SHOWTIME: Viewers Send Death a Message
First 'Dead Like Me' Text Messaging Chat Draws Phenomenal Participation
Tune in Throughout October for More Chats With Your Favorite Characters
NEW YORK, Oct. 6 --
WHAT: This past Sunday's live wireless text messaging chat for Dead Like
Me had almost 20 times more participants than any previous text messaging
chat that SHOWTIME has hosted. The chat numbers were comparable to
online chats, which have been very popular at the network and marked a
phenomenal response. Three new text messaging chats are scheduled,
beginning this Sunday, Oct. 10.
WHO/WHEN: All chats begin immediately following the east coast airing of
Dead Like Me which begins at 10p.m. ET.
* Sunday Oct. 10: viewers can chat with Callum Blue, who stars as
Mason, a grim-reaper who deals with his after-life calling with
drugs, alcohol and sarcasm.
* Sunday, Oct 17: Christine Willes, George's very quirky, kindhearted
boss Delores Herbig and the head of Happy Time Temporary service,
will be on the line to answer questions.
* Sunday, Oct 24: Chat with Brett McKillip, who plays Reggie, George's
conflicted younger sister who is left to deal with her own grief and
the dysfunctional effect George's death has on her parents.
HOW: To sign up for the chat, text the message "YES" to 74689 immediately
following the show. If you want to register in advance for wireless
updates on Dead Like Me text "DLM" to SHOTV (74688), or visit
http://www.sho.com/deadlikeme.com and register by clicking the
BACKGROUND: The wireless chats will be available to viewers nationwide,
and subscribers of any wireless service can participate. Questions will
be received by a moderator to ensure that as many questions as possible
will be answered during the half-hour chat. Everyone who signs up for
the chat will be able to see the questions and answers on their wireless
phones. The Short Messaging Services (SMS) that make the chats possible
are being provided by GoldPocket's EM Connect.
BIOS: A native of London, England, Callum Blue has appeared on television
in "In Love and War," "As If" and "Shades." Blue's feature film credits
include the thriller "Devil's Gate" and the role of "Andrew" in Garry
Marshall's "The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement." Christine Willes
has appeared in dozens of movies and television shows, and is known as
one of the more prominent actors and teachers in Vancouver, Canada.
Willes recently appeared opposite Christine Lahti in the CBS movie "The
Book of Ruth." Willes' recurring roles include Agent Karen Kosseff on
"The X-Files," Nurse Tobitt on the UPN series "Mercy Point" and Mrs.
Gotteramerding on "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids." Britt McKillip was
nominated for a Youth in Film Award in 1999 for her performance in
Showtime's IN THE DOGHOUSE. The 13-year-old actress has also worked with
directors such as John Badham ("My Brother's Keeper") and Brian De Palma
("Mission to Mars"), appeared twice in the series "The Outer Limits" and
provided the voice for Sabrina in the animated television series
"Sabrina" as well as the animated feature "Sabrina The Movie." She was
the voice of Lola Bunny in "Baby Looney Tunes."
DEAD LIKE ME is a SHOWTIME/MGM Television Entertainment production and is
executive produced by John Masius and Stephen Godchaux. Steve Beers is
the co-executive producer. The series was created by Bryan Fuller.
Randy Runkle is the creative executive for SHOWTIME and Craig Roessler is
the creative executive for MGM.
Web Site: http://www.SHO.com