or


[11/29/04 - 12:00 AM]
A Rare Look Inside Heart of Theatre Biz Airs Only on Trio in December

[via press release from Trio]

A RARE LOOK INSIDE HEART OF THEATRE BIZ AIRS ONLY ON TRIO IN DECEMBER

Featuring Gillian Anderson, Dame Judi Dench and Henry Goodman, Three-Part Series Unveils the Triumph and Terror of The Stage

NEW YORK -- November 29, 2004 -- The adrenaline rush of landing that key role. The months of rehearsal. The play closing in one night. TRIO, pop, culture, tv, offers a warts-and-all, behind-the- scenes look at "the legitimate theater," from the nightmare of opening night, and the undying passion of the actors, authors and producers, to the sobering odds of success in Theatre Biz, a three-part series airing December 5, it was announced by Lauren Zalaznick, President, TRIO.

"Theater lovers will devour this insider's look at the passion, intensity and, in some cases, lunacy faced by those who make the stage their lives, commented Ms. Zalaznick. You will certainly walk away with a better understanding of what goes into the art of theater after watching this entertaining and comprehensive series."

Theatre Biz premieres on TRIO on Sunday, December 5 at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT. in three one-hour programs.

Seven out of 10 shows lose money. Two break even. One makes a profit. Theatre Biz opens the series with that rather pessimistic, but realistic look at the often heartbreaking work of producing plays and musicals. Using the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London's West End as a model, the first episode of the series delves into "First Night" or opening night, arguably the most stressful event in the life of a theatre production. Actors Dame Judi Dench, Henry Goodman and Gillian Anderson offer their opinions on the subject. The episode also follows theater impresario Arnold Crook over several months, including an adventure on New York's Broadway premiere of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom starring Whoopi Goldberg.

Alternative theater is covered in the second episode, which explores the famed Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. Of the 1200 shows that run at the festival each year, perhaps three will be selected for a West End run. Theatre Biz follows one such production, Bill Shakespeare's Italian Job. A year in development, the play suffers a catalogue of woes on its way to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the biggest theatrical shop window in the world. With the producers heavily in debt and the cast deferring their wages in the hopes of big opportunities later on, it all comes down to two things: press night and public reaction.

The final episode follows two drama school graduates undergoing the ordeal of their final year presentation and beyond. After three years of training, they have three terrifying minutes on stage in a West End theater to impress a hard-nosed audience of agents and casting directors invited to spot 'the next big thing.' Over the following months it is revealed whether or not they are to become successful professional actors in an unforgiving industry where only 6% of actors work all year round and earn less than $18,000 a year.

Theatre Biz is produced and directed by Gina Newson and Jeremy Newson of Freelance Film Partners, Ltd. in London.

TRIO is an entertainment cable television channel reflecting pop culture TV: film, music, fashion, television and stage in its programming. TRIO is available to over 20 million households via digital cable and satellite services. For more information about TRIO, visit www.triotv.com or call 1-877-GET-TRIO.

TRIO is a program service of NBC Universal Cable, a division of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience.





  [november 2004]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
 


· SHOWATCH
(series past and present)
· DEVWATCH
(series in development)
· MOVIEWATCH
(tv movies and mini-series)





[07/28/14 - 01:33 PM]
"Criminal Minds" and "Extant" to Swap Time Periods Starting This Wednesday, July 30
"Criminal Minds" will return to its regular 9:00/8:00c slot followed by new drama "Extant" at 10:00/9:00c.

[07/28/14 - 01:08 PM]
Don't Miss the Season Two Premiere of "#RichKids of Beverly Hills" on Sunday, August 3 at 10PM ET/PT Only on E!
Plus: don't miss an all-new episode of the hit series "Botched" airing Sunday, August 10 at its new time of 10:30/9:30c.

[07/28/14 - 01:06 PM]
NBC Sports Group's 5 Match Soccer Slate This Week Kicks Off with Manchester United v. FC Internazionale Tomorrow at 7 PM ET on NBCSN
NBC Sports Group's lead Premier League play-by-play announcer Arlo White will be on site to call both matches.

[07/28/14 - 12:20 PM]
Video: "Atlanta Exes" + Super Trailer + Monday, August 18th on VH1
Watch a sneak preview of the new series, featuring the once significant others of an elite list of A-list men, which has no shortage of fabulousness, ambition, love, and drama.

[07/28/14 - 11:46 AM]
Comedy Central(R) Announces Digital Content Partnership with Redd's Apple Ale for the Launch of the Original Weekly Improv Series "CC: Social Scene"
Socially inspired by Comedy Central's CC:Studios, the six-episode improv series is hosted by comedian Paul Scheer and directed by Rich Talarico.

[07/28/14 - 11:39 AM]
Investigation Discovery's Got Talent! August Slate Sizzles with the Return of ID's Most Beloved Stars: Paula Zahn, Susan Lucci, Joe Kenda, And Candice DeLong
First, tour the mind of infamous accused-ax-murderer Lizzie Borden in the season premiere of "Deadly Women" with Candice DeLong on Friday, August 1 at 9:00/8:00c, followed by the landmark 100th episode at 10:00/9:00c.

[07/28/14 - 11:39 AM]
CBS Summer Dramas Score Big Live+7-Day Playback Lift for the Week of July 7
CBS further spins the numbers for the week of July 7-13.

[07/28/14 - 11:27 AM]
Michelle Beisner Joins ESPN as NFL Features Reporter
Since 2006, Beisner has worked as a studio host and field reporter for NFL Network.

[07/28/14 - 11:15 AM]
Special Guest Jay Leno Mentors the Comics as the Final Five Move One Step Closer to Being the "Last Comic Standing" on Tues, July 31 (10-11 P.M. ET)
Only five comics remain in the competition, and the stakes have never been higher as they move one step closer to winning the coveted title of "Last Comic Standing."

[07/28/14 - 09:51 AM]
Showtime(R) Presents "David Bowie: Five Years" - Documentary Special Premieres Friday, August 1st at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
The film is the definitive portrait of one of rock's most influential stars.

[07/28/14 - 09:34 AM]
"Gypsy Sisters" Focus on Family in New Season on TLC
The series returns with a special two-hour season premiere on Thursday, August 21 at 9:00/8:00c.

[07/28/14 - 09:34 AM]
El Rey Network And Celestial Pictures Boost Multi-Year Partnership To Bring Viewers The Best In Classic Martial Arts
The new deal will provide the network with access to 255 iconic martial arts titles from the Shaw Brothers vault - the world's leading martial arts collection, many on an exclusive basis.

[07/28/14 - 08:57 AM]
Season Two of "Shark Hunters" Premieres Wednesday, July 30, at 9 P.M. ET on NBCSN
The 60-minute outdoor fishing show features three long-standing East Coast shark tournaments and five captains pitted against each other to catch the heaviest shark.

[07/28/14 - 08:29 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Tops Viewers, Demos for Second Straight Week
"60 Minutes" and "Big Brother 16" are the most-watched programs in said categories.

[07/28/14 - 08:27 AM]
USA Network Announces Pilot Pick-Up for Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal Drama "Colony"
The project is a naturalistic drama about a family torn by opposing forces and making difficult choices as they balance staying together with surviving the struggle of the human race.