or


[08/12/08 - 04:44 PM]
Hit British Comedy the It Crowd to Air on IFC 'Automat' Beginning This Fall
IFC will air the first two seasons this fall beginning September 30.

[via press release from IFC]

Hit British Comedy The IT Crowd to Air on IFC 'Automat' Beginning this Fall

Three Seasons to Premiere Exclusively in the U.S. on IFC Beginning September 30 as Part of the Network's Tuesday Night Alternative Programming Block

New York, NY - August 12, 2008 - IFC announced today that The IT Crowd, the popular, offbeat sitcom currently seen in the U.K. on Channel 4 will air for the first time in the U.S. as part of the network's new AUTOMAT programming block on Tuesday nights. The BAFTA-nominated series, written and directed by Graham Linehan (Father Ted, Black Books), produced by Ash Atalla (The Office, Man Stroke Woman) and distributed internationally by FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME), is about the technical support team housed in the basement of a fictitious corporation and has developed a cult following since the show debuted in 2006.

IFC will air the first two seasons this fall beginning September 30; the third season will premiere on IFC in early 2009, following its debut on Channel 4 this fall. Each season includes six 30-minute episodes.

"This series has generated a huge following in the U.K. and we look forward to bringing it to our audience here in the U.S. in our Tuesday night AUTOMAT programming block," said George Lentz Jr., vice president of acquisitions and scheduling at IFC. "This hysterical, offbeat sitcom will be an excellent complement to our existing programming line-up of successful, always uncut, comedy series."

Lisa Honig, FME VP, Programme Distribution North America added: "We are delighted to see The IT Crowd find a home on IFC. There is an increasing appetite for British comedy shows in the U.S. among young American audiences and this show is a great fit for IFC's profile and audience expectation."

The IT Crowd centers on Roy (Chris O'Dowd - Festival), Moss (Richard Ayoade - Garth Marenghi, Nathan Barley) and Jen (Katherine Parkinson - Doc Martin). They make up the I.T. department of Reynholm Industries, a multinational company. While their social betters work upstairs in fantastic surroundings, Roy, Moss and Jen work in a horrible dark basement underneath it all.

In addition to the three main cast members, the series features several cameos from the comedy world including Adam Buxton (The Adam & Joe Show), Noel Fielding (The Mighty Boosh), Oliver Chris (Green Wing) and Danny Wallace, as well as a supporting cast that includes Matt Berry (Garth Marenghi's Darkplace), Noel Fielding (The Mighty Boosh) and Chris Morris (Brass Eye).

"The show is about a group of workmates hanging out, getting into humiliating scrapes and then getting out of them," said Graham Linehan, writer and creator of the show. "'Seinfeld' with laptops, I suppose. At least, that's the intention."

The series also includes appearances by James Bachman (That Mitchell and Webb Look), Amelia Bullmore (I'm Alan Partridge), Andrew Brooke (Ruddy Hell! It's Harry and Paul), Nick Burns (Nathan Barley), Silas Carson, Lydia Fox, Alex MacQueen (The Thick of It), Jamie Michie, Orlando Seale, Catherine Shepherd (Peep Show), Peter Sullivan (Extras) and Kim Wall.

The IFC AUTOMAT is a four-hour block packed with exclusive uncut, uncensored alternative programming including network premieres, originals, shorts, web shows, anime and more, scheduled to launch Tuesday nights in September.

About FREMANTLEMEDIA ENTERPRISES & FREMANTLEMEDIA

FremantleMedia Enterprises is the brand extension arm of FremantleMedia, offering a one-stop-shop for all Licensing, Distribution and Home Entertainment. It is a division of FremantleMedia, one of the largest international creators and producers of entertainment brands in the world with leading prime time drama, serial drama, entertainment and factual entertainment programming in over 40 countries worldwide. FremantleMedia is a subsidiary of RTL Group, Europe's largest television and radio broadcast company, which is 90% owned by Bertelsmann AG, an integrated media and entertainment company that commands leading positions in the world's media markets. For further information, visit http://www.fremantlemedia.com.

About IFC - update pending

IFC (The Independent Film Channel) is the first and only network dedicated to independent film and related programming, 24 hours a day, uncut and uncensored. Operating under the mantra 'always, uncut,' IFC presents feature-length films, "cult classics," thought-provoking original documentaries such as At the Death House Door and This Film Is Not Yet Rated, shorts, animated series, exclusive web series, and television's most comprehensive independent film library. The network also offers some of the most innovative and edgy original series on television, including the sketch comedy "The Whitest Kids U' Know." Providing a voice for independent thought not found anywhere else on television, IFC broadens the audience for independent film and supports the independent film community through its exclusive live coverage of notable film events like the Independent Spirit Awards. The network's On Demand offering, IFC Free, gives audiences the opportunity to watch premieres of all of IFC's original series in HD before they air on the linear network. IFC is a subsidiary of Rainbow Media Holdings LLC.

Rainbow Media Holdings LLC

Rainbow Media Holdings LLC is a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC). Rainbow Media is a leading producer of targeted, multi-platform content for global distribution, creating and managing some of the world's most compelling and dynamic entertainment brands, including AMC, IFC, WE tv, Sundance Channel, LIFESKOOL, SPORTSKOOL, and VOOM HD Networks. Through IFC Entertainment, Rainbow Media also owns and manages the following: IFC Films, a leading distribution company for independent film; IFC Productions, a feature film production company that provides financing for select independent film projects; and IFC Center, a three screen, state-of-the-art cinema in the heart of New York's Greenwich Village. Rainbow Media also operates Rainbow Advertising Sales Corporation, its advertising sales company; Rainbow Network Communications, its full service network programming origination and distribution company; and 11 Penn TV, a company that manages Rainbow Media's NYC studios and post-production facilities.





  [august 2008]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
     


· BLACK BOOKS (BBC AMERICA)
· EXTRAS (HBO)
· GARTH MARENGHI'S DARKPLACE (SYFY)
· THAT MITCHELL & WEBB LOOK (BBC AMERICA)





[05/04/16 - 01:03 PM]
"Saturday Night Live" Returns in May with Three Back-to-Back Shows
Brie Larson (May 7), Drake (May 14) and Fred Armisen (May 21) will close out the show's season.

[05/04/16 - 12:02 PM]
"Check It Out! With Dr. Steve Brule" Season 4 Premieres Friday, June 17th at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT on Adult Swim
The new season will be followed by "Decker: Unclassified," starring Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington.

[05/04/16 - 12:00 PM]
Start Your Summer with an Animated Adventure During Freeform's "Funday" Weekend Programming Event on May 14 and 15
Experience college through Mike Wazowski's eye, whip up recipes with Remy, and cheer on Wreck-It Ralph and Aladdin as they attempt to prove themselves as heroes.

[05/04/16 - 11:57 AM]
GSN to Launch First Spinoff Series from "Skin Wars" Franchise; "Skin Wars: Fresh Paint" Debuts Wednesday, June 15 at 10PM ET/PT
The series features three of "Skin Wars" top former contestants who mentor six new, highly accomplished artists each week.

[05/04/16 - 10:49 AM]
National Geographic Launches a Covert Investigation Into the Disappearance of Adventurer Cody Dial in Riveting True-Crime Series, "Missing Dial"
The six-part series launches Sunday, May 22 at 10:00/9:00c on the network.

[05/04/16 - 10:25 AM]
Valerie Bertinelli Entertains Friends & Family on the Return of "Valerie's Home Cooking"
Valerie is back in the kitchen sharing her tips for easy-to-make, delicious dishes and homemade recipes, adding her own signature touches and flavor along the way.

[05/04/16 - 10:08 AM]
TNT Teams Up with E4 on "Foreign Bodies"
The series is the story of a motley gang of travellers embarking on a three-month trip around Asia.

[05/04/16 - 10:01 AM]
2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Champion Abby Wambach Joins ESPN
Wambach will cover international sporting events for the network later this summer at the UEFA European Football Championship 2016 in France and 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

[05/04/16 - 09:39 AM]
E! Announces Four New Unscripted Series as the Pop Culture Powerhouse Continues to Expand on Successful Primetime Slate
Highlights include a spin-off of hit franchise "WAGS" (Wives and Girlfriends of Sports Stars) set against the sunny, sexy backdrop of South Florida.

[05/04/16 - 09:34 AM]
Netflix Celebrates "Marseille"
In advance of the series launch on May 5, Netflix surprised the residents of Marseille today in true Hollywood fashion when a french twist of the original "Hollywood" sign was erected to overlook the city.

[05/04/16 - 09:07 AM]
ESPN's Industry-Leading 38-Game Bowl Schedule to Conclude 2016-17 College Football Season
The season will conclude with the College Football Playoff National Championship game on Monday, January 9, on ESPN.

[05/04/16 - 09:01 AM]
The 23rd Annual SAG Awards(R) Ceremony Will Be January 29, 2017
The annual celebration of outstanding performances in film and television will be once again simulcast live on TNT and TBS.

[05/04/16 - 08:35 AM]
FYI Orders New TV Series "Prefabulous" (w.t.) from Vox Entertainment; Curbed.com to Partner with Series
The series celebrates America's next big trend in real estate, prefabricated homes.

[05/04/16 - 08:21 AM]
NBC Ties for First for the Night in the 18-49 Demo
NBC spins the numbers for Tuesday, May 3.

[05/04/16 - 08:21 AM]
"Fresh Off the Boat" Is Tuesday's No. 1 Comedy in Viewers and Young Adults
ABC spins the numbers for Tuesday, May 3.