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Drama based on the true story of an unorthodox student doctor (Robin Williams) who believes that laughter is a valid form of medicine. Although popular with patients, his unique approach to treatment places him on a collision course with the medical establishment.

The film co-stars Philip Seymour Hoffman (‘Magnolia’, ‘Mission: Impossible III’), an Oscar winner for his eponymous role in ‘Capote’, and Monica Potter, who has appeared in ‘Con Air’ and ‘Along Came a Spider’.

Director Tom Shadyac’s CV includes ‘Ace Ventura: Pet Detective’, ‘Bruce Almighty’ and ‘Evan Almighty’.

Tom Shadyac
Robin Williams, Monica Potter, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Fiver has acquired a number of hit, new US series for 2010, it was announced today. (THURS).
The updated, drama series Melrose Place kicks off exclusively on Fiver in late January and will be joined by action-packed thriller series Burn Notice in February this year.  Animated spy satire Archer also features exclusively in Fiver’s refreshed line-up of quality, American series, also scheduled for late February.

Jeff Ford, Five’s Managing Director of Digital Channels and Acquisitions, said:  “I’m delighted to add these great titles to a burgeoning slate of quality acquisitions for Fiver.  There is a strong emphasis on slick, fun drama and series for Fiver this year.”
Series one of Melrose Place starts on Wednesday 3rd February and the eighteen, one hour episodes are an updated version of the 1990’s drama series, featuring a group of young adults living in West Hollywood.  Original cast members, including special guest star Heather Locklear, and new residents combine in this modern take on the classic and much-loved series.

The first series of Burn Notice starts on February 25th and the thirteen one hours follow the fortunes of covert operations agent Michael Weston (Jeffrey Donovan), who has been ‘burned’ – had his identity erased, his work history destroyed and his access to his old life taken away.  He has become nobody and has to find out who burned him and why.

Archer, which starts on Fiver on 25th February, is set at an international spy agency where global crises are merely opportunities for its highly-trained operatives to undermine and betray each other.  The ten-episode, half hour, animated series features the voices of Jon Benjamin as suave master spy Sterling Archer, Jessica Walter as his domineering boss and mother, Malory, and Aisha Tyler as his ex-girlfriend Agent Lana Kane.

Fiver has acquired a raft of new shows for its Autumn line-up, including the hit US shows Knight Rider, 10 Things I Hate About You and The City, it was announced today (Thurs).

Fiver continues to go from strength to strength in the ratings, and this July increased its reach to over 17.2 million viewers, which is an all time best for the channel.

Managing Director, Digital Channels and Acquisitions, Jeff Ford, said: “I am delighted that this Autumn we will have an exciting and fun line up of new and exclusive shows for our Fiver audience that truly reflects the change in attitude and energy of the channel.”

The iconic 1980s television classic, Knight Rider from NBC Universal International Television Distribution (18 x 45 mins), comes roaring back to life in this reinvented, updated, super-charged action series. It stars Justin Bruening, Val Kilmer as the voice of KITT, Sydney Tamiia Poitier (daughter of Oscar winning actor Sidney Poitier) and Bruce Davison. The new KITT design is better than ever, equipped with a supercomputer capable of hacking almost any system.

10 Things I Hate About You the original series from ABC Family (10 x 30 mins) will have its first run in the UK on Fiver. Inspired by the cult 1999 film starring Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles, the series focuses on the Stratford sisters Kat and Bianca (Meaghan Martin and Lindsey Shaw), who are two very different people and start their new high school with very contradictory goals.  Kat is strong-willed, a feminist and impatient to make a difference in the world while Bianca is a social butterfly who is more concerned with her looks and popularity.  Ethan Peck, grandson of acting legend Gregory Peck, plays Kat’s love interest Patrick.

MTV scripted reality series The City from MTV Networks International (1 x 90mins , 13 x 30 mins) has the perfect blend of drama and fashion with a true insight into working within a cutting edge fashion label in the heart of New York City. The City is a spin off from the hit reality show The Hills, and sees Whitney Port packing up and moving from the comfort of her hometown in Los Angeles to the bright lights of Manhattan. 

Bridezilla from DCD-owned September Films (23 x60) is a reality series that takes us inside the hectic wedding preparations of brides-to-be who are determined to have their perfect wedding – no matter what.  We witness the tantrums and fights they have with their friends, family and future husband in order to get their wedding just the way they want it.

Finally, The Sexy Ad show will return after a successful first season and will see comedian Spencer Brown bringing his own irreverent style to showcase some of the raciest and most politically incorrect adverts to have emerged from ad-land.

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