or


[05/07/03 - 12:00 AM]
Cable Upfront Presentations: E!
By Brian Ford Sullivan (TFC)

CHICAGO (thefutoncritic.com) - After wrapping a solid 2002, E! Entertainment TV has stumbled out of the gate in 2003. In year-to-year comparisons, the cable channel is off by a surprising 10% in total viewers and 12% in adults 18-49 for the first quarter of 2003. Such a decline has pressed E! to increase its programming budget to over $70 million this year with over a dozen new series planned to launch in the next four months.

Mark Sonnenberg, executive VP of programming for the network, gave a rundown of the cabler's plans at its annual upfront presentation to the advertising community last week. The projects join the channel's regular dose of "E! News Daily," "Howard Stern," "Rank" and "Revealed." Also getting picked up for new seasons: "Nearly Famous: Vegas Showgirls," "The Michael Essany Show," "Star Dates" and "E! True Hollywood Story," which will cut back from 70 to 50 episodes this year. And while not officially picked up, a third season of "The Anna Nicole Show" is expected to be ordered shortly.

NEW ORIGINAL SERIES AND SPECIALS

LOVE CHAIN (premiered May 6 at 9:30/8:30c) - A group of gossip experts, psychics and fortune tellers analyze the love lives of some of Hollywood's top celebrities.

FROM SOAP TO STARDOM (premieres Wednesday, May 14 at 10:00/9:00c) - E! latest profile series features celebrities such as Demi Moore, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Meg Ryan and Ray Liotta, all of whom got their starts in daytime.

CELEBRITIES UNCENSORED (premieres June 2003) - The "quiet moments" of celebrities will be profiled in this new one-hour series which will look at the daily routine of various actors and musicians.

IT'S GOOD TO BE (premieres June 2003) - Described as an updated version of the 1980s syndicated series "Lifestyle and the Rich and Famous," this new half-hour reality series goes inside the homes of celebrities as well as follows them on shopping sprees.

UNTITLED REALITY MAGAZINE PROJECT (backdoor pilot, June 2003) - This new special (which could be turned into a series) chronicles the grind of Hollywood journalists as they uncover showbiz stories for their magazine (believed to be US Weekly).

YOUR 15 MINUTES ARE UP (premieres June 2003) - This new reality series will follow former reality TV stars and see how fame changed their lives for the better or worse.

101 SHOCKING MOMENTS (premieres July 2003) - The most talked about moments in entertainment history will be counted down in this new one-hour series. Among those making the list: Roseanne's national anthem rendition and the death of Princess Diana.

FACING FAME (premieres July 2003) - This makeover series will turn ordinary people into spitting images of their favorite stars with the helf of some of Hollywood's top special-effects makeup artists.

INFAMOUS (premieres July 2003) - E! will have actors recreate infamous blunders by celebrities in this new series. Among those mentioned are "Anne Heche's mental breakdown" and "Eddie Murphy's transvestite/traffic arrests."

STAR STRUCK (premieres July 2003) - Regular joes will have the opportunity to literally become their favorite stars thanks to famed hypnotist Ricky Kalmon.

CATFIGHTS (premieres TBA) - The series tracks how some of Hollywood's biggest divas have butted heads over the years.

HOLLYWOOD WIVES (premieres TBA) - The wives of Hollywood's leading players are profiled in this new series as they tell what it's like to be married to the "you know whos" of the world.

HOMETOWN PREMIERE (premieres TBA) - This reality series documents rising stars as they travel home to share their newfound success with friends and family.

The new projects were given a greenlight to produce anywhere from six to 13 episodes (exact orders for each were not revealed) with the potential for more later in the year.





  [may 2003]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
    


· ANNA NICOLE SHOW, THE (E)
· MICHAEL ESSANY SHOW, THE (E)





[11/30/20 - 12:08 PM]
Video: Showtime(R) Sports Documentary Films Offers First Look at "Macho: The Hector Camacho Story"
Premiering this Friday, December 4, the documentary debuts eight years after Camacho's fatal shooting in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.

[11/30/20 - 11:01 AM]
Video: HBO Max Debuts Official Trailer for Max Original "My Gift: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood" Premiering Dec. 3
The special features many heartfelt moments and performances, including a duet with John Legend, singing "Hallelujah," an original song he co-wrote with Toby Gad, which appears on her "My Gift" album.

[11/30/20 - 09:15 AM]
Bravo's "The Real Housewives of Dallas" Returns for Season Five on Tuesday, January 5 at 9 PM ET/PT
New housewife and physician Tiffany Moon joins this season, wasting no time inserting herself into the drama with the ladies.

[11/30/20 - 09:07 AM]
"The Daily Show's" Roy Wood Jr. Set to Host "31 More Days of Being Home for the Holidays" December Programming Event on Comedy Central
The month-long programming block, now in its third year, provides viewers a "holiday from the holiday" with holiday themed episodes of iconic shows, weekend movie marathons and all-new comedy specials.

[11/30/20 - 09:01 AM]
An Elite Team of Researchers Return to the Field with All New Clues in Travel Channel's Hit Series "Expedition Bigfoot"
The "Expedition Bigfoot" team have reassembled to review their findings from last season and reevaluate the algorithm to respond to the uptick in Bigfoot sightings just this year, in the new one-hour special premiering on Sunday, January 3.

[11/30/20 - 09:00 AM]
ABC to Simulcast Two December ESPN "Monday Night Football" Games, Plus an NFL Wild Card Game in January
For ESPN's NFL Wild Card presentation, airing either January 9 or 10, ESPN will utilize its signature MegaCast production marking the concept's NFL postseason debut and delivering fans the most extensive multichannel NFL Playoff game offering to date.

[11/30/20 - 07:00 AM]
30 for 30 Documentary "The Infinite Race" to Premiere December 15 on ESPN and ESPN Deportes
The film has screened as part of many film festivals, including the DocLands Documentary Film Festival, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, the International Documentary Film Festival of Mexico City and San Francisco DocFest.

[11/29/20 - 11:26 AM]
It's Happy Who Year Once Again as "Doctor Who" Returns on New Year's Day with Dalek-Filled Special
The Thirteenth Doctor will kick-off 2021 with an action-packed episode entitled "Revolution of the Daleks," set to air on Friday, January 1 at 8:00/7:00c.

[11/27/20 - 08:46 PM]
NFL Pushes Ravens-Steelers to Tuesday; NBC Sends "The Voice," "Transplant" to Thursday
The matchup, original slated for Thanksgiving, is on the move for the second time.

[11/27/20 - 09:12 AM]
Video: "The Available Wife" - Official Trailer - Coming to UMC
In the film, due on December 17, Nicole Wright, a successful music CEO, realizes that her life is about to crumble in front of her.

[11/27/20 - 05:38 AM]
Video: Apple TV+ and Mariah Carey Unveil Official Trailer for "Mariah Carey's Magical Christmas Special," Offering a First Look at the Holiday Extravaganza, Set to Debut December 4
Combining musical performances, dynamic dancing and groundbreaking animation, the undisputed Queen of Christmas jumps into action to create a holiday spectacular to make the whole world merry.

[11/26/20 - 08:31 AM]
Video: "3 Caminos" - Official Trailer - Amazon Prime Video
The streaming service's latest original bows Friday, January 22.

[11/26/20 - 06:01 AM]
Video: "The Prom" - Official Trailer - Netflix
A group of down-on-their-luck Broadway stars shake up a small Indiana town as they rally behind a teen who just wants to attend prom with her girlfriend.

[11/25/20 - 12:13 PM]
"Married at First Sight" Heads Down the Aisle in Atlanta for Season 12 on January 13 with Three Hour Megasized Premiere
Season 12 is set to be the most romantic, diverse, and surprising season yet as ten brave-but-loveless singles meet their new spouse at the altar and enter a legally binding marriage at first sight.

[11/25/20 - 12:06 PM]
NFL Moves Ravens-Steelers Thanksgiving Primetime Game to Sunday, November 29
In its place, NBC will rebroadcast "The National Dog Show" alongside a repeat of "The Wall."