[01/24/06 - 12:00 AM]
Showtime Picks Up Seasons Four and Five of Their Award-Winning Original Series Penn & Teller: Bullshit!

[via press release from Showtime]

Showtime Picks Up Seasons Four and Five of Their Award-Winning Original Series PENN & TELLER: BULLSHIT!

Season Four Series Premiere Monday, April 3rd 10:00 PM ET/PT

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 24 -- Showtime has picked up seasons four and five of their award-winning original series, PENN & TELLER: BULLSHIT!, it was announced today by Robert Greenblatt, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc. The pick-up order will consist of 10, one-hour episodes for each season with season four premiering on Monday, April 3rd at 10:00 PM ET/PT.

Entering its fourth season, this award-winning series featuring master showmen Penn & Teller, delivers viewers an aggressive, humorous expose of taboo topics using the duo's trademark humor, knowledge of carnival tricks as well as hidden cameras and blatant confrontation.

"Penn & Teller continue to amaze us with their unique insight and hilarious interpretation of society's hot-button topics," said Greenblatt. "We are delighted to announce the return of one of the most iconoclastic and entertaining shows on television."

Winner of the prestigious 2004 and 2005 Writer's Guild Award for Best Comedy/Variety Series and nominated the last three years for the Emmy(R) for Outstanding Reality Program and Outstanding Writing For Non Fiction Programming, PENN & TELLER: BULLSHIT! continues its controversial muckraking throughout season four by confronting many of the institutions society holds dear. Some of the controversial topics for season four will include the death penalty, prostitution and virginity.

The series is produced by the Academy(R) and Emmy(R) Award-winning Wolper Organization and Star Price Productions. Wolper Organization's credits include "The Mists of Avalon," "L.A. Confidential," "Murder in the First," "Thornbirds," "Surviving Picasso," "Queen" and "Legends, Icons and Superstars of the 20th Century." Penn & Teller serve as Co-Executive Producers. The Executive Producers are Mark Wolper and Star Price. Peter Adam Golden also serves as Executive Producer whose credits include the critically-acclaimed feature film "The Aristocrats."

Penn & Teller's unique mix of comedy, magic and the macabre has brought them critical acclaim, sold-out runs on Broadway and their own permanent performance home at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Together since 1975, their award-winning theater show has been a long running hit on and off -Broadway. The duo keeps a busy touring schedule, performing live more than 100 times in 2004 alone. The 1985 PBS special, "Penn & Teller Go Public," won two Emmys(R) and the International Golden Rose. Other television projects have included the recent Emmy(R)-nominated variety series "Penn & Teller's Sin City Spectacular" and the special "Penn & Teller's Home Invasion."

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates 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(TM), SHOWTIME ON DEMAND(TM) and THE MOVIE CHANNEL ON DEMAND(TM). SNI is also an owner and manager of SUNDANCE CHANNEL, a venture of NBC Universal, Robert Redford and SNI. 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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  [january 2006]  


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