Bravo is jumping on a cult cable-programming trend with a new poker show.
Celebrity Poker Showdown will feature Hollywood stars like
CSI: Miami's Emily Procter, rapper-actor Coolio and The West Wing;'s Martin Sheen, Allison Janney, Bradley Whitford, John Spencer and Richard
Schiff playing "No Limit Texas Hold 'em" at the Palms Casino Resort in Las
Travel Channel gets big ratings for its World Poker Tour, and
ESPN's Tuesday-night poker coverage draws a good crowd.
Bravo's new six-part Celebrity Poker Showdown, slated to air Tuesday
nights this winter, will be hosted by Kevin Pollak and pro poker player Phil
Gordon will be the commentator.
The winners will donate their earnings to a charity of their choice.
Other celebrities lined up to play include actress-comedian Sarah Silverman,
actor-comedian Jack Black and actor Hank Azaria.
The series is produced by Picture This Television with The West Wing
star Joshua Malina serving as one of the executive producers.