TBS is changing the face of late-night television by channeling pop culture, entertainment, sports and political icons via comic everyman and master impressionist Frank Caliendo (MadTV). Caliendo brings his multi-personality skills to TBS, including an enigmatic John Madden, a bitter Dr. Phil, a devilish Jack Nicholson, an eccentric Al Pacino, a curmudgeonly Robert DeNiro and a befuddled President George W. Bush. FRANK TV is slated to premiere Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 11 p.m.
Named by Variety in 2007 as one of 10 comics to watch, Caliendo has cultivated fans through almost every means possible. His presence on YouTube and MySpace resulted in what one blogger called “The Caliendo Effect,” marking the shift from traditional entertainment outlets to the Internet. Caliendo’s spot-on impression of President Bush earned him an invitation to perform during the annual White House Correspondents Dinner, where he brought down the house. Sports fans know him for his weekly picks on Fox NFL Sunday, which he delivers as a wide variety of characters and personalities, including the John Madden impression for which he is most famous. Late-night comedy fans remember him as a regular cast member on the popular MadTV sketch comedy series, as well as from his regular appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman. And he performs to sold-out crowds in comedy venues across the country.
TBS’s FRANK TV will feature Caliendo riffing on many aspects of modern society, and will combine solo stand-up pieces shot before a live audience with sketches. Caliendo will perform his famous impressions in his living room set, as well as in segments shot on location and simulated television appearances. In addition to the well-known public figures he mimics, Frank has created some unique characters, such as Jay-vid Lenoman, a combination of Jay Leno and David Letterman.
Says Caliendo, “FRANK TV is a show that takes my stand-up act and brings it to life in the sketch comedy world. Every character is an extension of me. I have always believed that the best comedy comes from truth, realization and observation, and apply those observations to a situation. I like to set things up just enough for the audience so I can take them on a comedy ride.”
To whet viewers’ appetites for his new sketch comedy series, Caliendo will also headline a one-hour stand-up special to be shot at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas as part of HBO and AEG Live’s The Comedy Festival, for which TBS serves as title sponsor. FRANK CALIENDO: ALL OVER THE PLACE is slated to premiere on TBS Friday, Nov. 17, at 10 p.m.
In addition to enjoying FRANK TV on TBS, viewers will also have a chance to catch up through VOD, as well as online at TBS’s broadband destination, tbs.com. The TBS Web site will also feature previews of upcoming episodes, as well as behind-the-scenes pieces, including interviews with Frank and a look at the extensive make-up used to transform him into everyone from John Madden to Jack Nicholson to George W. Bush. The behind-the-scenes pieces will be available on tbs.com in conjunction with the premiere of FRANK TV.
FRANK TV is being produced for TBS Productions by New Wave Entertainment and executive-produced and written by Caliendo, Matt Wickline (In Living Color) and John Bowman (Saturday Night Live), with Barry Katz (Last Comic Standing) also serving as executive producer. Brian Volk-Weiss (Bachelor No. 2, Good Luck Chuck) and Leo Clarke (Moesha, The Steve Harvey Show) serve as producers for the series, Jay Karas (The Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show) and Rich Correll (The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, That’s So Raven) serve as directors.
New Wave Entertainment® is a premier content development and production enterprise and one of the entertainment industry’s largest entertainment marketing and creative services agencies. Burbank-based New Wave is owned by principals Paul Apel and Alan Baral.
TBS, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is television’s top-rated comedy network. It serves as home to such original comedy series as My Boys, The Bill Engvall Show, Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, 10 Items or Less and Frank TV; hot contemporary comedies like The Office, Sex and the City, Everybody Loves Raymond, Family Guy, King of Queens, Seinfeld and Friends, with My Name Is Earl joining the line-up in 2008; specials and special events, such as Funniest Commercials of the Year and The Comedy Festival in Las Vegas; blockbuster movies; and hosted movie showcases.
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