Royalty Meets a New Reality When Comedic Actress Mo'Nique Hosts LIFETIME Special, 'Queen for a Day'
LOS ANGELES, March 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Comedic actress Mo'Nique ("The Parkers," "It's Showtime at the Apollo") introduces Americans to a new generation of royalty when she hosts the LIFETIME special, "Queen for a Day," airing Thursday, May 27 at 8PM (ET/PT), it was announced today by Bill Brand, Senior Vice President, Reality Programming, LIFETIME Entertainment Services. "Mo'Nique has such a fun and lively personality," commented Brand. "Her quick wit will add a wonderful dimension to the show. As a comedy 'queen' of primetime television, we know our finalists and viewers will connect with her!" "Queen for a Day" is based on the legendary series from the 50's and 60's, but the LIFETIME show takes the television classic to a new level. In this fun and light-hearted version, producers will sweep the nation, holding open auditions at which nominators will have the opportunity to convince the panel that their mother, sister, friend, co-worker, among others, should be "Queen for a Day." Once the four finalists have been selected, cameras will track the potential "Queens" and whisk them away to a Los Angeles studio where they will receive the royal treatment and have one last chance to make their case to the judges and studio audience. With the help of Mo'Nique, the judges and audience will cast the final vote for the one special woman about to win her dream package. "I'm so excited to be a part of this show," said Mo'Nique. "I'm looking forward to having great fun with the finalists and audience! Who doesn't want to sit on a throne and be crowned 'Queen for a Day?' What a privilege to fulfill one lucky lady's dreams." The original daytime series, hosted by Jack Bailey, aired from 1956-65 on NBC and later on ABC. The program's central theme was taking a woman who experienced misfortune and giving her a wealth of riches, transforming her into a "Queen for a Day." The LIFETIME version, however, doesn't rely on life's catastrophes. From volunteering at a local charity, to starting a neighborhood garden, to being the consummate mother, friend and co-worker, day-to-day good deeds can be rewarded with the coveted crown. Mo'Nique is best known for her work on such UPN shows as "The Parkers," "Moesha" and "The Hughleys." She also serves as the host of "It's Showtime at the Apollo." Mo'Nique has received numerous Image Awards, recently winning Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series for "The Parkers." The actress is currently filming "Beauty Shop" and "Garfield: The Movie." "Queen for a Day" is produced by the Gurin Company for LIFETIME Television. Phil Gurin ("Weakest Link") executive produces. The Gurin Company is one of television's preeminent light entertainment full service production companies with more than a dozen projects in development in the areas of reality shows, game shows, variety shows, holiday specials, magazine and documentary programming and live entertainment. Gurin was executive producer of the NBC and first-run syndicated version of "The Weakest Link." His Fox special, "Test the Nation," returns for its second installment on March 5. He is executive producer of the Game Show Network's highest rated original series, "Lingo," now in its third season. Gurin's other producing credits include "Twenty-One" and "Candid Camera." He also is developing a new version of the hit reality series "Real People" with Tribune Entertainment and George Schlatter. LIFETIME is the leader in women's television and one of the top-rated basic cable television networks. A diverse, multi-media company, LIFETIME is committed to offering the highest quality entertainment and information programming, and advocating a wide range of issues affecting women and their families. Launched in 1984, LIFETIME serves nearly 88 million households nationwide. In 1998, LIFETIME launched Lifetime Movie Network, now in 41 million homes, and in 2001, Lifetime Real Women. LIFETIME Television, Lifetime Movie Network, Lifetime Real Women, and Lifetime Online are part of LIFETIME Entertainment Services, a 50/50 joint venture of The Hearst Corporation and The Walt Disney Company, as is Lifetime magazine, which debuted in April 2003.
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