IFC Orders Second Course of “Dinner For Five” Original Series Hosted By Jon Favreau

Season Premiere Features Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Colin Farrell and Kevin Smith

New Season Begins Monday, January 20 at 8:00PM (ET/PT)

The Independent Film Channel (IFC) has picked up its critically acclaimed original series DINNER FOR FIVE for a second season. The series created and hosted by Jon Favreau (Swingers and Made) is in production on 13 episodes to kick off Monday, January 20 at 8:00PM(ET/PT).

Each episode features Favreau and four guests sharing an evening of food and banter. Continuing the standard set in the first season, the program seats screen legends next to a variety of personalities from film, television, music and comedy, resulting in an unpredictable free-for-all. The season opener will feature Favreau’s Daredevil co-stars Ben Affleck, (The Sum of All Fears), Jennifer Garner (ABC’s Alias), Colin Farrell (Minority Report) and director Kevin Smith (Clerks).

Airing Monday evenings at 8:00PM (ET/PT), the schedule and guest list is as follows:

  • January 20: Ben Affleck, (The Sum of All Fears), Jennifer Garner (ABC’s Alias), Colin Farrell (Minority Report) and director Kevin Smith (Clerks);

  • January 27: Dom Deluise (Blazing Saddles), Richard Lewis (HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm), Peter Falk (A Woman Under the Influence) and director John Herzfeld (15 Minutes);

  • February 3: Director Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show), Penelope Ann Miller (Carlito’s Way), Liev Schreiber (Walking and Talking) and Larry Miller (The Nutty Professor);

  • February 10: Carrie Fisher (Star Wars), Blair Underwood (Full Frontal), former SAG president Ed Asner (TV’s Mary Tyler Moore Show) and Ed Begley, Jr. (A Mighty Wind);

  • February 17: Janeane Garofalo (Manhood), Joe Pantoliano (Daredevil), A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius author Dave Eggers and Talking Heads musician David Byrne;

  • February 24: Saturday Night Live alum Will Ferrell (Zoolander), Eddie Izzard (All the Queen’s Men), Illeana Douglas (The New Guy) and director Louis CK (Pootie Tang);

  • September 8: Vince Vaughn (Old School), Cole Hauser (2 Fast 2 Furious), the original “Hannibal” Brian Cox (X2) and Rory Cochrane (C.S.I.: Miami);

  • September 15: Director and cast of IFC Films‘ upcoming release Casa De Los Babys, which includes director John Sayles (Lone Star), Maggie Gyllenhaal (Secretary), Lili Taylor (Six Feet Under) and Vanessa Martinez (Limbo).

  • September 22: Fran Drescher (The Nanny), director John Landis (Blues Brothers), Leland Orser (Saving Private Ryan) and comedian David Allen Grier (Life with Bonnie);

  • September 29: A girls’ night out with Cathy Moriarty (Raging Bull), Beverly D’Angelo (Vacation), Rosie Perez (Do the Right Thing) and Catherine Kellner (Pearl Harbor);

  • October 6: Featuring the cast from Jon’s upcoming film Elf, James Caan (The Godfather), Will Ferrell (Old School), Mary Steenburgen (I Am Sam) and Zooey Deschanel (Manic);

  • October 13: Featuring the cast of IFC Productions‘ upcoming release Pieces of April, Sean Hayes (Will and Grace), Katie Holmes (Wonder Boys), Patricia Clarkson (Far From Heaven) and Oliver Platt (Don’t Say A Word);

  • October 20: Famke Janssen (X2), Peter Berg (Cop Land), Paul Rudd (The Shape of Things) and Freaks and Geeks creator/director Judd Apatow.

The show format is a spontaneous, open forum for people in the entertainment community to let their hair down, chat about life on and off the set and swap stories about projects past and present. The idea, originally conceived by Favreau, was loosely based on the famed Algonquin Roundtable and intended to create a new kind of talk show.

DINNER FOR FIVE is a great model for IFC‘s mission to create bold, innovative original programming and an impetus for the development to new projects,” adds Alison Palmer Bourke, Executive Producer for IFC Originals.

Previous episodes have included Peter Falk (Columbo), Gary Shandling (The Larry Sanders Show), Vince Vaughn (Swingers), Cheri Oteri (Saturday Night Live), Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park), Illeana Douglas (Ghost World), Christian Slater (Very Bad Things), Fred Willard (Best In Show), Rod Steiger (Academy Award-winner for In the Heat of the Night), Kevin Pollak (The Usual Suspects), Sarah Silverman (Fox’s Greg The Bunny), Ron Livingston (HBO’s Band of Brothers), Daryl Hannah (Dancing at the Blue Iguana), Andy Dick (Zoolander), rocker Marilyn Manson, Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings), Bonnie Hunt (Jerry Maguire), Ray Romano (CBS’ Everybody Loves Raymond), Kevin James (CBS’ King of Queens), Michael Rapaport (Bamboozled), Saffron Burrows (Timecode), Faizon Love (Friday), musician Dwight Yoakam (Panic Room), Adam Goldberg (A Beautiful Mind), Seth Green (Austin Powers), Jennifer Beals (The Anniversary Party), Denis Leary (The Ref), Martha Plimpton (Beautiful Girls), Bond Girl Famke Janssen (X-Men), comedian David Cross (HBO’s Mr. Show), Juliette Lewis (Cape Fear), John Leguizamo (Moulin Rouge! ), Sean Combs (Monster’s Ball) and Vincent Pastore (HBO’s The Sopranos).

The Independent Film Channel (IFC) is the first and most widely distributed channel dedicated to independent film 24 hours a day, uncut and commercial free. IFC continues to expand its programming lineup with original series and independent genre-focused specials. The network’s recent, critically acclaimed series and specials include Dinner For Five, A Decade Under The Influence, BaadAsssss Cinema, The American Nightmare, and Indie Sex: Taboos.

IFC Television is a part of IFC Companies, which has created a unique end-to-end business model and brand that focuses on developing and nurturing talent, and maximizing the value of independent film. With a television network, a film distribution and production unit, and a VOD service, IFC Companies represents the future of independent film. IFC Companies uses its unique position to broaden the independent film audience nationwide and to expand the opportunities for independent filmmakers. IFC Companies is a division of Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc.

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