ON Networks Takes Viewers to Charm School via New Internet TV Show Proper Ollie

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In our harried, time-crunched world, good manners and proper etiquette are often difficult to acquire or maintain. Indeed, social grace is usually the first thing out the window when the pressure's on and/or the uninitiated roam free. With this in mind, Internet TV show Proper Ollie (http://www.properollie.tv) makes its virtual debut via ON Networks. The new program celebrates and encourages all that good breeding, class and "Miss Manners" hold dear, including: tipping appropriately, holding doors open and composing the perfect "thank you" note.

mobiles have caused people to lose all sense of courtesy

    Proper Ollie is hosted by Oliver Mims, a pompous and witty master of manners who hails from England and can do more with a smug look and a raised eyebrow than the entire Emily Post library. Throughout each episode, Lancaster crosses the "fourth wall" to directly address viewers and offer much-needed pointers on all-things-refined. His manner is authoritative without being preachy, in a 007 "shaken, not stirred" kind of way.

"If you've ever been at a loss as to how to set your place at the table, how to behave when traveling abroad or what gift to bring to a Bar Mitzvah, then this is the show for you," says producer D.S. Moss. "Proper Ollie conveys valuable information that will give viewers confidence in social situations. The show does so in a manner that is clear, concise, engaging and visually stimulating."

The show's pilot episode addresses cell phone etiquette, which Oliver suggests Americans are sorely in need of. Cautioning that "mobiles have caused people to lose all sense of courtesy," he demonstrates why viewers should not use their cell phones behind the wheel, in others' company or while in public. He also highlights cell phone dependency and discourages viewers from overdoing it with wireless accessories.

Future episodes will highlight etiquette surrounding golf, driving, travel and the holidays before turning to the humorous, with episodes on crawfish boil protocol and NASCAR do's and don'ts.

Proper Ollie is part of ON Networks' collection of smart, short-form entertainment that can be watched anytime, anywhere and on any device. ON Networks is one of the largest providers of original, high-definition content that is compatible with all Apple platforms, including the iPhone, iPod and Apple TV.

Viewers who like to watch TV on the Internet can screen episodes by visiting http://www.properollie.tv. There, they can also subscribe to receive notices about new Proper Ollie episodes and get other program information. Other shows available at http://www.onnetworks.com are: Austin Connoisseur, Backpack Picnic, Bif! Bam! Pow! Wow!, Budget Health Nut, Cocktails on the Fly, Comedy Insider, Dinner with the Band, Feng Shui Your Way, Food Science, Golf Tips, I Am Blackness, Local Wisdom, Lust for Looks, ON Dating, Play Value, Searchin' USA, Sheltered, Stump the Chef, The 5-Minute Drill, Try This At Home and Zen Living.

To share an episode of any ON program, simply visit http://www.onnetworks.com and select the desired show and episode. Next, click on the mail icon or the "greater than/less than" icon in the player control bar. There, you can e-mail the episode or view the embedded HTML player code, which can be copied and then pasted onto any blog or web page.

About ON Networks, Inc.

ON Networks is changing the way traditional TV programs are created, distributed, consumed and monetized. It's a new media company delivering original, high-definition shows on-demand across multiple digital platforms, including the Internet, digital cable, IPTV and various mobile and gaming devices. Offering lifestyle programs for a variety of pastimes and pursuits, ON's short-form, weekly shows satisfy the growing demand for relevant, smart and entertaining programming that is available when, where and how viewers want to watch it. Join the growing community of show viewers and creators at http://www.onnetworks.com.

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