Royalty Meets a New Reality When Comedic Actress Mo'Nique Hosts LIFETIME Special, 'Queen for a Day'

Mar 22, 2004, 00:00 ET from LIFETIME

    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
     "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.