Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX), the world's largest online movie rental service, today announced it has joined forces with the Independent Film Channel (IFC) and both Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau to produce a special 50th episode of "Dinner for Five," the critically acclaimed, Emmy nominated IFC series that gives viewers a seat at the table as personalities from the worlds of film, TV, music and comedy engage in an unpredictable and impromptu evening of food and banter.
The 50th episode of "Dinner for Five" pairs Mr. Vaughn and Mr. Favreau with co-stars Peter Billingsley, Justin Long and Keir O'Donnell for a dinner and conversation revolving around the upcoming theatrical release of the comedy film "Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days and 30 Nights – Hollywood to the Heartland". All five guests appear in the film, which opens in theaters nationwide on February 8th.
The 50th episode of "Dinner for Five" will have its TV premiere Friday, February 1st on IFC at 10:30 p.m. and will be available to Netflix subscribers as streaming video on Netflix.com beginning Monday, February 4th. It will also be available beginning tonight at IFC.com.
"The original 49 episodes of IFC's 'Dinner for Five' served up diverse personalities and points of view and made for entertaining and insightful TV," said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer for Netflix. "Creating this special 50th episode was a unique opportunity and partnering with IFC gives us the chance to make it accessible to a highly interested audience."
"A signature series for IFC, 'Dinner for Five' is a highly entertaining and innovative program that truly engaged and resonated with our audience," said Evan Shapiro, executive vice president and general manager of IFC. "As a network committed to original programming, we are pleased to be teaming up with Netflix on a 50th episode. With online and on-air broadcasts of this special sequel, we will provide viewers with on-demand access to all new, thoughtful and candid conversations from some of the biggest names in entertainment."
"It was nice to be a part of the 50th episode of 'Dinner for Five,'" said Mr. Vaughn. "It's a great place to discuss film and I'm thankful to Netflix and IFC for their support."
The guests in this special episode of "Dinner for Five" share personal experiences from the making of "Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show" as well as classic moments from signature films such as "Swingers," "Dodgeball," "Wedding Crashers" and "A Christmas Story."
The 50th episode of "Dinner for Five" was shot January 5, 2008 at Global Cuisine in Los Angeles and was executive produced by Messrs. Favreau, Billingsley, Sarandos and Shapiro, and Lisa Tauger, Debbie DeMontreaux and Christine Lubrano. The original "Dinner for Five" series was produced by Mr. Billingsley and Ms. Tauger, hosted by Mr. Favreau and inspired by the famed Algonquin Roundtable from the 1920s. The series aired on IFC from 2001 to 2005.