"Al Franken Show" to Return to Sundance Channel and On Tap for SXSW '05
by Brian Brooks
The televised version of "The Al Franken Show" will return to Sundance Channel in response to "audience demand," the network announced recently. The "Al Franken Show" brings to television the political humorist's weekday program on Air America Radio. Sundance Channel President and C.E.O. LARRY Aidem and Air America Radio President Jon Sinton made the announcement of the show's renewal. The program will premiere Monday, June 6, and will air weeknights (Monday - Friday), and the series is slated to run through the end of 2005.
"The news that Sundance has ordered a second season of episodes of 'The Al Franken Show' comes to me as a complete shock," said Franken in response to the announcement. "Because the filming has been so unobtrusive, I had no idea that we were even off the air. I'm pleased, of course, that we'll be back but alarmed that I never knew we were gone."
In other Al Franken related news, the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and SXSW Interactive Festival, which begins next week, will host Franken in a live one-on-one interview with Evan Smith of Texas Monthly from 3:30 - 4:15 pm on Monday, March 14, at the Austin Convention Center. In his interview with Evan Smith, Franken will offer his perspectives on the future of Internet radio, American politics, and life in the Lone Star State. At 4:30, Franken will conduct a brief book-signing in the SXSW Interactive/Film Trade Show.
Air America Radio launched on March 31, 2004 in only five markets, and has now spread to 50 stations nationwide, including 15 of the top 20 markets, among them New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Miami, Boston, Atlanta and Philadelphia. Sundance Channel's version of "The Al Franken Show" will be taped at the Air America New York City studios during that day's broadcast. The first season of "The Al Franken Show" ran on Sundance Channel from September 7 to November 5, 2004.