[05/10/05 - 12:00 AM]
Fatherhood Delivers More Family Fun with Premiere of Second Season

[via press release from Nick at Nite]

Fatherhood Delivers More Family Fun With Premiere Of Second Season

Nick At Nite�s Hit Original Animated Series Returns May 17

New York, NY, May 10, 2005 � Nick at Nite�s first original, animated series, Fatherhood, based on Bill Cosby�s best selling book of the same name, returns for a second season of family fun and Dr. Bindlebeeps� fatherly wisdom on Tuesday, May 17 at 9:30 pm (ET/PT). The series stars Blair Underwood and Sabrina LeBeauf and is executive produced by Cosby for Nick at Nite along with Charles Kipps (Little Bill, Cosby Mysteries), Mike Milligan (The Jeffersons, Dear John, Here and Now) and David Brokaw (Little Bill). Celebrities Jim Belushi, Don Knotts and Malcolm Jamal-Warner all lend their voices to the series this season.

�We�re thrilled to go into a second season of this family comedy and to continue our relationship with Bill Cosby,� states Larry W. Jones, President, TV Land and Nick at Nite. �Fatherhood has connected with our audience in a huge way, and we know our viewers share the same enthusiasm for fun, family viewing.�

Fatherhood delivers a comedic, yet insightful journey in each half hour episode focusing on the challenges, life lessons and comical confusions of family life. Underwood stars as the voice of �Dr. Bindlebeep,� a high school teacher, loving husband and father of three. Sabrina LeBeauf (The Cosby Show) stars as his wife, Norma. Sal Maniaci, Vice President, Development & Production, TV Land and Nick at Nite is overseeing the project.

Nearly 64 million cumulative viewers tuned into the first season of Fatherhood, which premiered in June 2004. The series went on to win a NAMIC Vision Award (The National Association of Minorities in Communications) for Best Comedy (tied with Chapelle�s Show).

Fatherhood (Doubleday/Dolphin) was published in May 1986 and became the fastest-selling hardcover book at that time. It remained for over half of its fifty-four weeks on The New York Times Best Seller List as #1. It has sold over 2.6 million hardcover copies and 1.5 million paperbacks (published by Berkeley).

The following is the schedule of episodes for Fatherhood (all times ET/PT):

�Behind Closed Doors�

Premieres: Tuesday, May 17 at 9:30 pm (ET/PT)

Dr. Bindlebeep discovers Angie has a boy in her room and thinks the worst, but all she was doing was working on a surprise slide show about Dr. B for an upcoming awards ceremony honoring him.

�Truth or Scare�

Premieres May 24 at 9:30 pm (ET/PT)

Roy gets a �D� on his report card and Dr. Bindlebeep accidentally smashes Roy�s bike, and neither want to tell the other. Guest voice: Jim Belushi.

�The Second Family�

Premieres May 31 at 9:30pm (ET/PT)

The annoying John Kurtz and Angie are paired up in a mock marriage for social studies class, becoming an even bigger nightmare to Angie when Dr. Bindlebeep befriends Kurtz. Guest voice: Don Knotts

�The New Kid In Town�

Premieres June 7 at 9:30pm (ET/PT)

Dr. B plays matchmaker to Angie when she is crushed after a boy stands her up to a school dance, and she believes boys suddenly have lost interest in her.

�A Star Is Flunked�

Premieres June 14 at 9:30pm (ET/PT)

The best football player in Central might miss the big game against arch rival Jefferson because Dr. B flunks him!

�The Other Brother�

Premieres June 21 at 9:30pm (ET/PT)

Norma�s ne�er-do-well brother arrives for a visit, stealing Dr. B�s thunder at every turn. Guest voice: Malcolm Jamal-Warner.

Nick at Nite and all related logos and titles are trademarks of Viacom International, Inc.

Nick at Nite Originals was created in 2003 to develop original programming that meets what the network refers to as the "Four F�s" criteria: programming that is Family-Friendly, Funny and Familiar. Nick at Nite Originals produced Fatherhood (June 2004), a show based on Bill Cosby�s best-selling book of the same name, which has been one of the highest rated shows on the network. For more information about Nick at Nite's originals line-ups, visit www.nickatnite.com.

Currently seen in more than 88 million U.S. homes, Nick at Nite features timeless hit comedies: �The Cosby Show� � this Emmy Award-winning sitcom is one of the network�s highest-rated shows: �Full House� � this popular family comedy launched on the network in October and is one of the highest-rated and most popular syndicated programs in television; and �Roseanne,� one of the most talk-about and celebrated sitcoms in television history.

MTV Networks, a division of Viacom International Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), owns and operates the following television programming services -- MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, mtvU, VHI, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, MTV INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 12 digital services, all of which are trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.

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