or


[01/19/06 - 12:00 AM]
Showtime Greenlights TV Adaptation of "This American Life"

[via press release from Showtime]

SHOWTIME GREENLIGHTS TV ADAPTATION OF "THIS AMERICAN LIFE"

Six Episodes Of New Series Based On The Award-Winning Chicago Public Radio Program Hosted By Ira Glass Begins Production This Spring

PASADENA, CA, January 19, 2006 � Showtime has greenlighted six episodes of a new original series, THIS AMERICAN LIFE, to be hosted by Ira Glass, it was announced today by Robert Greenblatt, President of Entertainment for Showtime. The series is based on the award-winning show of the same name that was created by Chicago Public Radio and Ira Glass. Set to begin production in spring 2006, Ira Glass, acclaimed independent film producer Christine Vachon from Killer Films ("Boys Don�t Cry," "Happiness," "One Hour Photo") and Julie Snyder will serve as executive producers

Each episode will be hosted by Ira Glass and will explore a single theme or topic through the unique juxtaposition of first-person storytelling and whimsical narrative, allowing for the show�s distinct and original voice. The visual interpretation of the radio series will reflect the structure and spirit of the radio show that has grown to be one of the most popular and innovative programs in the medium.

"Ira is a master storyteller, and I�m thrilled that he wanted to do his visual adaptation of 'THIS AMERICAN LIFE' with us," said Greenblatt. "We�re in the business of bringing true visionaries to television, and I guarantee this show will be unlike any other reality/documentary show anywhere. And it will not replace the beloved radio version which will continue to flourish and delight its scores of fans for many years to come."

Debuting on Chicago public radio station WBEZ in 1995, and distributed by Public Radio International, "THIS AMERICAN LIFE" is an hour-long combination of journalism and short fiction. Hosted by creator and veteran public radio producer Ira Glass, the show is heard on over 500 radio stations nationally and has won the Peabody and Dupont-Columbia awards for excellence in broadcasting. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and author David Mamet remarked in Time magazine, "We�re blessed from time to time, with a spontaneous generation of humor and insight. And here is Ira Glass who seems to have reinvented radio."

"We've always thought of our job as making little movies for radio," said Glass. "So we were thrilled when Showtime approached us and suggested we actually take it to the next logical step. And as the radio show is like nothing else on radio, we believe the television version will be like nothing else on TV."





  [january 2006]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S


· THIS AMERICAN LIFE (SHOWTIME)





[05/06/16 - 07:00 AM]
Multi-Platinum Recording Artists Fifth Harmony to Perform Their Smash Hit "Work from Home" at the "2016 Billboard Music Awards" on ABC
Fifth Harmony join previously announced musical performers Justin Bieber, Celine Dion, DNCE, The Go-Go's, Demi Lovato, Shawn Mendes, P!nk, Britney Spears and collaborations with Nick Jonas and Tove Lo.

[05/05/16 - 03:52 PM]
Just in Time for Mother's Day BET Networks Announces More Casting News for Its "New Edition: The Movie" Miniseries
La La Anthony, Yvette Nicole Brown, Monica Calhoun, Lisa Nicole Carson and Sandi McCree are among the latest additions.

[05/05/16 - 03:07 PM]
CBS Moves Up "New I Love Lucy Superstar Special" to Friday, May 20
The network's latest newly-colorized special was originally slated for Sunday, May 22 at 8:00/7:00c.

[05/05/16 - 02:44 PM]
BBC America's First Major Natural History Co-Production "The Hunt" Premieres Sunday, July 3
Narrated by famed naturalist Sir David Attenborough, the new series comes from multi-Emmy(R)-winning executive producer Alastair Fothergill and series producer Huw Cordey.

[05/05/16 - 01:15 PM]
Eden Brolin Cast in Recurring Role in Freeform's New Original Drama Series "Beyond"
Brolin will recur as Charlie, a cool and confident young woman with a tough exterior, and who has a special gift that gets her into trouble.

[05/05/16 - 12:25 PM]
TV One Honors Memorable Moms with "Love My Momma Month of May"
Highlights include the premiere of its latest original movie, "Chasing Waterfalls."

[05/05/16 - 12:00 PM]
Adam Bernstein to Direct Premiere of Spike's New Scripted Series "The Mist"
From TWC-Dimension Television (TV) based on the classic Stephen King novella, "The Mist" goes into production this summer and airs in 2017.

[05/05/16 - 11:58 AM]
FOX NASCAR Gains Momentum at Talladega
FOX Sports further spins the numbers for Sunday, May 1.

[05/05/16 - 11:25 AM]
Whitney Thore's Hidden Secrets Revealed on Third Season of TLC's "My Big Fat Fabulous Life"
Look for the first of nine new episodes beginning Wednesday, June 8 at 9:00/8:00c.

[05/05/16 - 11:13 AM]
FX Orders New Ryan Murphy Limited Series "Feud"
Today FX has placed an order for Murphy's latest anthology franchise, an eight-episode series that will explore the bouts and blows of epic conflicts.

[05/05/16 - 11:02 AM]
Bravo Media's "Tour Group" Returns on a New Night Beginning Tuesday, May 10 at 10PM ET/PT
The first two episodes of "Tour Group," including the preview special, are available on VOD and at BravoTV.com for viewers to catch up before episode three premieres.

[05/05/16 - 10:15 AM]
Netflix Announces "Dear White People," A New Comedy Series Based on Justin Simien's Critically-Acclaimed Indie Film
The 10-episode, 30-minute series will go into production later this year and will premiere on Netflix around the world in 2017.

[05/05/16 - 10:01 AM]
Video: Check Out the Mid-Season Trailer for MTV's "Real World: Go Big or Go Home"
After a trip to the gun range, Ceejai struggles to keep her cool when Jenna triggers painful feelings from her past.

[05/05/16 - 09:42 AM]
Roc Nation Sports Announces Co-Feature & Non-Televised Undercard for Dusty Hernandez-Harrison and Mike Dallas Jr. Welterweight Showdown on Friday, May 13 at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C.
The fight will headline a throne boxing event that will be televised live on BET beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET and will also be streamed live on global music and entertainment platform, TIDAL.com.

[05/05/16 - 08:34 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX, "Empire" Take Home Demo Crown
The network's juggernaut dips week-to-week but still leads the night by a solid margin.