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Life is Worth Living, worth watching for over five decades

Classic Bishop Fulton J. Sheen series airs weekly on TBN

September 5, 2006 (Los Angeles) ­ What do the Emmy Awards, Milton Berle, and Bishop Fulton Sheen share? Incredible staying power. And with tradition as their trademark, these icons have been giving audiences something to celebrate for over 50 years.

Archbishop Fulton Sheen is best known for his appearances on the radio show, The Catholic Hour, as well as the popular television series, Life is Worth Living. The program first aired on the DuMont network in the 1950s, and can now be seen on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) every Tuesday, from 4:30 PM to 5:00 PM (PST) and Wednesdays, from 1:00 AM to 1:30 AM.

Life is Worth Living did not have an auspicious beginning. When it first aired in 1951, the show was not expected to offer much of a challenge in terms of ratings because its time slot ­ Tuesday evenings at 8:00 PM ­ pitched the program against TV giants such as Milton Berle and Frank Sinatra. But surprisingly, Life is Worth Living held its own, and proved the skeptics wrong. Even Milton Berle seemed impressed, ribbing Bishop Sheen on-air for his biblically-inspired programs: "Sheenie uses old material, too!"

In 1952, Bishop Sheen won an Emmy Award for Life is Worth Living, and in his acceptance speech he paid humble homage to the source of his inspiration: "I feel it is time I pay tribute to my four writers ­ Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John."

Life is Worth Living ran until 1957, drawing an estimated audience of 30 million people weekly who tuned in to hear Bishop Sheen discuss a myriad of timeless topics, from education, Christianity, relativity, and world affairs, to love, conscience, fear, motherhood, and making a living.

To experience for yourself the timeless wisdom of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, tune into Life is worth Living on TBN. For more information, go to http://www.tbn.org/index.php/2/4/p/231.html.

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TBN is the world¹s largest religious network and America¹s most watched faith channel. Each day TBN offers 24 hours of commercial-free inspirational programming that appeals to people from a wide variety of denominations. TBN now reaches every major continent via 54 satellites, and more than 12,000 television and cable affiliates worldwide. In the United States, TBN is available to 92 percent of the total households. Its website receives more than 27 million visitors monthly. In addition to TBN, the network owns and operates seven networks, including: The Church Channel, JCTV youth network, TBN Enlace USA Spanish network, and Smile of a Child TV children¹s network. For more information on TBN, visit www.tbn.org.

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