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Fox sets Banzai preview

Fox will give a summer sneak peek to its Japanese game-show spoof,
Banzai, starting July 13 at 8:30 p.m. after The Simpsons.

Fox has eight episodes of the show teed up to air, so it could stay on the network's
Sunday-night lineup for two months if it does well.

Although it's an oft-made claim, from upfront previews, the show looks like
unlike anything else on TV.

Various Japanese tricksters lead the audience through practical jokes,
strange stunts and unconventional races such as "The Man Dog Stick Question," in
which former Diff'rent Strokes star Todd Bridges races a dog in a pool to
get a stick.

The audience is invited to bet on the different scenarios at home, and they
might be wagering on how long "Mr. Shake Hands Man" can shake hands with
celebrities such as Frasier's Kelsey Grammer until he pulls away or how
long it will take a celebrity to walk away after "Lady One Question" asks her
question and then stands there and does absolutely nothing with the response.

Banzai, an import from Britain's Channel 4, is created and executive produced
by Tim Breadin and Gary Monaghan and produced by Radar Productions Ltd.

Contributing editor Paige Albiniak has been covering the business of television for nearly 25 years. She is a longtime contributor to Next TV, Broadcasting + Cable and Multichannel News. She concurrently serves as editorial director for entertainment marketing association Promax. She has written for such publications as TVNewsCheck, The New York Post, Variety, CBS Watch and more. Albiniak was B+C’s Los Angeles bureau chief from September 2002 to 2004, and an associate editor covering Congress and lobbying for the magazine in Washington, D.C., from January 1997-September 2002.