DAVE FOLEY TO HOST THE SECOND SEASON OF BRAVO'S 'CELEBRITY POKER SHOWDOWN'
ALL NEW TWO-HOUR EPISODES TO PREMIERE THIS SPRING
NEW SEASON TO FEATURE TWO TOURNAMENTS AND FIFTY CELEBRITY PLAYERS
NEW YORK -- March 19, 2004 -- Comedic actor Dave Foley has signed on as the new host of Bravo's "Celebrity Poker Showdown." The new twelve episode season will feature Foley along with returning expert commentator, poker champion Phil Gordon. Season two will premiere in the spring with a new two-hour game format.
"I am excited to be working with Bravo and 'Celebrity Poker', said Foley. "I wanted to be on 'Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,' but apparently I did not meet the requirements for either category."
Currently seen on NBC's hit comedy "Will & Grace," Dave Foley is best known for his role as the beleaguered news director Dave Nelson on the NBC sitcom "NewsRadio" and as a founding member of the Canadian sketch comedy group "The Kids in the Hall." Foley has leant his unique voice to several animated features and will appear in several films this year including Sundance's "Employee of the Month," "Childstar" and "Ham & Cheese."
"We are extremely pleased to have Dave Foley as the host of one of our most popular series," said Jeff Gaspin, President of Bravo. "Foley is a tremendous comedic talent who I am certain will do a wonderful job calling the action this season."
Foley's co-host Phil Gordon is a world class poker player who has won nearly $1,000,000 in poker tournaments in the last two years including a 4th place finish in the 2001 World Series of Poker, a first place finish in the World Poker Tour: Aruba (professional division) in 2002 and most recently a first place finish at the World Poker Tour: Bay 101 Shooting Stars Tournament earlier this month.
The second season of "Celebrity Poker Showdown" will be much like the first, however it will consist of two separate tournaments of twenty-five celebrities. Each week, five stars of television, film, music and sports will compete against each other for a piece of the $250,000 prize pool in a game of No Limit Texas Hold'em poker for the charity of their choice.
Each week a new crop of stars will take to the table to challenge their peers. The winner from each week's game will go on to compete in the championship final sixth episode. The tournament will then begin all over again, with a whole new batch of celebrities. Viewers will have the inside track on the hands the different players are holding via hidden cameras. They will also be able to hear from the eliminated players, who will watch the remainder of their respective matches from the 'Loser's Lounge,' via closed circuit television.
The inaugural season of "Celebrity Poker Showdown" garnered spectacular ratings for Bravo, with the finale generating 1.7 million total viewers, more than one million viewers 25-54 and a 1.66 household rating.
"Celebrity Poker Showdown" is produced by Picture This Television in association with Bravo. Marcia Mul? 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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