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The Dixie Chicks, Dean Koontz, and Chris ''Ludacris'' Bridges Headline World Premiere of ''Amazon Fishbowl with Bill Maher'' This Thursday, June 1, on
    SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 30, 2006--

    Amazon's Original Weekly Program Sponsored by UPS Premieres on Homepage Thursday at 8 p.m. PT/11 p.m. ET (Nasdaq:AMZN) today announced that the Dixie Chicks, Dean Koontz and Chris "Ludacris" Bridges are scheduled to appear as guests on the premiere episode of "Amazon Fishbowl with Bill Maher" this Thursday, June 1, at 8 p.m. PT/11 p.m. ET.

"I'm delighted to be a part of the premiere of 'Amazon Fishbowl,'" said author Dean Koontz about his scheduled appearance on the June 1 show. "This is a brilliant new way to reach readers, and with Bill Maher as the host, at least his half of our conversation is guaranteed to be coherent."

Taped live and streamed through a media player on the homepage, "Amazon Fishbowl with Bill Maher" is an approximately 30-minute show with live musical performances and interviews conducted by comedian Bill Maher with authors, film stars and musicians every Thursday night June 1 through August 17 (shows will be archived on the Amazon Entertainment homepage at The goal of the show is to help customers find and discover new music, films, and books, and to help the creators of these works find new audiences. Each show includes a "UPS Special Delivery" in which and UPS surprise randomly selected customers by delivering their order alongside their favorite authors, musicians and film stars.

On the June 1 premiere, the Grammy-award-winning Dixie Chicks will talk with Maher and play songs from their brand-new album "Taking the Long Way," which was released on May 23 and currently tops's music bestseller list. Koontz will discuss his latest book, "The Husband," which was released today, May 30. Chris "Ludacris" Bridges will be joined by former high school basketball star Darnellia Russell to discuss their involvement in the new Miramax Pictures documentary film, "The Heart of the Game," which is scheduled to be shown in select theaters starting June 9. Examples of other guests scheduled to appear on the show this summer include Dashboard Confessional, John Mayer, Nelly Furtado, Augusten Burroughs, Janet Evanovich, Kathy Reichs, and Robert Baer.

The full-length pilot episode of "Amazon Fishbowl with Bill Maher" was filmed in Park City, Utah, during the Sundance Film Festival and is now available for viewing on the Amazon Entertainment homepage at Maher's guests for the pilot show included musician Rob Thomas, bestselling author Stephen King, and novelist/screenwriter Armistead Maupin, who adapted his novel "The Night Listener" for the Sundance debut film of the same name. Actor and comedian Paul Reiser made the UPS Special Delivery for the pilot episode.

Journalists interested in receiving more information or covering a taping of "Amazon Fishbowl with Bill Maher" in person can submit an inquiry via or the Media Hotline at 206-266-7180.

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