New Hallmark Channel Original Series
‘Whatever With Alexis & Jennifer,’
Executive Produced By Emmy Award-Winning Comedian/Director David Steinberg,
Premieres Exclusively On Hallmark Channel September 13
NEW YORK, September 1, 2010 --When Alexis Stewart (yes, Martha's daughter) and Jennifer Koppelman Hutt launch their topical and witty new hour-long talk show, “Whatever With Alexis & Jennifer,” a Hallmark Channel original series premiering Monday, September 13 (11 a.m. ET/PT, 10C), viewers will have a daytime alternative that is fresh, fun and “so not your mother's” talk show. The show is part of the network’s expanding slate of lifestyle-oriented programming that will premiere this fall.
Alexis and Jennifer have built an enthusiastic following with their daily radio show on Sirius Channel 112/XM157 and the critically acclaimed “Whatever Martha!” TV series. Now, as hosts of “Whatever with Alexis & Jennifer,” airing daily on Hallmark Channel, the duo will have a national platform to explore what's in the daily headlines and how viewers are dealing with everyday issues. Filmed in New York in front of a live studio audience, the show will feature a variety of in-studio guests, from headline makers to celebrities to people who just have something to say, and will become a daytime destination unlike anything else on TV.
While opposites in many respects, Alexis and Jennifer have this in common: their openness, honesty and willingness to discuss “whatever” comes their way.
"What's special about this show is the chemistry generated between Alexis and Jennifer," said Executive Producer David Steinberg. "They are totally unique: Alexis is gifted, smart, witty and relishes her single life; Jennifer is sharp as a whip, married with kids, super funny and a licensed attorney and notary to boot. From an executive producer's point of view, this is delicious. We're creating a family that viewers haven't seen before."
Alexis Stewart said: “Jennifer and I are fortunate to have a passionate and loyal audience from our four years in talk radio. People know that we’re open, honest and we embrace and sometimes celebrate our imperfections. But bringing our banter to television and working with
David is an amazing opportunity. We relish the chance to address what's on the minds of viewers in a format that is both smart and extremely entertaining."
Jennifer Hutt added: "I think most viewers can relate to one or both of us. We deal with the
same daily issues as everyone else, but this gives us a forum to discuss our thoughts with a national audience. It's really an opportunity to get a genuine conversation started about things that matter to all of us and gives our guests a chance to reveal themselves in a way that we hope is surprising and authentic.”
“Whatever with Alexis & Jennifer” is Steinberg’s first foray into daytime television. The acclaimed comedian and director’s credits include hits such as “Weeds,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Friends,” “Newhart,” “Seinfeld,” “Mad About You,” and “Designing Women” among others. In addition to multiple Emmy and DGA nominations, Steinberg has won two Emmys and is second only to Bob Hope in Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show” guest appearances. For more information, please visit www.thedavidsteinberg.com.
Alexis and Jennifer also co-host "Whatever with Alexis & Jennifer®" on Sirius Channel 112/XM157 and “Whatever, Martha! ®” which will make its third season debut on Hallmark Channel in 2011.
About Hallmark Channel
Hallmark Channel, owned and operated by Crown Media Holdings, Inc., is a 24-hour basic cable network that provides a diverse slate of high-quality entertainment programming available in high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) to a national audience of 90 million subscribers. The top tier program service is distributed through more than 5,450 cable systems and communities as well as direct-to-home satellite services across the country. Hallmark Channel is the nation’s leading network in providing quality family programming with an ambitious slate of original TV movies, general entertainment and home and lifestyle content. Hallmark Channel’s sibling network is Hallmark Movie Channel, also available in HD and SD, which focuses on family-friendly movies with a mix of classic theatrical films, presentations from the acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame library, original Hallmark Channel movies and special events.
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About Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. (NYSE: MSO) is a diversified media and merchandising company, inspiring and engaging consumers with unique lifestyle content and distinctive products. The Publishing segment encompasses four magazines, including the company's flagship publication, Martha Stewart Living, periodic special issues and books. The marthastewart.com website provides consumers with instant access to MSLO's multimedia library, search and find capabilities, recipes, online workshops, community and personalization, as well as wedding-planning tools powered by WeddingWire and digital invitations with pingg.com. The Broadcasting segment produces the Emmy-winning daily, nationally syndicated television series, "The Martha Stewart Show," and other original programming on Hallmark Channel, including “Mad Hungry with Lucinda Scala Quinn” and “Whatever with Alexis & Jennifer.” Broadcasting also encompasses Martha Stewart Living Radio on SIRIUS channel 112 and XM Radio 157. In addition to its media properties, MSLO offers high-quality Martha Stewart products through licensing agreements with carefully selected companies, including the Martha Stewart Collection exclusively at Macy's, the Martha Stewart Living line of home-improvement products at The Home Depot, Martha Stewart Crafts with EK Success at Michaels and independent retailers, the Martha Stewart Pets line at PetSmart and more. In 2008, Emeril Lagasse joined the Martha Stewart family of brands; MSLO acquired the assets related to Lagasse's media and merchandising business, including television programming, cookbooks, and emerils.com website and his licensed kitchen and food products. For additional information about MSLO, visit www.marthastewart.com.