Press Release #12 (8/13/08)
HOWARD STERN AND IN DEMAND AGREE TO EXTEND HOWARD TV ON DEMAND THROUGH 2010; PROGRAMMING EXPANDED
WITH SLATE OF NEW ORIGINAL SHOWS
Viewers Get Uncensored and Uncut Access to The Howard Stern Show, Cast and Regulars with Seven All-New Shows
After 25 Years, Stern Fans Still Clamor for More Hijinks and Access to the
Legendary Shock Jock and his Hilarious Cast of Characters
New York (Aug. 13, 2008) - Howard Stern and iN DEMAND Networks have reached an agreement to continue the Howard TV On Demand service through the end of 2010, to coincide with the conclusion of Stern's deal with Sirius Radio. And to celebrate this occasion, digital cable's Howard TV channel will be expanding its original programming slate. Set to debut throughout the remainder of 2008 will be seven all-new exclusive uncensored programs available only on Howard TV.
Beginning in August 2008, Howard TV will bring the world of The Howard Stern Show to life in entirely new ways with a trivia-style game show, two shows featuring the outrageous adventures of Howard Stern's Wack Pack, exclusive behind-the-scenes access and much more.
The new originals follow on the heels of two recent wildly successful original reality series; The Miss Howard Stern Show and Bowling Beauties. Bowling Beauties, which featured sixteen bikini-clad babes competing in stiletto bowling shoes, was so enthusiastically received by the Stern audience, that a new show, Wack Pack Bowling, was born.
The Howard TV Summer/Fall 2008 line-up includes:
• Wack Pack Bowling: Wack Pack Bowling is an outrageous show starring Howard Stern's loyal crew of misfits, dubbed "The Wack Pack," as they compete in a bowling tournament like no other. The show will be hosted by longtime popular radio talk show host Sid Rosenberg and competitors including Beetlejuice, Double A, Nicole Bass (the former world's largest female body builder), John the Stutterer, Gay Ramon, Fred the Elephant Boy, Jeff the Drunk, Croy, Joey Boots, Yucko The Clown and Siobhan (a post-op Transsexual). The series debuts on August 12th. Four episodes.
• Beat The Booey: After 25 years, longtime Howard Stern fans can finally put their knowledge to the test and see how much they really know about their all-time favorite show. In each episode, Howard TV is giving three "Super Fans" an opportunity to compete in a new multi-round trivia game for a chance to go up against longtime Howard Stern Show producer Gary "Baba Booey" Dell'Abate and win $5,000. The first installment of this five-part series which celebrates the history of the Stern show will begin airing on Howard TV on September 4th. Five episodes.
• Wack Pack at The Christy's Farm: This is no Simple Life! Viewers will follow three Wack Pack members as they join Stern Show segment producer Richard Christy at his parent's rural home on the farmlands of Kansas. The Wack Pack will join the Christys in their daily chores including plowing the fields, square dancing, preparing meals, and working with the numerous farm animals on the compound. Plus, they'll join Richard and his dad as they go hunting, fishing, and much more. The show will premiere on November 6th. Four episodes.
• Killers Of Comedy On The Road: This new series will follow the goofiness and insanity of the show's favorite comedians, some of whom work for Howard TV and others who are regular guests. The series will follow the antics of the guys at their performances, on the road, backstage and behind the scenes of their lives. The group includes Rev. Bob Levy, Shuli, Sal The Stockbroker, Jim Florentine, Yucko The Clown, The Iron Sheik and Beetlejuice. Air date: TBD. Six episodes.
"Fans of Howard Stern and Howard TV can now celebrate that their favorite TV destination will continue for another two years. Plus, they will love the new original concepts," said Howard TV Executive Producer Doug Z. Goodstein. "Stern fans can't get enough of Howard, and Howard TV will provide funny and outrageous original series to complement the great daily and classic shows we already offer. The behind-the-scenes content will give fans an exclusive look at the show from an insider's perspective."
Howard Stern fans can also look forward to an array of behind-the-scenes and best-of specials developed by Howard TV such as the new weekly series "Best of the Wrap-up Show" which highlights the continued action after the ‘Howard Stern Show' goes off the air and features the best conversations, fights and topics from the show that are discussed. Also, on tap is an all-access show which documents Howard Stern's longtime security man Ronnie "The Limo Driver" Mund as he goes about his day behind the scenes interacting with celebrities, staff, Howard and others (Premieres Oct. 8. Four episodes.). Additionally, Howard TV producers have in the works a "Best of the Year Special 2008."
About Howard TV On Demand
Stern fans get an uncensored window into Howard's freedom on satellite radio with digital cable's premium video-on-demand (SVOD) service HOWARD TV ON DEMAND. The service allows digital cable subscribers to bring Howard Stern and his colorful cast of characters right into their living rooms 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. As the only place to see Stern, the "all-Stern-all-the-time" channel offers opportunities to exclusively view the daily Sirius shows as well as original programming conceptualized by Howard Stern and the Howard TV On Demand producers.
Fans are able to get these brand new shows at the touch of a button as well as access an archive of some of the best shows from Howard's expansive television library. The HOWARD TV ON DEMAND channel is currently available to 32 million digital cable subscribers in the U.S. and Canada through Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, Cablevision, Charter Communications, Brighthouse and Rogers cable systems for $13.99 per month (SRP).
About iN DEMAND Networks
iN DEMAND Networks is the pioneer and world leader in providing exciting entertainment delivered through television's most innovative technologies. iN DEMAND creates and delivers programming through three distinct areas of business: Pay-Per-View (PPV), Video-On-Demand (VOD) and high definition (HD) programming. PPV programming includes movies, mega boxing and mixed martial arts events and the digital out-of-market subscription sports packages for MLB, the NBA, the NHL and MLS. The company also offers a range of VOD products including first-run movies, original HD VOD content, and serves as the exclusive TV home of Howard Stern, via its Howard TV On Demand offering. The company also operates the distinctive MOJO HD network, a pioneer in HD, to serve the upscale male audience. iN DEMAND's owners are Comcast iN DEMAND Holdings, Inc., Cox Communications Holdings, Inc., and Time Warner Entertainment - Advance/Newhouse Partnership. Further information about the company can be found at www.indemand.com.