or


[07/09/08 - 06:41 AM]
Bio Channel Aggresively Expanding Original Programming Slate
New series include "Shatner's Raw Nerve," "The Chris Isaak Hour," "Female Forces" and "Why I Ran."

[via press release from Bio]

BIO CHANNEL AGGRESIVELY EXPANDING ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING SLATE

NETWORK IN PRODUCTION ON FOUR NEW SERIES, RETURNING ONE WHILE EXPERIENCING MONUMENTAL GROWTH

Los Angeles, CA, July 9, 2008 � Bio Channel is aggressively expanding its original programming slate this year by adding four new original series in primetime and returning two, it was announced today by Bob DeBitetto, President and General Manager of A&E Network and Bio Channel.

This significant investment in original programming will nearly double original content in prime compared to Summer 2007 when Bio Channel refreshed its brand. As always Bio Channel will focus on true stories about fascinating people, proving that the truth is always more entertaining than fiction.

"Bio is all about telling true stories about fascinating people and as the fastest growing network in cable it has turned into quite a story itself" said DeBitetto. "This aggressive programming slate will maintain the level of quality our viewers have come to expect from the network. We will continue to focus first and foremost on alluring people and their true stories in a fresh, honest and entertaining voice �stories you just cannot make up."

Bio Channel posted double-digit increases year-to-date vs. 2007. It's prime average is up by 50% in household rating, up by 25% in total viewers and up by 46% in the target demo of Adults 25-54. In addition, year-to-year Bio Channel's median age has fallen by 5 years.

With a concentrated commitment to high definition content, all new Bio Channel productions will be shot in HD. The upcoming slate draws on the network's current schedule and includes the following new original series in development:

Shatner's Raw Nerve - From Twilight Zone to Star Trek to TJ Hooker to Boston Legal, Emmy-Award winner William Shatner is one of America's most beloved and versatile stars. Shatner's Raw Nerve will be his own edgy and off-beat celebrity interview series, showcasing his unique sensibility, from the satirical to the sublime to the serious � but here's the hook - in each episode Shatner will attempt to probe his guest's most sensitive subjects and touch upon a Raw Nerve by explore life's most intriguing questions and unearth his guests' strange and unknown stories that are most surprising, revealing, funny, touching or bizarre. A unique feature of the show will be its unpredictability, allowing Shatner to work his particular magic on each guest in a unique way.

Shatner's Raw Nerve is produced by Scott Sternberg Productions with Scott Sternberg as executive producer. Executive producers for Bio Channel are Robert Sharenow and Michael Morrison.

The Chris Isaak Hour - It's Biography meets Storytellers. This live performance and interview show will explore the lives of mainstream musical artists by allowing them to tell their life stories through the music they've created, the songs and artists that inspired them and the relationships they forged along their path to success. Hosted by music star, Chris Issak, each episode will bring guest's stories to life as viewers discover the experiences and influences which helped mold them into the person and performer they are today. Chris delivers major music credibility to the show. His intelligent, thoughtful and sometimes irreverent conversation style interviews will put his guests at ease. Inter-cut throughout the interview segments will be exclusive live performances of featured guests shot at an intimate venue.

The Chris Isaak Hour is produced by Scott Sternberg Productions with Scott Sternberg as executive producer. Executive producers for Bio Channel are Robert Sharenow and Tom Moody.

Female Forces - Brains, beauty, and a badge... In each episode of Female Forces, viewers will ride shotgun with a police department's female officers and get an in-the-squad car view of what it's like to be a female crime fighter. Female Forces has secured exclusive access to the Naperville Police Department � a suburb of Chicago. Naperville's 18 female police officers fight a full gamut of "big city" crime: Shootings, fights, public drunkenness, etc.

Female Forces is produced for Bio by The Greif Company. Gene Simmons, Leslie Greif, Adam Reed, and Adam Freedman are the series executive producers. Executive Producers for Bio Channel are Stephen Harris, Neil A. Cohen and Robert Sharenow.

Why I Ran - Across the country, real-life high-speed police chases rivet viewers to the TV screen. We've heard the eyewitness accounts, seen the police point of view, but no one has ever been able to go inside the mind of the driver...until now. For the first time on television, we will hear from the actual people who have led the police on some of the most dangerous high-speed pursuits ever. Up-close and personal, viewers will be along for the entire ride with gritty, unfiltered stories... all of them true.

Why I Ran is produced for Bio Channel by Intuitive Entertainment. Kevin Dill is the series executive producer. Executive producers for Bio Channel are Elaine Frontain Bryant and Robert Sharenow.

RETURNING SERIES:

I Survived... - What would you do if you were confronted with death? What gives someone the strength to survive? In a stripped-down, simple-yet-cinematic interview style, the second season of I Survived allows survivors to explain, in their own words, how they overcame unbelievable circumstances -- offering insight into what got them through the experience that changed their lives forever. I Survived... is storytelling at its most dramatic, most basic and most honest. From victims of a small plane crash in a remote area, to a man who took a wrong turn on a mountain road, to a woman who was shot 3 times and left for dead in a field � each survivor tells the inspiring story of what kept each of them alive.

I Survived... is produced by NHNZ for Bio Channel. Executive producer is CarolAnne Dolan. Executive producers for Bio Channel are Colleen Conway, Laura Fleury and Robert Sharenow.

Biography � a new season of the Emmy award-winning show that launched the network, Biography, features in-depth profiles of the exceptional people whose lives and times stir our imagination. Biography thrives on rich details, fascinating portraits and historical accuracy, seasoned with insider insights and observations. New episodes and specials will include Tyler Perry, Eddie Murphy, Mel Gibson and much more.

About Bio Channel

At Bio, we prove that the truth about people is always more entertaining than fiction. Bio is about real people and their real lives: up close and personal, gritty and provocative, always unfiltered. Bio original series uncover the real drama in people stories: everyday situations with a twist; celebrities going off-script; people-centric crime stories and paranormal events. In addition to being the exclusive home to the Emmy-Award winning Biography� series, the dynamic blend of original and acquired series on Bio includes Final 24, Psychic Investigators and the upcoming William Shatner hosted talk show, Shatner's Raw Nerve. The 24-hour network is now available in more than 47 million households. The Bio web site is located at www.bio.tv.





  [august 2014]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
     


· CHRIS ISAAK HOUR, THE (BIO)
· FEMALE FORCES (BIO)
· I SURVIVED… (BIO)
· SHATNER'S RAW NERVE (BIO)
· WHY I RAN (BIO)











[08/22/14 - 02:58 PM]
"The Simpsons" Soars on FXX - Day 1 of 12-Day Marathon Delivers Record-Breaking Numbers for Nascent Channel
FXX spins the numbers for Thursday, August 21.

[08/22/14 - 01:53 PM]
2015 NASCAR Schedule to Be Announced Tuesday at 5 P.M. ET on Special Edition of "NASCAR America" on NBCSN
Host Rick Allen will be joined by NBC Sports Group NASCAR analysts Jeff Burton, Kyle Petty and Frank Stoddard to present the schedule and discuss the selected dates, tracks, and overall 2015 NASCAR calendar.

[08/22/14 - 12:38 PM]
Oscar-Winner Stephen Gaghan to Direct "White City" Pilot for AMC
The project is an adventure story set in the somewhat surreal ex-pat world of near-present Afghanistan, one of the most discussed and least understood places on earth.

[08/22/14 - 11:43 AM]
"Red Band Society" Fans Banded Together to Help FOX Raise $100,000 for Charity Partners and Unlock the Debut Episode
The "Pilot" episode is available now until Tuesday, August 26 at 5:00 PM ET on multiple platforms.

[08/22/14 - 11:30 AM]
A Special "Lost"-Themed Episode of "Phineas and Ferb" to Premiere Monday, September 29 on Disney XD
The episode, titled "Lost in Danville," also guest stars Jane Kaczmarek and Rob Morrow.

[08/22/14 - 11:26 AM]
"Iyanla: Fix My Life Special Report: Healing in Ferguson" to Air Tuesday, August 26 at 9 PM ET/PT on OWN
The special episode of the award-winning series follows ordained minister and spiritual life coach Iyanla Vanzant on an emotional trip to Ferguson, Missouri.

[08/22/14 - 08:59 AM]
Talent Announced for 2014 PaleyFest Fall TV Previews September 6 - 15 at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills
The annual celebration features multiple screenings at the Center's L.A. and N.Y. locations, with L.A. hosting interactive panel conversations at each event.

[08/22/14 - 08:45 AM]
"Welcome to Sweden" Equals Its Top 18-49 Rating Since July 24
NBC spins the numbers for Thursday, August 21.

[08/22/14 - 08:39 AM]
Discovery Channel Explores the World of Automotive Auctions in All New Series "Highway to Sell"
Across America, neglected classic cars are waiting to be restored and make their way back onto the street.

[08/22/14 - 08:36 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Rides "Big Brother" to Top Spots
The Eye is the night's most-watched network among total viewers and adults 18-49.

[08/22/14 - 08:19 AM]
ABC's "Rookie Blue" Season Closer Is Up 22% to Tie a Season High and Tops Its Year-Ago Finale
ABC spins the numbers for Thursday, August 21.

[08/22/14 - 07:32 AM]
BBC America and BBC One Announce New Drama Series "The Living and the Dead"
"We are as excited about this show as anything since 'Life on Mars' and 'Ashes to Ashes' - we want it to be moving, tender, sensual... and very, very scary," said Ashley Pharoah and Matthew Graham.

[08/22/14 - 07:15 AM]
Teams Compete to Drive Away with the Grand Prize on New Food Network Series "Food Truck Face Off"
Jesse Palmer hosts the 13-episode series, premiering Thursday, October 2 at 8:00/7:00c.

[08/21/14 - 06:00 PM]
GSN's Third Episode of Body-Painting Competition Show, "Skin Wars," Delivers Series-High Ratings
GSN spins the numbers for Wednesday, August 20.

[08/21/14 - 04:28 PM]
Lifetime's Upcoming Premieres - "The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story", "Girlfriend Intervention", "Kim of Queens", and "Dance Moms: Abby's Studio Rescue"
The latter returns on Tuesday, September 16 at 8:00/7:00c on the cable channel.