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)





[01/20/17 - 03:14 PM]
Disney Channel Debuts Season Two of "Stuck in the Middle" with a Family Movie Event "Stuck in the Waterpark - The Movie," on February 3
The telecast will be preceded by family favorites "Despicable Me" and Disney Pixar's "Monsters University."

[01/20/17 - 02:59 PM]
Amazon Original Series "Patriot" to Screen at Berlin Film Festival, Berlinale
Michael Dorman, Terry O'Quinn, Kurtwood Smith and Michael Chernus star in the drama, the full season of which rolls out on the streaming service February 24.

[01/20/17 - 12:46 PM]
"Braking" News: Premiere of "Mickey and the Roadster Racers" Takes the Checkered Flag, Fuels Disney Junior and Disney Channel to Pole Position
Disney Channel further spins the numbers for Sunday, January 15.

[01/20/17 - 10:31 AM]
Ray Diaz Joins Cast of TV Land's "Lopez" as Series Regular
The series returns for its second season on Wednesday, March 29 at 10:30/9:30c.

[01/20/17 - 09:38 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: "The Big Bang Theory" Original Sparks CBS Victory
The Eye wins the night in total viewers and adults 18-49.

[01/20/17 - 07:58 AM]
History Teams with Travis Fimmel for Scripted Anthology Series in Development from A+E Studios, Atlas Entertainment and Imperative Entertainment
The scripted anthology series tells the stories of Wyatt Earp and other iconic sinners and anti-heroes throughout history.

[01/20/17 - 07:33 AM]
"We Make the Terror" - Season Five of "House of Cards" to Premiere May 30
Netflix made said announcement via Twitter this morning.

[01/20/17 - 06:33 AM]
Amazon Studios Sets May 12 as Premiere Date for "I Love Dick"
The series will also be presented at the Sundance Film Festival on Monday, January 23.

[01/20/17 - 06:30 AM]
Ten-Time Grammy(R) Award Winner and Current Nominee Adele to Perform on "The 59th Annual Grammy Awards(R)" Feb. 12
She will perform a song from her Grammy-nominated album, 25, marking the fourth time she takes the Grammy stage.

[01/19/17 - 02:15 PM]
History's "Six" Opens Strong with 2.6 Million Total Viewers
History spins the numbers for Wednesday, January 18.

[01/19/17 - 01:18 PM]
Amazon Original Series "Sneaky Pete" Renewed for Season Two
The series was the second most streamed original scripted series on an opening day, behind "The Man in the High Castle."

[01/19/17 - 12:29 PM]
Catch Up with Past MVPs in "Puppy Bowl: Where Are They Now?" New Date - Friday, January 27
The one-hour special was previously slated to air tomorrow night on the cable channel.

[01/19/17 - 12:24 PM]
Roel Reine to Direct "Marvel's The Inhumans"
The series, produced in conjunction with ABC Studios and filmed entirely with IMAX digital cameras, will run worldwide exclusively in IMAX for two weeks at the beginning of September 2017.

[01/19/17 - 11:52 AM]
Food Network Orders Seconds of "Ginormous Food"
The series features comedian and food fanatic Josh Denny as he travels the country tasting the greatest and biggest dishes, while learning about the amazing stories and people behind them.

[01/19/17 - 11:46 AM]
A&E Network's Emmy-Nominated Series "Cold Case Files" Gets a Reboot Narrated by Danny Glover
The return of "Cold Case Files" will explore compelling new cases that have gone cold for years and chronicle the journeys of the detectives who reopened them.