SHOWTIME Presents the Controversial New Series PENN & TELLER: BULLSHIT! On Friday, January 24 at 11:00pm

Dec 16, 2002, 00:00 ET from Showtime Networks Inc.

    NEW YORK, Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- On January 24 at 11:00 PM ET/PT SHOWTIME
 will present the controversial new series PENN & TELLER: BULLSHIT!  Master
 showmen Penn & Teller promise an aggressive, irreverent expose of taboo topics
 using the duo's trademark humor, knowledge of carnival tricks and
 con-artistry, as well as hidden cameras and blatant confrontation.  Each of
 the 13 half-hour episodes includes interviews and undercover segments
 intertwined with elements of Penn & Teller's non-traditional comedy routines.
     Penn & Teller, self-proclaimed pit-bulls of truth, set out to prove that
 many of the institutions society holds dear are bogus and designed to profit
 from the desperate and trusting public.  Penn & Teller: Bullshit!, from its
 very title to its startling content, is designed to shock and surprise as it
 exposes the truth behind such sacred cows as chiropractic medicine, TV
 psychics, Feng Shui and second-hand smoke. Using undercover operatives,
 scrupulous research and a healthy dose of skepticism, the Vegas headliners and
 world-famous magicians blow the lid off popular notions about alien
 abductions, Ouija boards and end of the world predictions.  They expose the
 bogus science behind such widely accepted canards as creationism, the purity
 of bottled water, global warming, miracle-workers and religious cults.  Just
 as you begin to laugh at what other people are willing to fork over hard
 earned money for, Penn & Teller will show you that you are just as gullible --
 so don't blame the victim, blame the bullshit artists!
     The series is being produced by the Academy(R) and Emmy(R) Award-winning
 Wolper Organization.  The company's credits include "The Mists of Avalon,"
 "L.A. Confidential," "Murder in the First," "Thornbirds," "Surviving Picasso,"
 "Queen" and "Legends, Icons, and Superstars of the 20th Century."
     Penn & Teller's unique mix of comedy, magic and the macabre has brought
 them critical acclaim, sold-out runs on Broadway and their own permanent
 performance home at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Together
 since 1975, their award-winning theater show has been a long running hit on
 and off -Broadway. The duo keeps a busy touring schedule, performing live more
 than 100 times this year alone. The 1985 PBS special, Penn & Teller Go Public,
 won two Emmys(R) and the International Golden Rose. Other television projects
 have included the recent Emmy(R)-nominated variety series Penn & Teller's Sin
 City Spectacular and the special Penn & Teller's Home Invasion.  The
 award-winning pair has also authored two best selling books.
 
     Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Viacom
 Inc., owns the premium television networks SHOWTIME, THE MOVIE CHANNEL and
 FLIX, as well as the multiplex channels SHOWTIME TOO, SHOWTIME SHOWCASE,
 SHOWTIME EXTREME, SHOWTIME BEYOND, SHOWTIME NEXT, SHOWTIME WOMEN, SHOWTIME
 FAMILYZONE and TMC xtra.  SNI operates and manages the premium television
 network SUNDANCE CHANNEL, which is owned by SNI, Robert Redford and Universal
 Studios.  SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for
 exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SET (Showtime Event
 Television) Pay Per View.  Additionally, the advertiser-supported television
 network SHOWTIME EXTREME is available in Spain through a joint venture with
 Media Park and the advertiser-supported television network SHOWTIME is
 available in Turkey through a joint venture with UK-based Zone Vision.
 
      Rating: TV14
      Series Premieres Friday's at 11:00 PM
 
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    NEW YORK, Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- On January 24 at 11:00 PM ET/PT SHOWTIME
 will present the controversial new series PENN & TELLER: BULLSHIT!  Master
 showmen Penn & Teller promise an aggressive, irreverent expose of taboo topics
 using the duo's trademark humor, knowledge of carnival tricks and
 con-artistry, as well as hidden cameras and blatant confrontation.  Each of
 the 13 half-hour episodes includes interviews and undercover segments
 intertwined with elements of Penn & Teller's non-traditional comedy routines.
     Penn & Teller, self-proclaimed pit-bulls of truth, set out to prove that
 many of the institutions society holds dear are bogus and designed to profit
 from the desperate and trusting public.  Penn & Teller: Bullshit!, from its
 very title to its startling content, is designed to shock and surprise as it
 exposes the truth behind such sacred cows as chiropractic medicine, TV
 psychics, Feng Shui and second-hand smoke. Using undercover operatives,
 scrupulous research and a healthy dose of skepticism, the Vegas headliners and
 world-famous magicians blow the lid off popular notions about alien
 abductions, Ouija boards and end of the world predictions.  They expose the
 bogus science behind such widely accepted canards as creationism, the purity
 of bottled water, global warming, miracle-workers and religious cults.  Just
 as you begin to laugh at what other people are willing to fork over hard
 earned money for, Penn & Teller will show you that you are just as gullible --
 so don't blame the victim, blame the bullshit artists!
     The series is being produced by the Academy(R) and Emmy(R) Award-winning
 Wolper Organization.  The company's credits include "The Mists of Avalon,"
 "L.A. Confidential," "Murder in the First," "Thornbirds," "Surviving Picasso,"
 "Queen" and "Legends, Icons, and Superstars of the 20th Century."
     Penn & Teller's unique mix of comedy, magic and the macabre has brought
 them critical acclaim, sold-out runs on Broadway and their own permanent
 performance home at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Together
 since 1975, their award-winning theater show has been a long running hit on
 and off -Broadway. The duo keeps a busy touring schedule, performing live more
 than 100 times this year alone. The 1985 PBS special, Penn & Teller Go Public,
 won two Emmys(R) and the International Golden Rose. Other television projects
 have included the recent Emmy(R)-nominated variety series Penn & Teller's Sin
 City Spectacular and the special Penn & Teller's Home Invasion.  The
 award-winning pair has also authored two best selling books.
 
     Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Viacom
 Inc., owns the premium television networks SHOWTIME, THE MOVIE CHANNEL and
 FLIX, as well as the multiplex channels SHOWTIME TOO, SHOWTIME SHOWCASE,
 SHOWTIME EXTREME, SHOWTIME BEYOND, SHOWTIME NEXT, SHOWTIME WOMEN, SHOWTIME
 FAMILYZONE and TMC xtra.  SNI operates and manages the premium television
 network SUNDANCE CHANNEL, which is owned by SNI, Robert Redford and Universal
 Studios.  SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for
 exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SET (Showtime Event
 Television) Pay Per View.  Additionally, the advertiser-supported television
 network SHOWTIME EXTREME is available in Spain through a joint venture with
 Media Park and the advertiser-supported television network SHOWTIME is
 available in Turkey through a joint venture with UK-based Zone Vision.
 
      Rating: TV14
      Series Premieres Friday's at 11:00 PM
 
                      MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here
                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X71670332
 
 SOURCE  Showtime Networks Inc.