[07/09/08 - 01:19 PM]
TV Land Follows Sports Legend and Grillionaire George Foreman in New Original Reality Series 'Family Foreman' Premiering Wednesday, July 16
The six 30-minute episode series follows Foreman as he tries to balance fatherhood with his numerous business endeavors.

[via press release from TV Land]

TV Land Follows Sports Legend and Grillionaire George Foreman in New Original Reality Series 'Family Foreman' Premiering Wednesday, July 16

Six Episode Series Takes a Candid Look at the Bustling Home Life of the Heavyweight Boxing Champion and His Family

LOS ANGELES, July 9 -- TV Land invites viewers into the bustling home life of heavyweight boxing champion and grillionaire pitchman George Foreman, his wife and his children -- four of whom are also named George -- with the premiere of the original reality series "Family Foreman" on Wednesday, July 16 at 10:00PM ET/PT. The six thirty-minute episode series follows Foreman as he tries to balance fatherhood with his numerous business endeavors. Whether promoting a new book or trying to make it home for his son's football game, "Family Foreman" offers a candid, behind-the-scenes look at this sport's legend's hectic home life.

"Olympic gold medal winner, minister, businessman -- there are so many ways to describe George Foreman -- but viewers have never seen how he juggles all of these demands with being a loving father," states Larry W. Jones, president, TV Land. "Foreman truly lives life to the fullest, and our viewers can easily relate to how he gets caught up in the frenzy of his busy life."

Throughout the season, viewers will get to know George Foreman and his family on a very personal level. Fans will see how his daughters Leola and Natalie try tending the animals on the family's multi-acre Texas ranch, while Natalie pursues a singing career. Big brother Monk helps manage both his father's multi-million dollar empire and his sister's budding singing career as the clan tries to put together a gala dinner benefitting a nearby college.

In support of the series, tvland.com will post weekly blogs immediately following the broadcasts by Foreman daughter, Natalie as well as give viewers next day access to full episodes online available 24/7.

Meet the other Foreman Family Members:

Mary Foreman (Joan/Mom)

Mary Foreman, also known as Joan, is the backbone of the Foreman clan whose fiery personality motivates her family and keeps them in line -- whether they like it or not. She is the perfect match for Mr. Foreman, keeping him grounded even when he comes up with crazy ideas like stepping back into the ring! Though she has a tough exterior, she's really a softie at heart. She loves her husband and her family and doesn't let anything get in the way of their individual or collective success and happiness.

Natalie (The Songbird)

Natalie may have a petite stature but don't let her size fool you because she is a true spitfire. Blessed with a beautiful voice and looks to kill, she yearns to find her own place in the sun on stage singing and will do just about anything to make sure that happens. However, these dreams conflict with a promising career as a physician that her parents have always wanted her to pursue. She recently signed a modeling contract and balances that and her budding singing career with her important work for her non-profit organization that helps underprivileged children in Africa.

George III "Monk" (The Manager)

George III, or "Monk," as he is called by his family and friends, is one of the driving forces behind his father's multi-million dollar businesses and acts as Mr. Foreman's manager and ultimate 24/7 job of gatekeeper. Together with his older brother, George Jr., nothing reaches Mr. Foreman without their approval. Intense scrutiny is given to each and every request no matter how big or small -- which can be daunting for Monk, who at the age of 24 handles more than other managers twice his age. This leaves Monk longing for a relaxing moment, which is few and far between.

Leola (Daddy's Little Girl)

Though Mr. Foreman doesn't have a favorite among his 10 children, it is clear that he has a soft spot for Leola. Leola, her sister Natalie and younger brother Red are very close, spending many afternoons together sharing their thoughts and most intimate concerns. When not studying for her degree in child psychology, Leola loves to shop and play with her Yorkshire terrier.

George IV "Big Wheel" (The Jock)

Finishing his sophomore year at the University of Redlands, "Big Wheel" has traded the "Foreman spotlight" for "Friday night lights" as a running back on his college football team. Very popular and smart in high school, he has had some time to grow up even more while being away from his family. However, Mr. and Mrs. Foreman still keep a watchful eye on him 2000 miles away with almost daily phone interactions. In addition to his athletics and scholastics, Big Wheel supports a charity that aids kids with cancer.

George V "Red"

George V is the tallest of the Foreman children who takes after his father's athletic side. Chosen this fall to play on the local high school varsity football squad, his summer and fall were filled with schoolwork by day and grueling workouts at night. When it comes to schoolwork, "Red" has all the ability, but his passion is to excel on the playing field. He and his brother "Big Wheel" are competitive in every way and about every thing under the sun.

George VI "Joe"

The last of the Foreman children, eight-year-old "Joe" is coddled and spoiled by the entire Foreman clan. Joe's day starts early in the morning as he commutes to the other side of the Foreman property to be home-schooled. His nightly homework is something that he routinely does with his dad. When he is finished with his work, Joe loves to play his video games.

Family Foreman is produced for TV Land in partnership with New Line Television. The executive producers are George Foreman Sr., George Foreman Jr., George Foreman III, Jim Rosenthal and Jon Kroll.

About TV Land:

TV Land is dedicated to presenting the best in entertainment on all platforms for consumers in their 40s and 50s. Armed with a slate of original programming, acquired classic shows, hit movies and full-service web site, TV Land is now seen in over 90 million U.S. homes.

About MTV Networks:

MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (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 150 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/THE N, VH1 CLASSIC, MTVN INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 13 digital services, all of these networks trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks connects with its audiences through its robust consumer products businesses and its more than 300 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.

  [july 2008]  


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