[03/02/05 - 12:00 AM]
Showtime Turns March 7 Into 'Fat Monday' with a Host of Detectible Programs Anchored by Kirstie Alley's 'Fat Actress'

[via press release from Showtime]

Showtime Turns March 7 Into 'Fat Monday' With a Host of Detectible Programs Anchored by Kirstie Alley's 'Fat Actress'

LOS ANGELES, March 2 -- Consumers with an appetite for great programming are in for a delicious treat. SHOWTIME is dubbing March 7 "FAT MONDAY" with a whole block of food-related shows featuring the much anticipated premiere of Kirstie Alley's FAT ACTRESS.

The smorgasbord kicks off at 8:15 PM (ET/PT) with the premiere of SUPER SIZE ME. This Sundance Film Festival -- winning documentary by Morgan Spurlock documents the filmmaker over a 30-day period in which he ate three meals a day -- all from the McDonald's menu.

The debut of FAT ACTRESS follows at 10 PM (ET/PT) and marks Emmy(R) and Golden Globe(R) Award-winning actress Kirstie Alley's long-awaited return to series television. Largely improvisational, FAT ACTRESS takes its inspiration from Alley's real life struggles with love and weight in an unforgiving Hollywood. Alley plays a fictional version of herself -- a successful television and movie star whose weight gain has become the subject of tabloid headlines and the bane of her existence. Series regulars include Bryan Callen, who plays Alley's assistant and Rachael Harris, her hair and makeup artist. FAT ACTRESS is co-created by Alley and Brenda Hampton ("Seventh Heaven). Sandy Chanley ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") also executive produces through her production company, Production Partners, Inc.

FAT MONDAY will conclude with a special repeat episode of SHOWTIME's award-winning comedy series PENN & TELLER: BULLSHIT! at 10:30 PM 9ET/PT) on the topic of dieting.

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Viacom Inc., owns the premium television networks SHOWTIME(R), THE MOVIE CHANNEL(TM) and FLIX(R), as well as the multiplex channels SHOWTIME(R) TOO(TM), SHOWTIME(R) SHOWCASE, SHOWTIME EXTREME(R), SHOWTIME BEYOND(R), SHOWTIME NEXT(R), SHOWTIME WOMEN(R), SHOWTIME FAMILYZONE(R) and TMC xtra. SNI also offers SHOWTIME HD(R), THE MOVIE CHANNEL HD(R), SHOWTIME ON DEMAND(R) and THE MOVIE CHANNEL ON DEMAND(TM). SNI operates and manages the premium television network SUNDANCE CHANNEL(R), which is a venture between NBC Universal, Robert Redford, and Showtime Networks Inc. All SNI feeds provide enhanced sound using Dolby Digital 5.1. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME(R) PPV. Additionally, the advertiser-supported television network SHOWTIME is available in Turkey through a joint venture with UK-based Zone Vision.

SOURCE Showtime Networks Inc.
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  [march 2005]  


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