The Al Franken Show
Posted Aug 3, 2004 @ 11:53 AM
Here's the press release:
Sundance Channel to Launch Television Version of Air America Radio's 'Al Franken Show' in September
One Hour Version of Best-Selling Political Humorist's Daily Radio Program to Air Through November 2004
NEW YORK, Aug. 3 -- Sundance Channel will air "The Al Franken Show," a one-hour television edition of the political humorist's weekday program on Air America Radio. The announcement was made today by Sundance Channel President and C.E.O. Larry Aidem and Air America Radio C.E.O. Doug Kreeger. "The Al Franken Show" premieres Tuesday September 7th and will air weeknights (Monday-Friday) at 11:30pm, with a replay at 2:30am that night and 7:00am the next morning. The series is slated to run into November 2004.
"Although this whole TV medium is new to me, I am thrilled that 'The Al Franken Show' will now be seen on Sundance Channel, even though it means I will have to wear clothing during the program," said Al Franken. "Besides, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was one of my favorite movies."
"Sundance Channel prides itself on presenting the work of filmmakers and artists with distinctive voices and perspectives that might not easily find a place on commercial TV," said Aidem. "The opportunity to present the legendary Al Franken's unique and highly entertaining voice in the premium TV environment was simply too good to pass up."
"We are extremely excited about this new venture with Sundance," said Kreeger. "This now puts a face to our voice."
Sundance Channel's version of "The Al Franken Show" will be taped at the Air America New York City studios during that day's broadcast. Hosted by Grammy and Emmy Award-winning humorist and best-selling author Al Franken, the program delivers fearlessly irreverent commentary on the political events of the day, as well as interviews and comedy segments. Franken's co-host is veteran radio and print journalist Katherine Lanpher. Guests on Franken's radio program have included Bill Clinton, John Kerry, John McCain and Michael Moore.
Al Franken is an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer, best-selling author and Grammy Award-winning comedian. He has written five New York Times best-sellers including: Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right; Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot: and Other Observations; and I'm Good Enough, I'm Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like Me! Franken was one of the creators of the groundbreaking late-night television show "Saturday Night Live," and was a writer and performer on the series from 1975-1980 and 1985-1995. He received three Emmy Awards for his writing on "SNL," and a fourth for producing. Franken's popular "SNL" character Stuart Smalley formed the basis of the 1995 comedy Stuart Saves His Family, which he wrote and starred in. Franken's recording of his book Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot: and Other Observations garnered him the 1997 Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album, and this year he won the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album, for his recording of Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right.
Katherine Lanpher, the co-host of "The Al Franken Show," was the host of Minnesota Public Radio's "Midmorning" for nearly six years, and transformed the show into a statewide phenomenon. Her print journalism has been featured in publications ranging from the Saint Paul Pioneer-Press to the New York Times.
In its first three months on the air, "The Al Franken Show" has become the second most listened to talk radio show in the number one market in the country, New York City, where it is heard on WLIB.
The television version of "Al Franken Show" will be executive produced by Adam Pincus for Sundance Channel and Billy Kimball for "The Al Franken Show."
Under the creative direction of Robert Redford, Sundance Channel brings television viewers daring and engaging feature films, shorts, documentaries, world cinema and animation, shown uncut and with no commercials. Through its original programs, Sundance Channel connects viewers with filmmakers, the creative process, and the world of independent film. Launched in 1996, Sundance Channel is a venture between NBC Universal, Robert Redford, and Showtime Networks Inc. Sundance Channel operates independently of the non-profit Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival, but shares the overall Sundance mission of supporting independent artists and providing them with wider opportunities to present their work to audiences.
Posted Aug 3, 2004 @ 12:59 PM
I hope Al thanks Howard Stern for the idea of syndicating a radio show on TV. I believe he was the first one to do that, and now we have Imus, Mike & the Mad Dog, and probably others as well.
Posted Aug 3, 2004 @ 3:41 PM
Not a great way to increase one's visibility.
Posted Aug 3, 2004 @ 7:31 PM
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Posted Aug 4, 2004 @ 12:49 AM
Aww, I love Katherine Lanpher. That may be because I'm from MN.
Oh, Al. Sucks that I don't get Sundance at my dorm.
Posted Aug 4, 2004 @ 12:59 AM
Posted Sep 8, 2004 @ 10:00 AM
I wonder if this is the final nail in the coffin of his co-host becasue she doesn't even have the charisma for radio.
...and she doesn't have it for TV. Just finished watching the show, and lord, though I hate to admit it, it is not good. The studio looks like the backstage of a high school auditorium, Lanpher is a snooze, and the sketch with the stripper and the Boston Globe reporter left me with tears in my eyes. For all the wrong reasons. I love Al and I love what he's trying to do with Air America. But good radio doesn't take a lot of money and glitz -- but sometimes good TV does.
Edited by Major Misfit, Sep 8, 2004 @ 10:01 AM.
Posted Sep 13, 2004 @ 6:10 AM
Posted Sep 24, 2004 @ 2:23 PM
But I do have a crush on Katherine Lampher.
I gotta say that I do have a lot of respect for conservatives who come on the show. Hopefully Al gains a reputation for being smart and fair, even with those he opposes.
I agree the4 Stripper Sketch was a dud, but the interview with John Kerry's stepson was great, and Katherine seemed to have a bit of a crush on him.
Posted Sep 25, 2004 @ 9:40 AM
"The most boring book I've ever read." - Priceless!
Edited by Fandomania, Sep 25, 2004 @ 9:42 AM.
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Posted Sep 27, 2004 @ 3:08 PM
I keep meaning to tune in to the rerun of Franken's show in the morning, especially when I miss large chunks of the radio show the day before, but I haven't gotten into the habit yet.
Posted Sep 27, 2004 @ 3:52 PM
I don't have Sundance, so I'm only able to listen to it on airamericaradio.com
Posted Oct 5, 2004 @ 11:36 AM
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Posted Nov 6, 2004 @ 6:52 PM
I'm sad since I have no Air America affiliate here and I usually don't have time or forget to listen on the computer during the day. I liked Tivoing the Sundance show and listening to it while I did stuff near the TV.
Posted Nov 6, 2004 @ 7:36 PM
Posted Nov 6, 2004 @ 10:48 PM
I'm sad since I have no Air America affiliate here and I usually don't have time or forget to listen on the computer during the day.
You can listen to Air America Radio on the Internet...that's what I do. Thank God for Al Gore and the Internet he invented. :-)
Posted May 27, 2005 @ 9:27 AM
Al starts up the ol' TV thing on Sundance again!!!
Bumping this up in anticipation for June 6.
Say, how come this isn't in the News Forum? I'd say it's at least as newsy as that idiot Bill O'Reilly's show.
Posted Jun 11, 2005 @ 10:15 PM
The new set looks great, except for when they do the "Oy Oy Oy Show" and there is crap in the background. You'd think they could move that stuff or put a sheet over it at least.
The Sundance sign fell down one day, at least it only fell onto that slight shelf of that wall otherwise it would have fallen right onto the floor.
Edited by NashVegas, Jun 12, 2005 @ 9:05 AM.