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UPN Set to Launch Chris Rock's New Series

(Posted September 5, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

The reaction so startled Dawn Ostroff that she thought someone was onstage behind her, playing a joke.

The UPN president had only said the name of Chris Rock's new series, "Everybody Hates Chris," and the audience of media executives there to preview her fall schedule was laughing. Then she showed highlights and walked off knowing UPN of all networks had the most hotly anticipated comedy of this month's new television season.

"The laughs were so loud and continual," she said. "I just couldn't believe how large the response was. It was a great feeling."

Everybody Hates Chris," which premieres 8 p.m. EDT Sept. 22, is based on Rock's childhood in Brooklyn with a penny-pinching dad and tough but loving mom. It's a family comedy, albeit one that refers to drive-by shootings and contains the n-word in its first episode.

It was chosen best upcoming show in Broadcasting & Cable magazine's poll of TV critics, an opinion echoed by many in the advertising community.

Source: Yahoo! News

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