Los Angeles, July 12, 2006 - For the first time ever, G4, the fastest growing television network for 2006, goes live to Comic-Con, the launching pad for the biggest comics and the most anticipated sci-fi, action and horror films of the upcoming year. G4's ATTACK OF THE SHOW, co-hosted by Kevin Pereira and Olivia Munn, will offer extended coverage and television's most in-depth look at the convention, being held July 20-23. G4's comprehensive Comic-Con coverage includes a two-hour special broadcast live from the San Diego Convention Center floor on Friday, July 21. Two additional one-hour specials airing Monday and Tuesday, July 23 and 24, will feature first-look trailers, celebrity interviews, creators, costumes, collectibles and, of course, millions of comic books. COMIC-CON '06 LIVE will air on Friday, July 21 from 8:00–10:00 PM ET/5:00– 7:00 PM PT. Two one-hour ATTACK OF THE SHOW Comic-Con specials will air Monday, July 24 at 7:00 PM ET/4:00 PM PT and Tuesday, July 25 at 7:00 PM ET/4:00 PM PT.
In addition, the exclusive world premiere of the HAPPY TREE FRIENDS television series will be held at Comic-Con, hosted by G4 and HAPPY TREE FRIENDS' production company, Mondo Media. The twisted animated series-featuring cute, cuddly animals whose daily adventures always end up going horribly wrong-will air on G4 this fall in a new, half-hour version. Currently, HAPPY TREE FRIENDS airs as a short during G4'S LATE NIGHT PEEP SHOW, a compilation of the best animation found on the Internet. The HAPPY TREE FRIENDS podcast continues to be one of the highest-ranking podcasts on iTunes. HTF creative team Ken Navarro, John Evershed, Ken Pontac, Jim Lively and Francis Carr will attend a special screening of the new, half-hour series at Comic-Con, followed by a Q&A session, at which fans can have their photos taken with the Cuddles mascot.
More than 100,000 ardent fans are expected to attend Comic-Con 2006 during the pop culture extravaganza, which celebrates the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. The annual event is so popular that tickets sell out months in advance, and major movie studios send mega stars such as Charlize Theron and Natalie Portman (who attended Comic-Con 2005) and Samuel L. Jackson (appearing at Comic-Con 2006) to mingle with the costume-clad fans.
G4's ATTACK OF THE SHOW, which has covered Comic-Con since 2003, will dramatically ramp up its coverage of the convention this year. AOTS' comprehensive Comic-Con coverage will let viewers know what's hot in the industry, which homemade costumes shouldn't have left the closet and what movies to look forward to, giving the scoop from the stars themselves. 2006 marks ATTACK OF THE SHOW'S first live broadcast from Comic-Con, as co-hosts Kevin Pereira and Olivia Munn, and G4's comic book industry expert Blair Butler, scope out all the action on the convention floor during the two-hour live special on Friday, July 21. In addition, two one-hour AOTS specials airing the Monday and Tuesday following the convention will feature extensive coverage of Comic-Con's most spectacular moments.
G4's program highlights will include:
Celebrity Interviews and Movie Sneak Peeks: Hollywood rolls out the celebrities each year for the big announcements and autograph signings. ATTACK OF THE SHOW is at the front of the line for some face-time with the biggest stars scheduled to appear: Samuel L. Jackson, promoting SNAKES ON A PLANE; Kristen Bell and the cast of VERONICA MARS; cast members from BONES, THE BOONDOCKS, ROBOT CHICKEN and the writers/producers of FAMILY GUY; as well as the cast from Lionsgate's anticipated CRANK: Jason Statham (Transporter), Amy Smart (Road Trip) and Efren Ramirez (Napoleon Dynamite). ATTACK OF THE SHOW will also feature first looks at next year's biggest blockbusters, such as GHOST RIDER, SPIDER-MAN 3, TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE BEGINNING and BEOWULF.
Floor Reports and Fan Insanity: ATTACK OF THE SHOW has the massive convention floor covered with reports from the biggest movie studios and comic book companies (Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Vertigo and more) to the hottest indies and toy companies. From costumes to collectibles, Comic-Con is for the fans, and ATTACK OF THE SHOW is the biggest one. "Cosplay," where attendees create and wear anime costumes, is a large component, culminating in the annual Masquerade Costume Contest on Saturday night. G4 will cover the spectacle.
Booth Activities: Fans can meet ATTACK OF THE SHOW hosts Kevin Pereira and Olivia Munn during an autograph signing at the G4 booth on Friday, July 21. Comic-Con attendees also will be able to watch the live broadcast of the July 21 special, direct from Comic-Con, on Friday afternoon, beginning at 5:00 PM PT. G4 will be handing out special souvenir G4/Comic-Con bags at the booth, celebrating the debut of G4's booth at Comic-Con.
Online Coverage: Bringing the interactive experience to the viewer, fans at home can weigh in on what's hot or not, with Web and SMS voting opportunities. G4's website, g4tv.com, will feature extensive coverage throughout the Comic-Con convention, including breaking news, photo galleries, "Best of" video podcasts, extensive short-form broadband video clips on The Pile (g4tv.com's exclusive broadband channel), and in-depth feature stories.
G4, the fastest growing network on television for 2006, launched in April 2002 and is now available in 57 million cable and satellite homes nationwide. The #1 podcasted cable network in America and a leader in VOD, G4's programming includes breaking video game industry news, trends, reviews, the hottest games and gear, celebrity interviews and insider opinions. Targeting the male 18-34 audience, G4 is the last word on games, technology, animation, interactivity, the Internet and broadband. The company is headquartered in Los Angeles and is owned by Comcast Corporation. To learn more, log onto www.g4tv.com.