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New Latenight Talk Entry Dares to be Different

THE ORLANDO JONES SHOW debuted June 16, 2003 at 11:00 pm on the FX cable network, featuring the popular former 7-Up TV spokesman and writer for MAD-TV, promising to offer an alternative to late night talk shows. This alternative show's slogan is "No white guy, no desk, no band." It does feature sketches, fake commercials and animated shorts in sort of a one-man MAD-TV or SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE meets DENNIS MILLER LIVE. Half-hour episodes will air Monday through Thursday with a rerun on Fridays.

Produced by Fox Nitetime Prods., in association with Twentieth Television, Jones plays guests' promotional clips as they come out to be interviewed on his show, and does not break up their conversations with the obligatory pitches. Jones required a set, designed by Architropolis (, featuring a sofa with an inviting nightclub atmosphere. Instead of a band, R&B producer Dallas Austin adds music to the show exec produced by Eddie Feldmann (DENNIS MILLER LIVE) and Erwin Stoff (THE MATRIX, AUSTIN POWERS: THE SPY WHO SHAGGED ME).

FOX execs are said to be watching ORLANDO, created with the potential of moving over to the network after building a following on cable. Cable is luring the key 18-49 demographic, and is especially good at attracting the relatively young core audience during latenight, reported VARIETY. Cable also usually gives a show more time to grow.

FX is the flagship general entertainment basic cable network from FOX. Launched in June 1994, FX is carried in more than 79 million homes (