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Wendy Williams Returns IN MID-2009 AFTER SUCCESSFUL PREVIEW

Posted by TSUE on August 18, 2008

The Fox Television Stations group will launch Debmar-Mercury’s The Wendy Williams Show for a mid-2009 start following a successful multi-week preview in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and Detroit, announced Frank Cicha, senior vice president of programming, Fox Television Stations, and Debmar-Mercury Co-Presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein. 

 

 In making the announcement, Cicha said, “Everything about the Wendy preview clicked for our stations, from conception to promotion to hitting the air.  It completely broke the mold.  The show is now a proven winner, and we can’t wait to see it debut across the country next year.”

 The Fox-owned stations in New York (WNYW), Los Angeles (KTTV), Dallas (KDFW) and Detroit (WJBK) began offering an unprecedented sneak peek of The Wendy Williams Show on July 14. It will conclude its six-week on-air preview on Aug. 22.

 Marcus commented, “Our plan has always been to offer stations a proven performer with broad appeal to today’s viewers, as well as a production that has been perfected over the course of 30 preview episodes. Now they will have the chance to launch Wendy far ahead of the crowded pack of new talk shows on tap for fall 2009.”

 Through Aug. 13, the program had posted rating increases in key demographics versus the May sweeps, including every key demo in New York and Los Angeles. 

 “Wendy is an extraordinary talent who has attracted the strongest ratings for a new offering in years and generated enormous buzz around the country—unheard of for a show airing only in four markets,” added Bernstein. “We are grateful to Fox for believing in Wendy as much as we do.”

 The Wendy Williams Show is a daily, one-hour entertainment talk show starring New York DJ, syndicated radio host, TV personality and best-selling author Wendy Williams.  Broadcast live from New York, it features Williams’ commentary on celebrity gossip and news events, as well as interviews, fashion and advice segments in which Williams  helps audience members and viewers handle personal life issues involving sex, relationships, money and dating. 

 Williams noted, “Doing the daily show for the past six weeks has really been one of the most exciting times in my life.  It has given me the chance to be myself while living out my dream and connecting with my fans on a whole new level.  I am incredibly excited about coming back next year, and want to thank the Fox Television Stations group and Debmar-Mercury for all their help in getting this show on the air and making it a true phenomenon this summer.” 

 The Fox Television Stations is one of the nation’s largest owned-and-operated network broadcast groups, comprising 27 stations in 18 markets and covering nearly 37.34% of television homes in the U.S.  This includes six duopolies in the top 10 markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Washington, D.C. and Houston; as well as duopolies in Minneapolis, Phoenix and Orlando.

 Debmar-Mercury is a worldwide production and distribution company specializing in syndication, cable, network, VOD/Pay-Per-View and Pay TV.  The company produces and distributes The Wendy Williams Show and, in association with Hasbro, Inc., Trivial Pursuit: America Plays; it distributes Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, American Chopper, The Deadliest Catch, South Park; Family Feud, The Surreal Life family of celebrity-based reality shows, The Dead Zone, entertaining series for educational/informational time periods, and an extensive movie library featuring titles from Revolution Studios and Lionsgate.  Debmar-Mercury is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), the leading next generation filmed entertainment studio.

 

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How to Be Single: The World Wide Webisodes

Posted by TSUE on July 31, 2008

How to Be Single: The World Wide Webisodes

 

To launch on Tuesday, July 23 at

www.HowToBeSingleTheBook.com

 

First stop: France

 

New York: The recently released novel, How to Be Single, by Liz Tuccillo (“Sex in the City”, He’s Just Not That Into You) is the story of Julie Jensen, a single, 38-year-old-woman who, tired of watching all her friends make mistake after mistake in their single dating lives, decides to travel the world to find out if anyone one out there is doing this “single thing” any better. 

 

To get to the heart of being single and for research for her novel, Liz Tuccillo traveled the globe filming interviews with men and women about what it was like to be single in their cultures. Her stops included: Paris, Rome, Copenhagen, Rio De Janeiro, Beijing, Reykjavik, Sydney and Mumbai. 

 

The result is How To Be Single: The World Wide Webisodes.  The non-fiction behind the fiction, the raw material that inspired the book, these webisodes are an emotional, unflinchingly honest, hilarious look at singledom all across the globe.  From the ridiculous to the sublime, there are countless surprises along the way: from the romantic Priest who is the head of family values at the Vatican, to the 70-year old leather clad couple who owns a sex club in Paris; to the two women in Mumbai talking about their happy arranged marriages, and the women in Beijing talking about the effect of “Sex and the City” on their culture.  Accompanied by Liz Tuccillo’s compassionate, cynical, probing and deeply amusing interview style, this is a trip around the world that ends up illuminating far more than just the international single scene. Following France, comes Brazil China (just in time for the Olympics), Denmark, Australia, India, Iceland and Italy

 

Liz Tuccillo has learned a thing or two about being single through the years, from her own experiences or from her time writing on the HBO hit series “Sex in the City,” to her hit book (with upcoming movie starring Gennifer Goodwin, Jennifer Connelly, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore and Ben Affleck)  He’s Just Not That Into You and now her new novel How to Be Single, Tuccillo has literally traveled the world looking for  the “singular” answer. As the summer continues to sizzle, please will consider an interview with the charming and very funny, Ms. Tuccillo who can discuss the various difference and similarities of living la vida solo around the world.

http://www.HowToBeSingleTheBook.com/video

Paris Brazil China Denmark Australia India Iceland Italy

Press Contact: Joe Trentacosta/ joe@springerassociatespr.com / 212 354 4660

For a look at the upcoming webisodes visit http://www.howtobesinglethebook.com/trailer.html

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Dennis Rodman Arrested on Domestic Abuse Charges…

Posted by TSUE on May 2, 2008

Dennis Rodman

It looks like former professional basketball player Dennis Rodman has been arrested for hitting a woman at a Los Angeles hotel and booked on suspicion of domestic violence. The woman Sara Fayden suffered injuries to her arm. Rodman was released on Thursday morning and his bail was set at $50,000. He  arraignment is scheduled for May 22nd, 2008.

Since his divorce he has had a difficult time coping and as a result has become a victim of substance abuse according to his manager Steve Simon.

We can only pray that Dennis Rodman gets his life together for the sake of his own mortality and that of his children.  Its a shame when such a talented person becomes lost.

Maybe one day soon with help he will finally be able to turn it all around.

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