[04/11/05 - 12:00 AM]
AMC Greenlights "Celebrity Charades" Presented by Actor/Director Bob Balaban, Chad Lowe, Hilary Swank, and Friends

[via press release from AMC]

AMC Greenlights "Celebrity Charades" Presented by Actor/Director Bob Balaban, Chad Lowe, Hilary Swank, and Friends

Celebrities to Use their Improv Skills, Creativity and Humor to Support Charity

Programming Event to Premiere on Five Consecutive Nights in June, Boosting AMC's Summer Programming

New York, New York, April 11, 2005 - AMC made its first formal announcement for the Upfront Season today adding "Celebrity Charades" to its already expanding and highly anticipated slate of 2005 original programs. Acclaimed actor/director Bob Balaban, Chad Lowe and Hilary Swank executive produce the series, with Lowe and Swank doing so via their Accomplice Films banner. Six half-hour shows will air as a special AMC programming event on five consecutive nights, beginning June 20. Each game of "Celebrity Charades" will feature 10 guest celebrities divided into two teams, with each guest playing to raise money for his or her chosen charity. During each half-hour episode, games are played, dinner is served and the guests mingle and talk between rounds. Mark Kassen and Adam Kassen of Trigger Street Independent produce the show.

"Celebrity Charades and our growing programming slate is all about the evolution of the AMC brand and our commitment to providing our audience with original content that centers on movie culture," stated Rob Sorcher, AMC's Senior Vice President of Original Programming and Production. "Viewers will see a perfect blend of high energy competition, star gazing and great fun, all in the interest of charity. We are pleased Hilary, Chad and Bob came to AMC with this project and are very excited about their involvement and creative vision."

"Celebrity Charades is going to be an action-packed fun half hour of television," stated Bob Balaban. "We appreciate the freedom AMC has given us to develop this idea, and feel AMC is the perfect home for our show."

Chad Lowe added: "We're all thrilled to be able to bring this fun and intimate party to millions of viewers that appreciate movies as much as we do. We're especially pleased that there is a real pay-off outside of the entertainment value. Some worthy charities will benefit from AMC's donations."

AMC commissioned a pilot of "Celebrity Charades" in the winter of 2004. The half-hour episode was shot in an intimate yet spacious New York City loft where Balaban, Lowe and Swank welcomed their celebrity pals to play three rounds of the game. Each of the new episodes offer viewers an inside look at the personal relationships amongst the celebrity friends as the camera captures conversations, antics and inside jokes the group shares with one another over dinner, and continues to reveal throughout the game. The stars also speak about the charity they are playing for and why they support the worthy cause, through individual or group interviews.

"Celebrity Charades" uses two teams, with five celebrities on each team. Teams are placed in separate rooms, while a neutral player gives one member of each team a clue to act out. Each clue is thematically linked to a movie-related topic. The first team to correctly guess all ten charades and their overall theme wins the game. On the lower third of the screen viewers will see fun facts and trivia about the current clue and can keep tally of each teams correct answers via a running score card. Lowe and Balaban will serve as rotating hosts of the show and participate in the various challenges.

"Celebrity Charades" is the first in a series of AMC original programs to be announced during the Upfront period. The show joins a growing list of strong network series, such as "Sunday Morning ShootOut" and "Movie Club with John Ridley," providing viewers with original content focused on today's evolving movie culture. AMC's commitment to original programming has helped increase audience and ratings delivery to record heights over the last year. At the close of 2004, Nielsen Media released its final year-end data, giving AMC its strongest year ever. In the findings, AMC experienced household and key demo growth year to year with delivery records set for Prime, Late Night, Fringe, and Total Day.

About AMC
AMC, a division of Rainbow Media's Entertainment Services, which also includes WE: Women's Entertainment and IFC Companies, is a 24-hour, movie-based network, dedicated to the American movie fan. The network, which reaches over 86,000,000 homes, offers a comprehensive library of popular movies and a critically-acclaimed slate of original programming that is a diverse, movie-based mix of original series, documentaries and specials. AMC has garnered many of the industry's highest honors, including 14 Emmy awards. AMC is "TV for movie people."

  [april 2005]  

(series past and present)
(series in development)
(tv movies and mini-series)

[10/08/15 - 09:48 AM]
"The Operatives" Is Back Saving the World's Most Precious Wildlife and Eco-Systems in an All-New Season Premiering on Pivot on October 18 at 10 P.M.
With 10, all new, hour-long episodes, Pete Bethune and his hand-picked team of military elite travel to the furthest parts of the world to expose those suspected of endangering our wildlife and environment in an effort to bring them to justice.

[10/08/15 - 09:43 AM]
HBO NOW Arrives Today on the Roku Platform
Roku customers can purchase a subscription directly within the HBO NOW channel on their Roku device, which will also enable them to access the service at HBONOW.com and on other HBO NOW enabled devices.

[10/08/15 - 09:32 AM]
Syfy Launches All-New Virtual Reality Experience for Award-Winning "The Expanse" VR App
The app immerses viewers into the vast world of "The Expanse," giving them the opportunity to enter into locations from the show and experience them in virtual reality.

[10/08/15 - 09:32 AM]
Game 1 of 2015 WNBA Finals Sees Viewership Increase from 2014
ESPN spins the numbers for Sunday, October 4.

[10/08/15 - 09:14 AM]
Video: Extended Trailer for TNT's "The Librarians" Season 2, Premiering Sunday, Nov. 1
Check out the latest tease for the show's sophomore run.

[10/08/15 - 08:44 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: "Empire" Continues Its Reign for FOX
Plus: The CW sees year-to-year growth with the return of "Arrow" and "Supernatural."

[10/08/15 - 08:34 AM]
The Long Anticipated Third Season of David Cross' "Todd Margaret" Returns to IFC on Thursday, January 7, 2016
Jack McBrayer, Will Arnett, Blake Harrison, Sharon Horgan, Amber Tamblyn and Russ Tamblyn are among those featured in the new season.

[10/08/15 - 08:31 AM]
"Chicago P.D." Wins at 10 Among ABC, CBS and NBC in 18-49 and All Other Key Demos
NBC spins the numbers for Wednesday, October 7.

[10/08/15 - 08:28 AM]
"black-ish" Is the Night's Only Program to Post Week-to-Week Growth
ABC spins the numbers for Wednesday, October 7.

[10/08/15 - 08:22 AM]
HBO Latin America to Launch New Streaming Service for Latin America and the Caribbean
The company plans to start deploying the service in markets throughout the region, beginning with a launch in Colombia by the end of the year.

[10/08/15 - 08:01 AM]
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Rings in the Holidays with "The Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas," Featuring Originals and Beloved Christmas Classics Round-the-Clock Beginning October 31
Said lineup includes "Murder She Baked: A Plum Pudding Mystery," "The Christmas Note," "Magic Stocking" and "Debbie Macomber's Dashing Through The Snow."

[10/08/15 - 07:59 AM]
A&E's "The First 48" and "Nightwatch" Return for All New Seasons on Thursday, November 5
The former kicks off its 15th season with its landmark 300th episode.

[10/08/15 - 07:00 AM]
Next Games and AMC Proudly Launch The Walking Dead: No Man's Land - The Official Mobile Game of AMC's "The Walking Dead" - on iOS Today
Guided by Daryl Dixon, the fan-favorite character from the TV show played by Norman Reedus, players are in charge of their own unique group of survivors and their fate.

[10/07/15 - 01:55 PM]
2015 FOX MLB Postseason Leads Off with ALDS Doubleheader Thursday Night
FS1 televises up to eight ALDS games over the next seven days as the 2015 Postseason unfolds.

[10/07/15 - 01:26 PM]
"Please Like Me" Available on Hulu Starting October 11
The first two seasons will be available to stream, giving subscribers the chance to catch up on the hilariously dark world of Josh Thomas in advance of Pivot's October 16 season three launch of the award-winning comedy.