Comedy Great Chris Rock To Stand Up and Be Crowned “Funniest M.F.”

April 29th, 2010 by SPIKE Press

COMEDY GREAT CHRIS ROCK TO STAND UP AND BE CROWNED “FUNNIEST M.F.” AT SPIKE TV’S BIGGESTBOYS NIGHT OUT “GUYS CHOICE 2010”

 Fourth Annual Award Show Celebrating Everything Guys Love Premieres On
Spike TV Sunday, June 20 At 10 PM, ET/PT, Tapes Saturday, June 5 At
Sony Pictures Studios In Los Angeles

Nominees Include George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis,
LeBron James, Tracy Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Olivia Wilde
 And Many More Guy Favorites

Voting Starts Today Only At guyschoice.spike.com

 

New York, NY, April 30, 2010 — It’s time to man up for the biggest boys night of the year!  Spike TV announced today the fourth annual “Guys Choice” – a one-night-only event for guys where the year’s most hotly debated rivalries from the world of sports, comedy, film and more go up against one another mano-a-mano with original categories that embody everything that matters in “guydom.”  The two-hour event pays homage to the things guys love most – superstar athletes, the ladies we love,  hilarious comedic performances and legendary rockers.  Scheduled to tape Saturday, June 5 at the Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, CA, “Guys Choice” premieres Sunday, June 20 (10:00 PM-Midnight, ET/PT) on Spike TV.

Last year’s “Guys Choice” honorees, nominees and participants included: Clint Eastwood, Brad Pitt, Halle Berry, Ben Stiller, Jamie Foxx, Robert Downey Jr., Eddie Van Halen, Quentin Tarantino, Dwyane Wade and Megan Fox.  This year’s event will honor, among other greats, the comedic genius of Chris Rock and bestow him with the title of “Funniest M.F.”  Spike TV will celebrate Rock’s remarkable body of work as a comedian, writer, actor, producer and an insightful spokesperson for the millions of less funny people who love him.  The “Funniest M.F.” speech has become a signature of “Guys Choice” and Spike TV and previous winners include Will Ferrell and Steve Carell.   

Super Bowl MVP and “Unstoppable Jock” nominee Drew Brees’ on being nominated; “Thanks Spike, this is a great honor.  Thrilled to be representing The Saints and the city of New Orleans.”

Voting for this year’s winners is being held online at guyschoice.spike.com beginning today through Friday, June 4.  Also online, fans can log-on to view exclusive red carpet and backstage coverage of “Guys Choice.”  This two-hour man-tastic event features original categories that encompass everything that matters in “guydom,” including “Most Dangerous Man,” “Guy of the Year,” “Biggest Ass Kicker,” “Hotter Than Hell” and “Deadliest Warrior.”  Keeping with tradition, each category is narrowed down to two nominees and is settled like men: mano-a-mano.  As always, the night will feature discretionary honors including “Guycon,” “Alpha Male,” “Guy Movie of the Year,” “Most Man-ticipated Movie,” “Rock Gods,” “Decade of Hotness” and, of course, our “Brass Balls” award.

All-star nominees include Drew Brees, George Clooney, Brooklyn Decker, Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis, LeBron James, Miranda Kerr, Tracy Morgan, Ozzy Osbourne, Zoe Saldana, Olivia Wilde, Sofia Vergara and many more (complete list of categories and nominees is below).

2010 marks the first year “Guys Choice” has gone global, with nearly 100 countries already picking up the rights, a figure that’s expected to grow. “Guys Choice” is the third Spike event to be distributed internationally along with “Scream Awards” and the “Video Game Awards.”

The official sponsors of Spike TV’s “Guys Choice” are AT&T, AXE Hair, Captain Morgan, Corona and Pizza Hut.
 
Following are the categories and nominees for Spike TV’s “GUYS CHOICE”
For the full list fans can go to guyschoice.spike.com

 
BIGGEST ASS KICKER
Jack Bauer vs. Perseus
MOST DANGEROUS MAN
Manny Pacquiao vs. Georges St-Pierre
 
HOLY GRAIL OF HOT
Zoe Saldana vs. Jessica Biel

UNSTOPPABLE JOCK
Drew Brees vs. LeBron James

HOTTER THAN HELL
Miranda Kerr vs Brooklyn Decker

GUY OF THE YEAR
George Clooney vs Zach Galifianakis

TOP FANTASY LEAGUER
Kevin Durant vs Chris Johnson

HOTTEST “OLIVIA”
Olivia Munn vs. Olivia Wilde
 
HOT SHOT
Danica Patrick vs. Lindsey Vonn

COMEDY MVP
Ed Helms vs. Tracy Morgan

HOT AND FUNNY
Kaley Cuoco vs Sofia Vergara

OUTSTANDING LITERARY ACHIEVEMENT
Ozzy Osbourne’s “I Am Ozzy” vs Tracy Morgan’s “I Am The New Black”

DEADLIEST WARRIOR
Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes vs. Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man
 
JEAN-CLAUDE GAHD DAM
Scarlett Johansson vs. Zoe Saldana
 

Casey Patterson, Carol Donovan, and Beth McCarthy-Miller will serve as executive producers.

Spike TV is available in 98.6 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press

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Press Contacts: 
 
Aileen Budow           Spike TV    212.767.3952         aileen.budow@spiketv.com
Kevin Sornatale        Spike TV    212.767.8621         kevin.sornatale@spiketv.com

 

Spike TV Orders Seasons Four and Five of “1000 Ways to Die”

April 12th, 2010 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE TV ORDERS SEASONS FOUR AND FIVE OF
 “1000 WAYS TO DIE”

New York, NY, April 12, 2010Spike TV has ordered a fourth and fifth season (a total of 28 episodes) of “1000 Ways to Die” from Original Productions, it was announced today by Sharon Levy, senior vice president, original programming. “1000 Ways to Die,” the highly-rated original series showcases some of the most outrageously true stories about those who succumbed to the grim reaper in the most unorthodox of ways. The third season, consisting of 13 episodes, premieres Tuesday, September 14 at 10:00pm ET/PT. 

The most recent season of “1000 Ways To Die” (which aired December-February) averaged a robust 1.7 million viewers with a 1.3 rating in Men 18-24.  Also, during the course of its second season, “1000 Ways to Die” was ranked among the top five original shows on Spike.com.  The average online weekly audience increased 79% versus the prior season and clips from the show continue to be among the most popular video content on the site. In December, the series was the most-watched show on Spike TV’s Video-on-Demand.

Each episode takes viewers through a fast-paced full reenactment, interlaced with dramatic witness testimonials, fun historical tidbits, scientific expert explanations and vibrant CGI effects reminiscent of classic comic books.  Playing off the commonly misconceived notion, “that could never happen to me,” “1000 Ways to Die” works to dispel that myth in a tongue-in-cheek fashion, highlighting the comedic irony in all the crazy ways people can get themselves killed. 

Acclaimed producers Thom Beers and Philip Segal of Original Productions serve as executive producers for “1000 Ways to Die.”  Levy is Spike TV’s senior vice president of original series and Tim Duffy is vice president of original programming for Spike TV

Spike TV is available in 98.6 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.

Original Productions, a FremantleMedia Company
Founded by Thom Beers, Original Productions produces authentic non-fiction programming featuring everyday heroes in extraordinary situations. Beers’ steadfast focus on top-notch storytelling with engaging personalities in high risk circumstances has produced more than 1,000 hours of original programming since the company’s inception. In February 2009, a majority stake in the 12 year-old-company was purchased by FremantleMedia, one of the leading creators and producers of worldwide entertainment brands. www.originalproductions.com/ www.fremantlemedia.com.

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Press Contacts:  David Schwarz                   Spike TV                               212-767-8639
                         Maggie Nye/Elizabeth Vendely for Original Productions     818-783-3707