FUSE SETS FALL AIR DATE FOR "OFF BEAT"
NEW, ORIGINAL HALF-HOUR MUSIC COMEDY MASH-UP SERIES HOSTED BY MIKE E. WINFIELD TO PREMIERE SEPTEMBER 14TH AT 10PM EST
NEW EPISODES OF "VIDEO ON TRIAL: SPECIAL VIDEOS UNIT" TO FOLLOW AT 10:30PM EST
New York, NY (August 20, 2012) - Fuse, the national music television network of The Madison Square Garden Company, announced that Off Beat, a new, original half-hour comedy program featuring some of today's funniest music-themed viral videos, will premiere on Friday, September 14th at 10:00pm EST. Hosted by comedian Mike E. Winfield and featuring San Diego comic Mal Hall as his sidekick, Off Beat is a 30-minute weekly mash-up of the funniest and most outrageous music-themed Internet videos and viewer-created clips. The series, consisting of 12 episodes, will run through November.
Since his debut on The Late Show with David Letterman and, most recently, his recurring role on NBC's The Office, Mike E. Winfield has been on the fast track to stardom within the comedy world. A Baltimore native currently based out of Sacramento, Winfield has won various comedy competitions throughout his budding career and can currently be seen headlining comedy clubs and theaters across the country.
Off Beat is produced by FishBowl Worldwide Media and Executive Producers Vin Di Bona, Bruce Gersh, Susan Levison and Beth Greenwald. Mike Gibbons (Tosh.0) is a creative consultant and the showrunner is Steve Melcher (The Showbiz Show with David Spade, Penn & Teller's Bullshit! and Impractical Jokers).
Joining Off Beat on Fuse's new Friday nights, Video on Trial: Special Videos Unit returns at 10:30pm EST with 12 episodes of culture vultures, including comedians Dan St. Germain, Sherrod Small and Helen Hong, dissecting some of today's hottest music videos. The music game can be a harsh business, and with a crowded landscape of music videos both good and bad, Video on Trial offers a uniquely comedic take on musical criticism. Video on Trial: Special Videos Unit is produced in-house by Fuse Studios.
Fuse is a national television network that provides a unique, multi-platform destination for music lovers, to connect fans with their favorite artists and deliver the most comprehensive coverage of the music industry today. Off Beat and Video on Trial: Special Videos Unit are part of Fuse's expanding original music programming lineup that includes original series such as Top 20 Countdown; Popped; Funny or Die's Billy on the Street featuring comedian Billy Eichner; Fuse's one-on-one artist interview show, On The Record; and Fuse's live concert series, which has featured the biggest names in the industry, including Florence and The Machine, Drake, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Linkin Park, Maroon 5, Jay-Z, John Mayer, Kanye West and Dave Matthews Band.
About FishBowl Worldwide Media
FishBowl Worldwide Media is an independent production company founded by entertainment industry veterans Vin Di Bona and Bruce Gersh, with the creative team led by Susan Levison. The studio is a transmedia storyteller developing properties for film, television, and digital platforms. Currently, FishBowl is in production on several television properties, working with networks such as ABC, VH1, Bravo, MTV and truTV.
Fuse, the national television network dedicated exclusively to music, brings viewers closer to their favorite artists and bands by featuring original series and specials, exclusive interviews, live concerts and video blocks - all rooted in the music experience. Celebrating the hit makers of today, familiar favorites and edgy newcomers, Fuse accommodates the wide ranging tastes and attitudes of its 18-34 year-old audience with compelling music programming on-air, on-line, on-demand, in HD and via mobile technologies. Fuse is a part of MSG Media, which includes television networks MSG, MSG Plus, MSG HD and MSG Plus HD, as well as MSG Interactive, which oversees all company digital initiatives. MSG Media is a division of The Madison Square Garden Company (NASDAQ:MSG), along with MSG Sports and MSG Entertainment. MSG Sports includes the New York Knicks (NBA); the New York Rangers (NHL); the New York Liberty (WNBA); the Connecticut Whale (American Hockey League); and MSG Entertainment includes concerts and events at Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, the Theater at Madison Square Garden, the Wang Theatre in Boston, the Beacon Theatre, the legendary Chicago Theatre as well as the Forum in Inglewood, California and manages wholly-owned live entertainment properties including the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, starring the Rockettes. Additional information about Fuse can be found at www.fuse.tv.