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MCA TV AND BRANDON TARTIKOFF TEAM UP FOR 'LAST CALL,' NEW LATE-NIGHT STRIP

Host and Ensemble of Regulars Take on Headline Events in High-Energy
 Half-Hour Strip Series Set for Fall 1994 Debut
 LOS ANGELES, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- MCA TV and Brandon Tartikoff have joined forces to launch "Last Call," a new late-night, concept- driven strip series designed as an alternative to the single-host celebrity-driven talk shows currently scheduled in this time period, it was announced today by MCA-Universal Television Executive Vice President Ned Nalle and MCA TV President Shelly Schwab. Tartikoff, who was involved with many of the most successful series on television (including multiple award-winning "Cheers," "The Cosby Show," "Hill Street Blues," "The Tonight Show," "Late Night With David Letterman" and "Saturday Night Live") during his tenure with NBC, will executive produce the half-hour show, which is slated to premiere in fall 1994.
 "Last Call" will be an entertainment and information show tied to the day's events, with an emphasis on comedy. On stage, the high-energy conversation between the ensemble group members will be guided by a knowledgeable and witty host. The first-run series will be taped in front of a live audience. "Last Call" will be exclusively distributed in national syndication by MCA TV.
 "Topical humor is the legacy of the NBC late-night shows that I was privileged to have been associated with," commented Tartikoff. "I have always wanted to create a program like `Last Call' which builds on a unique informational/entertainment base, showcasing diverse personalities and performers, lending spice to whatever has transpired that day. With the eclectic backgrounds of our `Last Call' regulars, I'm hoping we can create a late night ensemble show that can achieve some of the excitement that ensemble dramas accomplished in primetime during my tenure at NBC."
 Tartikoff, currently an independent producer, was most recently chairman of Paramount Pictures. Prior to that, he was chairman of the NBC Entertainment Group. Under Tartikoff's leadership NBC became the leader in primetime ratings for six consecutive seasons, a position it maintained until he left in 1991.
 Tartikoff's selection for producer of "Last Call" is Edward R. Horwitz, who earned four of his five Emmy nominations as supervising producer on NBC's "Unsolved Mysteries." "Last Call" is a reunion of sorts for Tartikoff and Horwitz, as many of Horwitz's production credits were for NBC under Tartikoff.
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 /CONTACT: Jan Fisher or Kate Chester (LA), 213-965-1990, or Mitch Zamarin (NY), 212-986-7080, all of The Lippin Group; or Bobbi Fisher of MCA TV, 818-777-6561/


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