or


[05/29/03 - 12:00 AM]
FOX Sets Date with 'Banzai'
By Brian Ford Sullivan (TFC)

CHICAGO (thefutoncritic.com) -- FOX is set to premiere its new half-hour game show spoof "Banzai" Sunday, July 13 at 8:30/7:30c. The project, which was announced at the network's upfront presentation earlier this month, is expected to run for eight weeks before returning at midseason.

Here's how FOX describes the show (via press release):

The series, which became a cult TV classic when it originally aired on Channel 4 in Britain, is the ultimate comedic interactive betting show. BANZAI challenges the audience with a series of practical jokes, unpredictable stunts and hilarious gags and encourages viewers to bet each other on the final outcome. Some of the outrageous scenarios include: "The Michael Jackson Reverse Race Rendezvous," in which Michael Jackson impersonators are placed on an ice rink and viewers must predict which one can moonwalk the fastest; and "The Man Dog Stick Question," in which a stick is thrown into a swimming pool and viewers must choose who retrieves it first: Todd Bridges of "Diff'rent Strokes" or a dog?

The show is hosted by MR. BANZAI, a mysterious figure who is like an enigma wrapped within a conundrum. He oversees most of the bets on the show and is considered to be somewhat of a judge in all matters BANZAI. The show also features a wild cast of BANZAI characters who host the bizarre scenarios. These include: CHEEKY CHAPPY, the lovable rogue who dreams of one day creating the perfect Naked Lady Gamble; LADY ONE QUESTION, the intrepid interviewer who simply asks celebrities a question, then does absolutely nothing; and MR. SHAKE HANDS MAN, who has perfected the science of handshaking as he tries to see how long he can shake hands with celebrities before they pull away.

BANZAI is a wild and irreverent romp that cuts through the wide sea of traditional television. Viewers at home can wager with friends and family to discover who can best predict the very unpredictable outcomes. And as Mr. Banzai put it best, "What's the point of breathing if you're not betting?" Tim Breadin and Gary Monaghan are creators/executive producers of BANZAI, which is produced by Radar Productions Ltd.





  [may 2003]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
    


· BANZAI (FOX)





[07/19/19 - 07:03 AM]
Video: Trailer Debut - "Dear White People" Vol. 3
Look for the new season Friday, August 2 on Netflix.

[07/18/19 - 08:15 PM]
TBS Launches "The Misery Index" on October 22
Jameela Jamil stars as the show's host with The Tenderloins comedy troupe and stars of truTV's "Impractical Jokers" - Brian "Q" Quinn, James "Murr" Murray, Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano - starring as recurring panelists.

[07/18/19 - 02:03 PM]
NBC Comedy Icons and Multiple Emmy Winners Ted Danson, Tina Fey and Robert Carlock Unite for New Series
Danson will play a wealthy businessman who runs for mayor of Los Angeles for all the wrong reasons.

[07/18/19 - 12:15 PM]
The Wilderness Pushes the Brown Family to New Limits in All-New Season of Discovery Channel's "Alaskan Bush People" Premiering Sunday, August 4
After six months on the mountain, the Wolfpack has fully re-dedicated themselves to the goal of total self-sufficiency they began in Alaska.

[07/18/19 - 12:02 PM]
Danny McBride's "The Righteous Gemstones," Starring McBride, John Goodman, Edi Patterson and Adam Devine, Debuts Aug. 18 on HBO
McBride stars as Jesse Gemstone, the eldest of three grown Gemstone offspring, who looks to lead in his father's footsteps, but finds his past sins jeopardizing the family ministry.

[07/18/19 - 11:02 AM]
"South Park" Season 23 to Premiere on Wednesday, September 25 at 10:00 P.M. ET/PT on Comedy Central
All-new episodes from season 23 will be available to stream in HD exclusively on South Park Studios and Hulu the day after they premiere.

[07/18/19 - 10:15 AM]
Investigation Discovery Unveils Upcoming Original Digital Series Line-Up, With Seven All-New Series Releasing Across Multiple Digital Platforms
Never-before-seen offerings include both original series as well as digital short-form pieces made to accompany linear programs.

[07/18/19 - 10:04 AM]
HBO Max Assembles Original Content Dream Team
Rolling up to Robert Greenblatt, this group of veteran executives has been involved in developing and producing popular award-winning film and television content for the past 30 years.

[07/18/19 - 10:02 AM]
Video: Showtime(R) Documentary Films Announces Premiere Date and Debuts New Trailer for "Hitsville: The Making of Motown"
The remarkable story of the legendary Motown Records is told through new and exclusive interviews with the label's visionary founder, Berry Gordy, and many of its superstar artists and creative figures.

[07/18/19 - 10:01 AM]
Documentary "Unmasking Jihadi John: Anatomy of a Terrorist," Debuts July 31 on HBO
The revealing documentary examines what propelled Mohammed Emwazi's journey down a violent path despite US and British authorities being aware of his extremism.

[07/18/19 - 10:00 AM]
FOX Entertainment Acquires U.S. Rights to International Format "LEGO(R) Masters"
12 teams of two will compete against each other in ambitious brick-building challenges to be crowned the country's most talented amateur LEGO builders.

[07/18/19 - 10:00 AM]
ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." to Conclude After Thrilling Seventh Season, Set to Air Summer 2020
"Agent Coulson is one of the most beloved cinematic heroes of our time, and we're so glad to have spent seven seasons with him and the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents as they saved the world from countless unimaginable big bads," said Karey Burke.

[07/18/19 - 09:38 AM]
Spectrum Originals to Make All 164 Episodes of the Classic 1990s Sony Pictures Television Series "Mad About You" Available on August 1 in Advance of Limited Event Reunion Series This Holiday Season
Spectrum Originals reunites stars Paul Reiser and Emmy(R) Award winner Helen Hunt for a new limited series, debuting for the Holidays in late 2019.

[07/18/19 - 09:31 AM]
"I Was Prey" Returns for an Exhilirating and Dramatic All-New Season This Summer
The all-new season premieres Wednesday, August 14 on Animal Planet.

[07/18/19 - 09:17 AM]
Denise Richards Headlines "The Secret Lives of Cheerleaders" Kicking Off Lifetime's Cheer, Rally, Kill End-of-Summer Movie Line-Up This September, Starting on Labor Day
Four additional movies will air on back-to-back weekends as the dog days of summer wane.