August 13, 2005 11:02 PM by Joe Blackmon
The premiere episode of "My Kind of Town" will celebrate Greenville, Alabama, SUNDAY, AUGUST 14 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Recently, about 200 residents of the town flew to New York to tape this episode of the show, hosted by British TV and radio sensation Johnny Vaughan.
In the premiere, "Episode 101," hilarious surprises and amazing rewards abound for the townsfolk. Who will witness the demise of arguably the rattiest pair of footwear in the state? Whose home literally won’t be there when she returns to Greenville — much to the homeowner’s delight? Which 12 residents in the town recently posed for a naked calendar? Which local high school football star is going to win his body weight in meat by playing "Extreme Musical Chairs?" And will one townsperson crack under the pressure of trying to win prizes for his fellow Greenville residents in the audience?
"My Kind of Town" is a relentlessly energetic primetime studio show in which real American people, in all of their imperfect and awkward glory, have the chance to become the stars of their own show for one memorable night. Each week a lucky handful of residents selected from among the townspeople in the audience will participate in individualized comedic games and gags for prizes tailored to their own lives, interests and needs. One person from the group is chosen to play the big end game, where they will shoulder the burden of either winning or losing a huge prize for the other townspeople in the audience – all of whom they will see every day for the rest of their lives. No pressure!
Upcoming towns to be spotlighted on the series include: Bordentown City, NJ; Ellenville, NY; Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin and Hopedale, Massachusetts (airdates TBD). Two additional towns will be announced at a later date; the series has a seven-episode order.
"We selected these small towns from a field of hundreds, because we instantly fell in love with them and think our viewers will too. These towns have unique qualities and extraordinary, memorable people that we believe will transcend universally," says executive producer Michael Davies ("Who Wants to be a Millionaire").
This variety/comedy hybrid promises big atmosphere and energy, emotional wish-fulfillment, unexpected twists, laugh-out-loud comedy and the occasional celebrity. "My Kind of Town" is produced by Pressure Productions, a joint venture between Embassy Row LLC and Monkey Kingdom Limited. Executive producers are Michael Davies, David Granger and Will MacDonald, and co-executive producers are Janine DiTullio and Kelly Kimball.