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Burly Bear Network Debuts Video Game TV Show

21 Nov, 2001 By: John Gaudiosi

The Burly Bear Network (BBN) launches the first of six half-hour video game shows, “Dave and Steve's Video Game Explosion,” Nov. 21 on TBS Superstation and through its college TV network of 420 universities, targeting the 18-to-24-year-old audience that enjoys video games. Video game advertisers attached to the show include Microsoft, Sony, Konami, Eidos and Acclaim.

Expanding on the popular movie critique format of the “Siskel and Ebert” syndicated series, “Dave and Steve” will take a look at four or five new video games for PC, Xbox, GameCube and PlayStation 2 each episode. Hosts David Mandel (supervising producer on “Seinfeld,” writer for “SNL” and co-writer of The Cat in the Hat film) and Steve Lookner (writer on “Seinfeld,” "The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn" and “SNL”) have been avid video gamers for the past 20 years. The show will use a rating scale comprised of “buy it, rent it, borrow it or turn off your console, go outside and get some fresh air” to inform and humor its audience.

In addition to game reviews and commentary, “Dave and Steve” will offer gamers hints and tips for the latest video games.

“This show has $5 production value with million dollar writers,” said Mandel. “The college audience is looking for funny TV like ‘Seinfeld,' and we can't give them new ‘Seinfeld,' but we can give them stuff that's silly. The show will use lots of video game clips, we'll play an old Colecovision football game in one episode, there will be plenty of comedy woven into the show.”

“This show won't be a dry review show,” said Howard Handler, c.e.o. of BBN. “This is a smart and funny take on video games that should appeal to both the hardcore gamers as well as the mass market audience that might happen to tune in. Video games will be grouped into creative categories like ‘Games That Take a Million Hours to Play' for each episode.”

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