo Bodden and Jill Wagner drive the discussion and stories within each episode. Segments will include discussions on gadgets, travel, fitness, food, and sports with experts from Conde Nast's Bon Appetit, Conde Nast Traveler, Details, GQ, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and Wired providing their unique perspective. Source Interlink Media, the publisher of Motor Trend, will provide automotive editorial.
Cris Collinsworth has a distinguished sports career, having appeared in two Super Bowls, and his illustrious broadcast career as a sports analyst has garnered him 11 Sports Emmy wins. As a father of four and law degree holder, Cris brings a well-rounded perspective along with his candid style to host this groundbreaking series that explores today's classic man. Alonzo Bodden has quickly made a household name for himself since winning "Last Comic Standing." Formerly a jet mechanic and now an international headliner, his comedy special "Who's Paying Attention?" airs on Showtime. Alonzo will bring his incisive, offbeat take to a new forum on "Inside the Vault." Jill Wagner's infectious personality and talent in Hollywood cannot be missed. Currently co-host of ABC's "Wipeout," Jill has a wide range of personal pursuits beyond acting including music and psychology. Raised by a single father, Jill offers harmonizing insights to the show and shares her spirited perspective on today's classic man. Lisa Gregorisch Dempsey and Jeremy Spiegel serve as executive producers of the series.
After the special Friday premiere, the 30-minute program will transition into its regular national cable timeslot of Sundays at 6:00pm EST/5:00pm on WGN America beginning Sunday, February 13. "Inside the Vault" will also air on 17 Tribune affiliates including PIX11 New York, KTLA Los Angeles, WGN Chicago, WPHL Philadelphia, KDAF Dallas, WDCW Washington DC, KIAH Houston, KZJO Seattle, WSFL Miami, KTXL Sacramento, KRCW Portland, WXIN Indianapolis, KSWB San Diego, WTIC Hartford, WPMT Harrisburg, WXMI Grand Rapids and WNOL New Orleans. Additionally, it will air on WKBD in Detroit, a Tribune partner television station owned by CBS Corporation. Check local listings for airings of upcoming episodes.
In addition to viewing on-air, "Inside the Vault" viewers can watch it anywhere, anytime on the show's website insidethevault.tv, which launches with streaming video on February 3. Episodes will debut on-air and online simultaneously, and footage from the show can also be seen via Facebook, Get Glue, Twitter, Vimeo and YouTube.
"Today's man is multi-dimensional, and in 'Inside the Vault,' we're launching an unprecedented new show that helps gives him the information and insider perspective he needs to balance his roles as a father, husband, son, athlete, professional, role model and beyond," said Sean Compton, Tribune Broadcasting's Programming President. "There's nothing quite like it on television, and we're excited to cater to a new audience of sophisticated men who are looking for an entertaining and interesting show about what inspires and drives them."
About Tribune Company
TRIBUNE is one of the country's leading multimedia companies, operating businesses in publishing, digital and broadcasting. In publishing, Tribune's leading daily newspapers include the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, Sun Sentinel (South Florida), Orlando Sentinel, Hartford Courant, The Morning Call and Daily Press. The company's broadcasting group operates 23 television stations, WGN America on national cable and Chicago's WGN-AM. Popular news and information websites complement Tribune's print and broadcast properties and extend the company's nationwide audience.
About Telepictures Productions
For the current 2010-11 season, Telepictures Productions - an industry-leading and Emmy� Award-winning producer of syndicated programming (having garnered 62 Emmys� in 14 years, including Outstanding Talk Show or Outstanding Talk Show Host for 12 of the last 14 years) - is producing six first-run strips. Telepictures' series include the eighth season of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show; the fourth season of "TMZ"; the 17th season of the pop culture newsmagazine "Extra"; the 12th season of the hour-long court series "Judge Mathis"; the 27th season of "The People's Court"; and the third season of "Judge Pirro." In September 2011, "Anderson," a new, one-hour daily nationally syndicated daytime strip hosted by Anderson Cooper and produced by Telepictures, will launch. "Dr. Drew's Lifechangers," a new daily half-hour show headlined by television personality and medical doctor Dr. Drew Pinsky, set to air on The CW Network, has also been added to the roster for Fall 2011.