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New Season of South Bendís Lunkerville on NBC Sports Network

Award-Winning Fishing Program also adds Broadcast Partner Comcast Sports Network/Chicago.

New York, NY, January 10, 2015 --( The internationally syndicated television show South Bend’s Lunkerville is back for another broadcast season on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) and adds Comcast Sports Network/Chicago to its expanding list of broadcast partners, including World Fishing Network and PBS. South Bend’s Lunkerville will air Thursdays at 2pm EST on NBCSN and Tuesdays at 2:30pm CST on CSN/Chicago.

Lunkerville was first asked to join NBCSN as part of their inaugural outdoor programming lineup in January 2012. And the show with the curious name and award-winning storytelling continues to make the short list of fishing shows to air on the world’s largest sports network. Reaching more than 82 million television households weekly on cable and satellite systems throughout the United States, the addition of Comcast Sports Network/Chicago reels in another 4.2 million households to its viewing audience.

"Lunkerville is a really unique show that’s entertaining as well as informative. Its concept is anything but cookie-cutter and that makes it fun to watch for non-anglers as well as fishing enthusiasts because you never know what you’re going to see each week,” explains Jeff Macaluso, Senior Director, Programming for NBC Sports Group. “And you can’t get a more likable host than Mike D. He makes his guests feel like old friends and that makes viewers feel right at home no matter where the show takes them geographically."

“NBC Sports is the most recognizable name in sports television and we’re thrilled to be invited back for another broadcast season!” says Michael de Avila (aka, Mike D), Lunkerville’s creator, host and co-producer. “This year’s episodes are among the best ever: we mix up fish species and travel across the USA, up to Canada and down to Jamaica and feature a broad spectrum of everyday folks who love to fish. From river stripers caught with the help of a salty veteran angler, to largemouth bass with a teenage fishing cheerleader, to urban carp with a local doorman in the middle of NYC, this season has it all!”

About Lunkerville
When Indie film director Michael de Avila hooked his passion for story telling onto his love of bass fishing, he spawned an award-winning reality television show, Lunkerville. While other fishing shows rely on fast-paced pro-tournament competition, host “Mike D” casts his line at everyday, recreational fishermen, traveling to their secret spots and sharing their special techniques. In his signature laid-back manner, he reels in the camaraderie, the banter and the fish. Shot with his filmmaker's eye and touch, every episode is treated as a short documentary film. In 2009, Lunkerville earned a CINE Golden Eagle for documentary filmmaking; one of the most coveted awards in television. South Bend's Lunkerville is a production of Rockville Pictures Inc. For more information, visit

About NBC Sports Network

NBCSN, part of the NBC Sports Group, is dedicated to serving passionate sports fans. Now in more than 85 million homes, the Emmy Award-winning network is the cable television home of the Summer and Winter Olympics, National Hockey League (NHL) – including two games of the Stanley Cup Final -- Premier League, Formula One, IndyCar, Tour de France, the 34th America’s Cup, and beginning in 2015, NASCAR. In addition, NBCSN features college football, college basketball, college hockey, cycling, outdoor programming, horse racing surrounding the Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup, Ironman, the Dew Tour and USA Sevens Rugby. The network is also home to original programs such as Costas Tonight, NFL Turning Point, Pro Football Talk,The Dan Patrick Show, and NASCAR America. NBCSN is distributed via cable systems and satellite operators throughout the United States.

About Comcast Sports Network/Chicago

CSN Chicago is an American regional sports network that operates an affiliate of Comcast SportsNet and covers local sports teams in the Chicago area. With Comcast’s acquisition of NBCUniversal in 2011, Comcast SportsNet was also integrated into the new NBC Sports Group, culminating with the addition of the peacock logo and an updated graphics package to mirror that of it’s parent network. CSN Chicago reaches 4.2 million households in the Chicago area.
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