[05/18/06 - 12:00 AM]
Nick at Nite Rolls Out New Episodes of Hit Original Series Hi-Jinks and Launches Hugely Popular Sitcoms a Different World and Newsradio This Summer

[via press release from Nick at Nite]

Nick at Nite Rolls Out New Episodes of Hit Original Series Hi-Jinks and Launches Hugely Popular Sitcoms A Different World and Newsradio This Summer

NEW YORK, May 18 -- It's a summer you won't want to miss on Nick at Nite when the network premieres brand new episodes of Hi-Jinks and adds the hit sitcoms Newsradio and A Different World to its modern classic line-up. Throughout the summer, the network will also air a variety of programming events celebrating Father's Day, the 4th of July and much more featuring its roster of hit shows like Roseanne, Full House and Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

Below is a detailed list of summer programming for Nick at Nite:



July 11, 9:30 p.m. ET/PT

Nick at Nite's hit hidden-camera series, Hi-Jinks, returns for more laughs and pranks for kids of all ages on Tuesday, July 11 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT. The series' newest episodes -- in which adults play good-natured pranks on kids -- of all ages -- is being produced by Stone & Company Entertainment, with Leila Sbitani returning as host. Each week features a celebrity prank segment in which famous faces use their talents to play tricks on bewildered tikes. Actors Ted McGinley (Hope & Faith), John Schneider (Smallville), Alfonso Ribeiro (Fresh Prince of Bel Air), Corbin Bernsen (L.A. Law) and Bo Bice (American Idol) are among the celebrities who have conspired with parents to prank kids.



Monday, July 17, 2 a.m. - 6 a.m., ET/PT

Will air in its regular timeslot of 4 a.m. ET/PT Join Nick at Nite as it adds this comedy showcasing the hilarious antics at WNYX -- a whimsical #2 all news radio station in New York City -- to its lineup. Dave Nelson (Dave Foley) has just been brought in from Wisconsin as the news director by the station's owner, Jimmy James (Stephen Root). A bit overwhelmed by his new job, Dave must also deal with his new co-workers who are rather eccentric and witty. The staff includes: on air-anchors Bill (Phil Hartman) and Catherine (Khandi Alexander) who are constantly sniping at each other, Matthew (Andy Dick) an inept reporter, Beth (Vicky Lewis), a crazy secretary and Joe (Joe Rogan), the maintenance man. Rounding off the staff is Lisa (Maura Tierney), a smart and ambitious writer who actually should have gotten Dave's job. The two end up beginning an on-gain off-again romance that becomes the hot topic of conversation among their friends and colleagues. The untimely death of Phil Hartman led the show to cast Jon Lovitz in 1998 as Max Lewis, a new on-air personality.

A Different World

Wednesday, July 19, 2006, 10 p.m.- 2a.m. ET/PT

Will air in its regular timeslot of 10 p.m., every Saturday and Sunday Nick at Nite welcomes this ensemble comedy to the network beginning Wednesday, July 19 with a marathon from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. ET/PT. Set at the fictitious, historically black Hillman College, it centered around Denise Huxtable (Lisa Bonet), one of the four daughters on The Cosby Show. Denise is constantly trying to adjust to the changes of living away from home on her own as well as deal with her roommates Jaleesa (Dawnn Lewis), a young divorcee and Maggie (Marisa Tomei), a free-spirited and na�ve girl who also happens to be one of the only white students on campus. Other characters in the series include Whitley Gilbert (Jasmine Guy), a rich Southern belle; Dwayne Wayne (Kadeem Hardison), a nerdy but fast-talking New Yorker, his best friend Ron Johnson (Darryl Bell) and Walter Oakes (Sinbad), who was the dorm director. There were various changes after the first season when Lisa Bonet left the series. Several new characters were added, such as: Kim Reese (Charnele Brown), a pre- med student; Mr. Gaines (Lou Myers), the cafeteria cook; Col. Taylor (Glynn Turman), the campus ROTC commander; Freddie Brooks (Cree Summer), an environmental activist and Lena James (Jada Pinkett), a feisty freshman from Baltimore. The series also gave more prominence to the romantic relationship of Dwayne and Whitley, who became the show's main stars and who eventually married.


"Bel Air Block Party"

Monday, May 22-Thursday, May 25, 10 p.m. -12 a.m. Et/PT

Nick at Nite lifts its velvet rope and grants admission to a celebrity- filled bash during when viewers meet Chris Rock, Naomi Campbell, Robin Quivers, B.B. King and Queen Latifah in these memorable Fresh Prince episodes.

"The Dan-athon"

Monday, June 12, 9-11 p.m. ET/PT

Sunday, June 18, 9-11 p.m. ET/PT (encore)

Two totally opposite Dans ... but they are two totally awesome Dads. Watch and decide which one is your favorite - Dan Conner or Danny Tanner in this Father's Day marathon of Full House and Roseanne episodes.

"NAN Summer Vacations"

Sunday, June 25, 10 p.m. -1 a.m.

It's summertime, so you know what that means --- road trip! It's time to go on a road trip with the Conners and the Tanners. With pit stops in Vegas and Disney World along the way, zaniness ensues and laughter results as our favorite families endure life on the road with their greatest obstacles ... each other.

"Roseanne All-Nite Cookout"

Sunday, July 2, 10 p.m.-6 a.m. ET/PT

Nick at Nite honors one of its favorite families with an all-nite cookout. Get in on the fun as The Conners -- Roseanne, Dan, Darlene, Becky, and D.J. -- play host to friends, family, neighbors, co-workers and uninvited guests. Sizzling sarcastic banter plus sparks flying equals the perfect fireworks for this 4th of July event.

"Summer of Favorites"

Monday, July 17-Friday, August 25, 10 p.m.-6 a.m., ET/PT

Each weeknight, two shows from Nick at Nite's roster of hits will air in a four-hour marathon. Each marathon will air in blocks with one show from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. and the other from 2 a.m.-6 a.m. Mondays: Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Newsradio Tuesdays: Roseanne and The Cosby Show Wednesdays: A Different World and Fresh Prince of Bel Air Thursdays: Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Mad About You Friday: Full House and Roseanne

"Back to School"

Sunday, August 20, 9 p.m. - 12 a.m. ET/PT

The network showcases first day of school episodes from its popular line- up.

A Different World, "School is in Session"

Monday, August 28-Friday, September 1, 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.

Each night of this A Different World event features a different school year for the Hillman students: Monday -- Freshman, Tuesday -- Sophomore, Wednesday -- Junior, Thursday -- Senior/post-grad, leading up to the real world on Friday. Get your books and pencils ready and go back to school with A Different World!

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, an animated series based on Bill Cosby's best-selling book of the same name. Nick at Nite also produced Hi-Jinks, the network's hidden-camera series in which adults play good-natured pranks on kids of all ages, which returns to the network with new episodes in July 2006. Last May, Darlene Westgor was crowned "The Funniest Mom in America" when the network aired the very first Nick at Nite's Search for the Funniest Mom in America. Rubi Nicholas was selected as this year's winner of Funniest Moms 2, a five-part reality series which aired this Spring.

For more information about Nick at Nite's originals line-ups, visit http://www.nickatnite.com. Nick at Nite and all related logos and titles are trademarks of Viacom International, Inc.

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 unit of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. MTV Networks, with more than 100 channels worldwide, owns and operates the following television programming services - MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, VH1, mtvU, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, LOGO, MTVN INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 13 digital services, all of these brands are trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks connects with its audiences through its robust consumer products businesses and its more than 90 interactive properties worldwide, including online, broadband, wireless and interactive television services and also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.

About Viacom

Viacom is a leading global entertainment content company, with prominent and respected brands in focused demographics. Offering programming and content for television, motion pictures and digital platforms, Viacom's world-class brands include MTV Networks (MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, Comedy Central, CMT: Country Music Television, Spike TV, TV Land, Logo and more than 120 networks around the world), BET, Paramount Pictures, Paramount Home Entertainment, DreamWorks and Famous Music. More information about Viacom and its businesses is available at http://www.viacom.com.

SOURCE Nick at Nite
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  [may 2006]  


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