[10/05/06 - 08:34 AM]
USA Network and Major League Gaming Bring Professional Videogaming to Fall Television
The seven-part series premieres on Saturday, November 11 at 10am ET/PT.

[via press release from USA]

USA Network and Major League Gaming Bring Professional Videogaming to Fall Television

NEW YORK, Oct. 5 -- USA Network, the top-rated basic cable network, and Major League Gaming (MLG), the world's first professional video game league, today announced "Boost Mobile Major League Gaming Pro Circuit," will be debuting this fall on Saturday mornings. The show, a seven-part series premiering on Saturday, November 11 at 10am ET/PT, chronicles the challenges, drama and excitement of young professionals competing in MLG's seven-city professional video game circuit.

Lead sponsors of the broadcast include Boost Mobile, Scion, and Gamestop and additional advertising sponsors are expected to be announced prior to the airing of the broadcast.

By making videogaming entertaining to the mainstream public and available to 90 million homes, USA Network and MLG have created a powerful way to reach and connect with the elusive youth demographic. The show introduces gaming as the next TV phenomenon, using innovative graphic illustrations, in-depth personality profiles and the broadest distribution of any competitive gaming series.

"This is a unique opportunity for USA to be involved in the growth of such an innovative concept as professional gaming," said Chris McCumber, SVP Marketing & Brand Strategy. "We're thrilled to be working with Major League Gaming and introducing our viewers to their amazing characters."

Characters Welcome

"Boost Mobile Major League Gaming Pro Circuit" will take viewers into the lives of the players with a behind-the-scenes look into their homes, schools, work and social lives. The audience will experience the highs and lows with the professional gamers who put it all on the line to compete and win.

Some of the characters and excitement viewers can expect to see include:

-- Team Final Boss, led by captain Dave "Walshy" Walsh, went undefeated for most of the Pro Circuit. Now its fighting to regain its edge before the Championship. Meanwhile, the team members manage to find time to create a clothing company and keep their college grades high.

-- Team Str8 Rippin and rival Team Carbon have been threatening to knock Final Boss out of the lead all year, until Team Carbon finally knocked them off their pedestal. However, emotions and smack-talk between the two teams reach a fever pitch and threaten to get in the way of a winning streak. The leader of Str8 Rippin is the well-known Tom "Tsquared" Taylor, who has appeared in Stuff Magazine, ranking #1 on the Power 2

-- Under 30 list, MTV True Life, Wall Street Journal and more. He's confident and cocky with the skills to back it up, making him a favorite target of the other pros.

-- Viewers will also get to know players like Xena -- a 16-year old Pennsylvania girl who is active in horseback riding, sports, church and school activities -- and who also happens to be the world's top-rated female Halo 2 player; and Strongside, a player who came out of nowhere last year and single-handedly beat hundreds of competitors on the fast track to becoming a pro.

Every MLG player has a great story and an unparalleled drive to be the best. Viewers will get hooked as they watch the drama unfold throughout the series.

"USA Network's Characters Welcome says it all. MLG has the best players in the world signed to exclusive contracts, and our show will give viewers the opportunity to get to know them," said Sundance DiGiovanni, co-founder and CMO of MLG. "USA is the perfect partner for us to make this show a success as we take the next step in building out our sports media business."


Seen in 90 million homes, USA Network is cable television's leading network of original series and feature movies, sports and entertainment events, network shows and blockbuster theatrical films. The USA Network Web site is located at http://www.usanetwork.com. Characters Welcome.

USA Network is a program service of NBC Universal Cable a division of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience.


MLG is the first professional video game league. By raising video game competition to the level of professional sport, the company is creating a sports media business that provides players, developers, publishers, media partners, and advertisers a unique connection to the video game lifestyle enjoyed by 168 million Americans. With the support of major sponsors, MLG operates a pro tour that in 2006 will make 7 stops in major cities across the U.S., exclusively featuring the best gamers in the world. We produce a variety of online and broadcast-quality programming that showcases MLG's pros and this exciting new sports entertainment phenomenon. More information can be found at http://www.mlgpro.com.

http://www.usanetwork.com http://www.mlgpro.com

  [october 2006]  

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

[10/26/16 - 12:45 PM]
New Comedy "The Mick," Starring Kaitlin Olson, to Premiere Sunday, January 1, After NFL Doubleheader, on FOX
The series will then regularly air Tuesday nights following "New Girl."

[10/26/16 - 11:42 AM]
Samantha Bee Interviews Her First Male President, Barack Obama
Said installment of "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee" airs Monday, October 31 at 10:30/9:30c on TBS.

[10/26/16 - 11:00 AM]
Starz Adds Michael Nyqvist, Nazanin Boniadi, Nicholas Pinnock and Sara Serraiocco to Spy Thriller "Counterpart"
The espionage thriller with a metaphysical twist also stars Oscar(R) winner J.K. Simmons, Olivia Williams and Harry Lloyd.

[10/26/16 - 10:32 AM]
Weinstein Television's Epic Scripted Event Series "Waco," Lands on Spike TV
Previously announced in August, the six-part event series is based on the harrowing true story of the 1993 FBI siege of a religious sect in Waco, Texas that resulted in the deadly shoot out and fire.

[10/26/16 - 10:32 AM]
"Broad City" Original Series Soundtrack Available Friday, October 28 via Milan Records in Association with Comedy Central Records
The album artwork and packaging is designed by artist Mike Perry, who is also the creator of the animated show opener for "Broad City," and features an insert with spliff-rolling instructions.

[10/26/16 - 10:23 AM]
The CW Gets Into the Spirit with Its Schedule of Upcoming Holiday Specials
New this holiday season, The CW will broadcast an original holiday special, "Terry Crews Saves Christmas," for five hour-long episodes across four consecutive nights, starting Tuesday, December 20.

[10/26/16 - 10:09 AM]
WGN America's Hit Supernatural Thriller "Salem" Returns Halloween Week Wednesday, November 2 at 9:00 PM ET/PT
In advance of the premiere, the network released a riveting new trailer featuring a gruesome twist on "Cats Cradle."

[10/26/16 - 09:26 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: World Series Opens on Top for FOX
The network's coverage is up more than 17% among adults 18-49 from last year.

[10/26/16 - 09:01 AM]
Disney Begins Production on New "Muppet Babies" Series, Slated to Debut in Early 2018
Geared towards kids 4-7, each episode will feature two 11-minute stories that follow the Muppet Babies on various adventures as they let their imaginations take them to the farthest corners of the universe.

[10/26/16 - 09:00 AM]
Esquire Network Teams Up with Nick Offerman and the Movember Foundation to Throw a "'Stache Bash" to Raise Awareness of Men's Health
Take a look at Nick chatting about moustaches and tune in to the marathon to see the best of the beards and flavor savers.

[10/26/16 - 08:56 AM]
Travel Channel Says Week of December 25 Is the Perfect Time for a "Chill-cation"
Travel Channel's favorite experts and explorers - Josh Gates, Jack Maxwell, Anthony Melchiorri, Don Wildman, Andrew Zimmern and Zak Bagans - will lead ultimate chilly escapes with ice-themed episodes of the network's most popular series.

[10/26/16 - 08:32 AM]
ABC Brings You "Home for the Holidays" with Series and Specials from Thanksgiving Through the New Year
Highlights include new seasons of "The Great Christmas Light Fight" and the re-monikered "The Great American Baking Show."

[10/26/16 - 08:16 AM]
Cubs vs. Indians Delivers Best Metered Market Rating for Game 1 of the World Series Since 2009
FOX Sports spins the numbers for Tuesday, October 25.

[10/26/16 - 07:47 AM]
2016 MTV EMAS Embraces Fans-First Innovation
The 2016 MTV EMAs are the first-ever awards show to launch a Facebook Messenger interactive bot to give fans an exclusive way to engage with the live show.

[10/26/16 - 07:02 AM]
National Geographic Goes "Further" - Company Announces Global Rebrand Extending Across Entire Organization
The rebrand will coincide with the global event series premiere of "Mars," the epic story of mankind's thrilling quest to colonize Mars, from executive producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, on Monday, November 14.