FINE LIVING NETWORK IS BIG WINNER AS EXCLUSIVE CABLE HOME TO CURRENT SEASON OF NBC'S 'THE BIGGEST LOSER'
As Part of New Deal With NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution, Cabler Premieres 'The Biggest Loser: Families' in Primetime Beginning September 20
Beginning October 13, Fine Living Goes Fab As Exclusive Home For 'Queer Eye,' The Pop Culture Phenomenon That Changed The Television Landscape
Knoxville, Tenn and Los Angeles, September 17, 2008 - As part of a multi-year deal with NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution, Fine Living Network (FLN) today announced that the network will become the cable home for two major television franchises, "The Biggest Loser" and "Queer Eye." Details were unveiled today by Chad Youngblood, General Manager, Fine Living Network and Frances Manfredi, Executive Vice President and General Sales Manager, Cable & Non-Theatrical Sales, NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution.
The new deal brings a significant portion of "The Biggest Loser" library to FLN and makes the network the exclusive cable home to the hit show's upcoming season, launching on NBC on September 16th. FLN will air each new installment on Saturdays and Sundays at 9 pm et/pt beginning September 20th. FLN will also be the exclusive cable home of "The Biggest Loser: Couples" when it launches next year.
"Queer Eye's Fab Five will also join FLN's primetime lineup each Monday night beginning October 13th at 9 pm et/pt. The acquisition gives the network access to the entire library of Queer Eye's 99 hour-long episodes including the rarely-seen pilot featuring talent that appeared on the show before the Fab 5 cast was set in stone.
Youngblood said: "By bringing these two significant franchises to FLN, we continue our quest to move our channel into the top tier of all lifestyle television networks. ‘The Biggest Loser' is one of TV's most popular series, a juggernaut in the world of reality television. And in its four year run, 'Queer Eye' was a ratings superstar, dominating American pop culture." He added: "Both series have captured the hearts and remotes of millions of TV watchers and we are delighted to have them on FLN. Certainly, adding these two shows to our lineup underscores our belief that FLN will soon stand for America's Favorite Lifestyle Network."
"We are thrilled to partner with FLN on these groundbreaking reality franchises," says Manfredi. "Both shows will add well-known lifestyle experts to FLN's primetime line up."
ABOUT THE BIGGEST LOSER
"The Biggest Loser" is a life-changing unscripted series that challenges and encourages overweight contestants to shed pounds in a safe and recommended manner through comprehensive diet and exercise as they compete for a grand prize of $250,000. Hosted by Alison Sweeney ("Days of our Lives") and featuring trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels, the popular weight loss series has become a worldwide hit airing in over 90 countries and produced in 25 countries. It has produced a New York Times best-selling book series with five titles currently. The show also has four top-selling fitness DVDs and a "Biggest Loser" meal plan available for home purchase (www.biggestlosermealplan.com), as well as a burgeoning online lifestyle club www.thebiggestloserclub.com.
ABOUT QUEER EYE
Since the Fab 5 first "came out" to the world for the series premiere on July 15, 2003, straight guys everywhere knew they had finally found their "Queer Eye." In each episode grooming guru Kyan Douglas advocates "manscaping," an effort to tame or remove unruly body hair; fashion maven Carson Kressley "tzuj's" his way to perfection; food and wine expert Ted Allen advises on appropriate food and wine pairings; and culture vulture Jai Rodriguez infuses self-confidence in those who need it most, while interior designer Thom Filicia magically turns a drab room fab.
The show's groundbreaking premise, five incredibly stylish, gay men who set out to "make-better" a generally straight but clueless male, shattered ratings records and became appointment television when the series first premiered. Queer Eye became an instant hit and media darling, reshaping how Americans watched television and completely redefining the makeover/reality category. The show's water-cooler buzz made the Fab 5 cultural icons with the series earning multiple awards including an Emmy win for Best Reality Program in 2004.
ABOUT FINE LIVING NETWORK
Fine Living Network (FLN) is the leading entertainment and information resource for programming that impacts viewers' quality of life. The cable network, currently available in about 50 million homes, is dedicated to providing topical, timely and fast-paced lifestyle-related content for success-driven individuals who see value in knowing the best ways to spend their time and money. From the makers of HGTV and Food Network, Fine Living Network is available nationwide on DirecTV channel 232 and DISH Network channel 113, and on local digital cable. To find your cable provider, visit <http://www.fineliving.com/TV> www.fineliving.com/TV.
ABOUT NBC UNIVERSAL DOMESTIC TELEVISION DISTRIBUTION
NBC Universal is a leader in providing entertainment programming to the domestic and international marketplaces. The NBC Universal Television Distribution division is responsible for the global distribution of NBC Universal product to all forms of television throughout the world. This includes distribution of current and library film and television product, including formats and non-scripted programming, in the pay, free, and basic markets, as well as the domestic syndication of first-run syndicated TV programs and theatrical and TV movie packages. Current and upcoming first-run strip syndicated programming at NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution includes, Access Hollywood, Deal or No Deal, The Jerry Springer Show, The Martha Stewart Show, Maury and The Steve Wilkos Show. Current and upcoming first-run weekly syndicated programming includes The Chris Matthews Show, Reel Talk, The Wall Street Journal Report with Maria Bartiromo and the off-network distribution of Heroes, House, The Office, Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and many more series.