Tech Alum to Host Live Football Show on TBS
September 13, 2002

Virginia Tech alum and former Tech athletic department employee Matt Arden (right), along with Cheri Christian, will host "The Movie Bowl" on TBS.
TBS Superstation, basic cable's No. 1 network among key adult demos, is breaking new ground in franchise production with the launch of its newest live hosted franchise "The Movie Bowl." The show premieres Saturday, Sept. 14, following the network's NCAA College Football coverage of UNLV at Oregon State, which airs at 7 p.m.

While that's nothing of great magnitude to the common Tech fan, the next part is. Hosting "The Movie Bowl" will be Matt Arden and Cheri Christian, who will invite their friends to the "Big Game House" every Saturday night for 11 weeks.

Arden, Christian and their co-ed friends will offer viewers movie trivia, college football highlights, party tips, games and unpredictable competition among our hosts and their friends. They will also feature special guest appearances, ranging from athletes to movie stars.

While fans may not recognize the name Matt Arden, those in the Virginia Tech Athletics Department do. Arden is a 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech who earned his degree in interdisciplinary studies. Upon graduation, Arden began work in the athletics department as a videographer and producer for hokiesports.com. He worked for the department from September of 1999 through 2000.

"It's the first time TBS will be attempting a live franchise," Arden said. "Not only do we have the excitement of college, but we also have the anything-can-happen idea going for the show, especially when the object is to throw a huge, live party.

"While the show will feature teams from the Big 12 and Pac 10, being a true Hokie, I'll always find a way to sneak them into the conversation! I'm thankful for what I learned at Virginia Tech, along with the people I met and worked with because all of those experiences led me to where I am today."

Arden left the department in 2000 to take a job as a associate producer for CNNSI.com. In June of 2001, Arden transferred to TBS on-air promotions to become a production assistant for sports and recently was hired to host the new show. He will continue his job of producing promos for the Atlanta Braves and college football games.

"The movie franchise will closely resemble the Superstation's successful 'Dinner & a Movie', which gives step by step recipes inspired by the movie being shown," said Bill Cox, senior vice president of programming for the Superstation. "Instead of food, however, there's football, as the hosts chat LIVE about guy flicks and pigskin facts."

"The Movie Bowl", part of TBS Superstation's' "Big Play Saturday", includes Saturday evening college football games from the Pac 10 and Big 12 conferences, which placed six of the top 10 teams in the 2001 final AP rankings. Ernie Johnson Jr. will host the football portion of "Big Play Saturday", providing cutaways and highlights from other games throughout the telecast. Play-by-play announcer Ron Thulin will call the game action for the network along with analyst Charles Davis and sideline reporter Craig Sager. Following the game's conclusion, Johnson will hand off to Arden and Christian for "The Movie Bowl", with featured movies like "Lethal Weapon 4", "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery" and "Dumb and Dumber."

"The Movie Bowl" joins several successful TBS Superstation movie showcases with hosted segments. The Superstation's other hosted movie franchises include "The Man Made Movie" and "Dinner & a Movie", with several more set to premiere in the next year.