TBS Orders Second Season of Hit Family Sitcom THE BILL ENGVALL SHOW As Engvall Prepares to Host TBS Special from The Comedy Festival
THE BILL ENGVALL SHOW, One of Ad-Supported Cable's Top Sitcoms, Airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
Engvall to Host BLUE COLLAR COMEDY: THE NEXT GENERATION, November Special Taped at The Comedy Festival at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas
Setting the stage for continued success in the original sitcoms arena, TBS has ordered a second season of 10 episodes of its hit sitcom THE BILL ENGVALL SHOW, according to an announcement by Michael Wright, senior vice president in charge of the Content Creation Group for TBS, TNT and TCM. In addition, Engvall will host BLUE COLLAR COMEDY: THE NEXT GENERATION, a special to be shot at HBO and AEG Live's The Comedy Festival (TCF) at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for premiere on TBS Saturday, Nov. 17.
"Working with Bill and the wonderful and immensely talented people behind his show has been a great experience, and we couldn't be happier about continuing that relationship on this, TBS's first in-house production," said Wright. "We're also thrilled to be working with Bill and four fresh comic talents on BLUE COLLAR COMEDY: THE NEXT GENERATION."
TBS's THE BILL ENGVALL SHOW launched in July with one of ad-supported cable's Top 3 sitcom telecasts of all time and currently ranks right behind Tyler Perry's HOUSE OF PAYNE on TBS as ad-supported cable's #2 sitcom among adults 18-49 for the year-to-date, according to data from Nielsen Media Research. The show casts Engvall as Bill Pearson, a family counselor whose own family is unpredictable, somewhat absurd and a little mixed up themselves. Nancy Travis (Becker) plays his wife, Susan, who is trying to make sure their three children turn out all right. Filling out the rest of the family, Jennifer Lawrence (Devil You Know) plays Bill and Susan's teenage daughter, Lauren, while their sons are played by Graham Patrick Martin (Law & Order: Criminal Intent) as Trent, a sports and video game enthusiast, and Skyler Gisondo (Huff) as Bryan, a musically talented neat freak with a pet snake. Tim Meadows (Saturday Night Live) co-stars as Bill's best friend. The show, which is produced by TBS, was created by Engvall and Michael Leeson (The War of the Roses), who served as executive producers with J.P. Williams (Blue Collar TV) and director James Widdoes (Two and a Half Men).
As a companion piece to THE BILL ENGVALL SHOW, tbs.com offers a collection of ASK BILL vignettes, in which family counselor Bill Pearson (Engvall) reads letters from people seeking his input on issues in their daily lives. He then offers pointedly humorous advice in return.
Engvall, who has won over audiences with his Blue Collar Comedy Tour appearances, is passing the torch on to a new generation by hosting the BLUE COLLAR COMEDY: THE NEXT GENERATION special, which will feature comedians Reno Collier; TBS's own Jamie Kaler, co-star of the acclaimed sitcom MY BOYS; John Caparulo; and Juston McKinney. The special is being produced for TBS by Parallel Entertainment, with J.P. Williams and Alan Blomquist serving as executive producers.
About The Comedy Festival: In its first two years, more than 100,000 people have attended The Comedy Festival. Highlights include stand-up performances by Jon Stewart, Dave Chappelle, Dane Cook, Bill Maher, Carlos Mencia and Sarah Silverman, as well as special event presentations of The Comedian Award to Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog's Poopapalooza and Don Rickles' receipt of the first Caesars Palace Laurel Award. Past television highlights include a 2006 airing of the 20th anniversary of Comic Relief (HBO and TBS), starring Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Williams, with special appearances by Ray Romano, George Lopez and Susie Essman and the cast of Entourage; A Salute to the Troops and USO (TBS) with special guests Kid Rock and Carmen Electra; and 2005's Earth to America (TBS), with Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Larry David, Steve Martin and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The Comedy Festival evolved from the foundation HBO laid out at the annual U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. Joining forces with live event producer AEG Live and title sponsor TBS, HBO presented the inaugural TCF in 2005.
About HBO: Home Box Office, Inc. is the premium television-programming subsidiary of Time Warner Inc., providing two 24-hour premium television services, HBO and Cinemax. Together, both networks reach approximately 39 million subscribers in the United States via cable and satellite delivery. Home Box Office's international joint ventures bring HBO branded services to more than 50 countries around the globe.
About AEG Live: AEG Live, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance, touring for a variety of programming and multi-media production. One of the largest concert promotion and touring companies in the world, AEG Live is comprised of special event, broadcast and exhibition divisions and operates and owns numerous state of the art venues nationwide. Current AEG Live tours and productions include Celine Dion A New Day at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace and Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, an international tour of the artifacts of King Tut. Recent and current promoted concert tours include Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Prince, Bon Jovi, Usher, Nickelback, Kenny Chesney and Rod Stewart. AEG Live also co-produces the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Goldenvoice, the company's southern California-based regional promotion division, created and operates the award winning annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.
About Caesars Palace: Reigning at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, Caesars Palace ranks among the world's top luxury resorts known for their originality and beauty and features 3,340 hotel guest rooms and suites, 26 unique restaurants and cafes, 4.5-acre Garden of the Gods pool and garden complex, the 50,000 square foot Qua Baths & Spa and 240,000 square feet of premium meeting and convention space. The 4,100-seat Colosseum sits just steps from celebrity chef restaurants and the acclaimed Forum Shops at Caesars and spotlights such world class entertainers as Celine Dion, Elton John and Jerry Seinfeld, as well as, starting in February 2008, Bette Midler. Journalists can access media materials and request high-resolution image downloads at media.harrahs.com.
About Parallel Entertainment: Los Angeles-based Parallel Entertainment , which produces the Blue Collar Comedy phenomenon, develops, finances and produces a wide range of entertainment projects, including: feature films, specials for network and cable, DVD premiere films, as well as television series such as CMT's "Foxworthy's Big Night Out," the upcoming TBS sitcom "The Bill Engvall Show," and Larry the Cable Guy's untitled animated series for Comedy Central. Most recently, Parallel Entertainment financed and produced the motion pictures DELTA FARCE, starring Larry the Cable Guy, Bill Engvall, and D J Qualls, and LARRY THE CABLE GUY: HEALTH INSPECTOR, starring comedian Larry the Cable Guy, both distributed by Lionsgate. Currently in production is WITLESS PROTECTION, starring Larry the Cable Guy, Jenny McCarthy, Ivana Milicevic, Yaphet Kotto, Peter Stormare, Joe Mantegna and Eric Roberts, also for release by Lionsgate.
About TBS: TBS, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is television's top-rated comedy network. It serves as home to such hot contemporary comedies as Sex and the City, Everybody Loves Raymond, Family Guy, King of Queens, Seinfeld and Friends; original comedy series like My Boys, The Bill Engvall Show, Tyler Perry's House of Payne, 10 Items or Less and Frank TV; specials and special events, such as Funniest Commercials of the Year and The Comedy Festival in Las Vegas; blockbuster movies; and hosted movie showcases.
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