BRAVO DEALS A FULL HOUSE WITH A FULL DAY OF THE HIT SERIES 'CELEBRITY POKER SHOWDOWN' LEADING INTO THE TOURNAMENT FINALE

'CELEBRITY POKER SHOWDOWN' MARATHON BEGINS THURSDAY, JULY 1 AT 1:00PM

MAURA TIERNEY, ROSARIO DAWSON, DULE HILL, LAUREN GRAHAM AND MICHAEL IAN BLACK VIE FOR $100,000 FOR CHARITY IN THE TOURNAMENT FINALE AT 9:00PM

NEW YORK -- June 29, 2004 -- On Thursday, July 1, 2004 (9:00pm - 11:00pm), the five finalists from the first tournament of the second season of Bravo's hit series, "Celebrity Poker Showdown," will compete against each other for $100,000 for the charity of their choice. The winners of the previous five games, Maura Tierney ("ER"), Rosario Dawson ("Men in Black II"), Dul? Hill ("The West Wing"), Lauren Graham ("Gilmore Girls") and Michael Ian Black ("Ed"), will face off in a two-hour game of no-limit Texas Hold'em to see who will be crowned the second "Celebrity Poker Showdown" champion. Beginning at 1:00pm, Bravo will present an all day marathon of the hit series leading into an encore presentation of the special "Queer Eye for the Gay Guy" episode of "Queer Eye" at 8:00pm followed by the two-hour "Celebrity Poker Showdown" tournament finale at 9:00pm.

Beginning next Thursday, July 8 (9:00pm ? 11:00pm), Bravo will kick off the second tournament of the season with a game featuring musician Dave Navarro, Jennie Garth ("What I Like About You"), Richard Kind ("Curb Your Enthusiasm"), Willie Garson ("Sex and the City") and Jerry O'Connell ("Jerry Maguire"). Additional celebrities taking part in this tournament include, Angie Dickinson ("Ocean's Eleven"), NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon, chef Bobby Flay, Jason Bateman ("Arrested Development"), Hank Azaria ("The Simpsons"), Seth Myers ("Saturday Night Live"), Gail O'Grady ("American Dreams") and Ron Livingston ("Office Space"), playing for a total of $250,000 for charity.

The inaugural season of "Celebrity Poker Showdown" garnered spectacular ratings for Bravo and the finale crowned Nicole Sullivan ("The King of Queens") champion. This season "Celebrity Poker Showdown" has expanded from one hour to two and has moved to a new night, Thursdays. The series still continues to draw record audiences and has become the most popular poker show on television.

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