BRAVO ANTES UP FOR SECOND SEASON OF 'CELEBRITY POKER SHOWDOWN'
TWO-HOUR FIRST SEASON FINALE WILL AIR AT A SPECIAL TIME ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 13
LOS ANGELES -- January 7, 2004 –– With the success of the first season of the “Celebrity Poker Showdown,” Bravo will begin production on a second season this winter, it was announced by Jeff Gaspin, President of Bravo. The new season will be filmed in Los Angeles and will air later this spring.
When “Celebrity Poker Showdown” first premiered on December 2, 2003, it achieved Bravo's second highest series premiere rating ever with a 1.59 household rating – just 0.02 behind the premiere of "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy."
On Tuesday, January 13 (8-10 p.m. ET), the inaugural season will conclude with a special two-hour episode beginning one hour earlier than its normal time period.
The winners of the first 5 games, Paul Rudd (“Friends”), Richard Schiff (“The West Wing”), Nicole Sullivan (“The King of Queens”), Willie Garson (“Sex and the City”) and David Cross (“Arrested Development”), will face off to see who will be crowned the first ever “Celebrity Poker Showdown” champion, and win $100,000 for the charity of their choice. Just for making it to the finals, fifth place will win $7,500, fourth place will win $10,000, third place will win $12,500 and second place will walk away with $20,000 for their charity.
“Celebrity Poker Showdown” is produced by Picture This Television in association with Bravo. Marcia Mulé and Bryan Scott, Andrew Hill Newman and Joshua Malina are the executive producers. Frances Berwick, Amy Introcaso-Davis and Shari Levine are the executive producers for Bravo.
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