TBS Heads Down Under for Wild New Reality Comedy Series: OUTBACK JACK, Premiering in June

Pampered City Women Give Up Heels and Handbags to Compete for Rugged Hero in

Series from Nash Entertainment (Meet My Folks)

Apr 22, 2004, 01:00 ET from TBS

    NEW YORK, April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Twelve beautiful, high maintenance
 women are in for the shock of their lives when they find out they must brave
 the brutally rugged Australian wilderness in order to win the man of their
 dreams in TBS's wild new reality comedy series OUTBACK JACK, from Bruce Nash's
 Nash Entertainment (Meet My Folks, For Love or Money, Who Wants To Marry My
 Dad?).  The series, hosted by JD Roberto (Shop Til You Drop, Shark Chasers),
 is set to premiere Tuesdays in primetime, starting June 22.
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     As OUTBACK JACK opens, 12 beautiful, sophisticated and pampered city women
 board a plane that will take them to meet the man of their dreams.  Little do
 they realize, however, that the only way to reach him is by taking a leap of
 faith, parachuting into the middle of Australia's expansive Outback
 wilderness.  Their hopes are dashed further when they land and see he's not
 living a life of luxury, but roughing it in one of the world's most
 unforgiving terrains.  Over the course of eight episodes, the women will have
 to decide if they can give up their make-up, designer shoes and all the
 comforts of home in order to win the affection of their handsome hero.
     "OUTBACK JACK is a hilarious and engaging reality series that will really
 appeal to our targeted young-adult audience and complement our other high-
 profile programming, including the recently acquired blockbuster comedy Sex
 and the City," said Steve Koonin, executive vice president and chief operating
 officer of TBS and TNT.  "And we're thrilled to have Bruce Nash on board for
 this project, lending his incredible talent at taking popular reality formulas
 to exciting new levels."
     "We are thrilled to be working with TBS as we explore new directions to
 take reality programming," said Nash.  "We have been casting for this series
 since early this year to find the perfect hero of the Outback, as well as 12
 very pampered women to vie for his affections. The fish-out-of-water comedy
 elements combined with romance and adventure are going to make for plenty of
 unexpected twists and turns.  It is going to be quite a ride for both the
 women competing and the viewers watching."
     At only 28 years of age, OUTBACK JACK leading man Vadim Dale has already
 accomplished an amazing collection of feats.  The East Melbourne native has
 earned numerous titles and medals in swimming, judo, karate, grappling,
 football and horseback riding.  An accomplished mountain climber, he climbed
 7,000 meters to the Mount Thurong peak.  In addition, he is a tri-athlete, an
 avid trail bike racer, white water rafter and skydiver.
     Nash is one of the most creative and prolific producers in television. His
 company, Nash Entertainment, is responsible for some of the top-rated reality
 programs on television and is expanding into scripted series, with such
 recently announced projects as If the South Won the Civil War and The Real
 Thing, as well as several feature film projects in development.
     TBS is television's "very funny" network, serving as home to such hot
 contemporary comedies as Seinfeld and Friends, with Sex and the City,
 Everybody Loves Raymond and Yes, Dear joining the line-up this summer; high-
 profile original reality series; blockbuster movies; hosted movie showcases;
 and action-packed sports from the worlds of Major League Baseball and Pac 10
 and Big 12 college football.