[04/01/16 - 11:57 AM]
USA Network's "First Impressions" Announces Host, Celebrity Line-Up and Premiere Date
Freddie Prinze, Jr. will host the weekly half-hour battle, which premieres Tuesday, May 10 at 10:30/9:30c.

[via press release from USA]



Steve Carell, Jay Leno, Kevin Nealon, Yvette Nicole Brown, Tom Arnold, Jon Lovitz and Kate Flannery Join to Cheer-On the Up-and-Coming Impressionists

The Project, From Renegade 83 and Gaspin Media, is an Unscripted Battle of Impressions Featuring Emmy Award-Winner and 'SNL' Alum Dana Carvey

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - April 1, 2016 - USA Network's unscripted competition series, FIRST IMPRESSIONS, featuring Emmy Award-Winner and "SNL" Alum Dana Carvey, has locked in Freddie Prinze Jr. ("Star Wars Rebels") to host the weekly half-hour battle. The series is set to premiere on Tuesday, May 10 at 10:30/9:30 c. In addition to Carvey and Prinze Jr., FIRST IMPRESSIONS will also welcome an all-star celebrity line-up to cheer-on the contestants; Steve Carell ("The Big Short"), Jay Leno ("The Tonight Show"), Kevin Nealon ("SNL"), Yvette Nicole Brown ("Community"), Tom Arnold ("Sons of Anarchy"), Jon Lovitz ("Saturday Night Live") and Kate Flannery ("Inside Out") will coach the aspiring impressionists through a variety of challenges, helping them to hone their skills.

"FIRST IMPRESSIONS gives up-and-coming impressionists a unique opportunity to share their skills with the master," said Prinze Jr., "I've always been a huge fan of Dana and watching him in action, working with our talented competitors, is incredible."

Carvey is the "expert-in-residence" in this comedic series that pits America's best amateur impressionists against each other in a battle of celebrity impression. Each week the studio audience will crown a winner. From Renegade 83 and Gaspin Media, Carvey, Jeff Gaspin, David Garfinkle and Jay Renfroe will executive produce.

Prinze Jr., is best known for starring in movies such as "She's All That," "I Know What You Did Last Summer," the "Scooby-Doo" franchise and "Summer Catch." Additionally, he is the voice of several characters on animated series and video games including "Robot Chicken" and "Star Wars Rebels." Prinze Jr. was also a part of the cast of the hit series "24" for its final season. This summer, he is exploring another one of his passions with the release of his first cook book, Back to the Kitchen, out June 7, 2016. The book is filled with recipes that pay homage to his New Mexican Roots, his Puerto Rican heritage and his travels as an actor. Prinze Jr. is represented by The Gersh Agency, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Morris Yorn Barnes Levine.

About USA Network:

USA Network, the leader in cable entertainment, offers a powerful stable of dramatic, comedic and unscripted originals in more than 102 million U.S. homes. The network also features spectacular live television, a dynamic portfolio of acquired series and the best in blockbuster theatrical films and entertainment events. A trailblazer in digital innovation and storytelling, USA is defining, driving and setting the industry standard for Social TV. USA is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal. USA's award-winning website is located at http://www.usanetwork.com. Watch USA Network anywhere: On Demand, online or across mobile and connected TVs.

About Renegade 83:

Renegade 83 is one of the fastest growing and most successful unscripted production companies in the world. Based in Sherman Oaks, California, Renegade 83 is run by David Garfinkle and Jay Renfroe, and is one of the few companies that is able to create, sell and produce hit programming for broadcast networks, cable networks and first-run syndication. Renegade 83, known for the Emmy nominated series "Naked & Afraid" (#1 rated premiere in the history of Discovery), "Naked & Afraid: XL" (the highest rated new unscripted series of 2015), "Blind Date"(one of the longest running dating series), and the Emmy nominated "The 4400," specialises in creating high quality and innovative content across all unscripted genres, from docuseries, to game, competition and hybrid shows. Renegade 83 brings a unique sensibility, unparalleled creativity, cutting-edge storytelling and passion to every show it creates. Renegade has produced original series for all the major US broadcast and cable networks, including ABC, FOX, NBC, The CW, A&E Networks, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Syfy Channel, Lifetime, TBS, Oxygen, TLC, CMT, History Channel, MTV, Bravoand The National Geographic Channel.

About Gaspin Media:

Gaspin Media is a production and consulting company formed in 2013 by Jeff Gaspin, former Chairman, NBC Universal Television. Current series include "Match Made In Heaven" for WeTV and "Barmageddon" for TruTV, as well as upcoming series "To Tell the Truth" for ABC and "Fit To Fat To Fit" for A&E. Gaspin has a long history of creating shows including the iconic series "Behind the Music," for which he was twice nominated for an Emmy. Gaspin Media has a strong digital presence with the over-the-top subscription platform, TAPP, for which Gaspin was named an innovator of the year in 2014 by The Wrap. Gaspin sits on the advisory boards of Taboola, Layer3 TV and Towerbrook Capital.

  [april 2016]  


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