[09/09/04 - 12:00 AM]
USA Network Announces Fourth Season Pickup of the Hit Original Series 'The Dead Zone'

[via press release from USA]



Anthony Michael Hall Stars in the Highly Successful Series from Lions Gate Television and Paramount International Television, Based on Characters from the Stephen King Novel

NEW YORK, NY � September 9, 2004� "The Dead Zone," the hit series starring Anthony Michael Hall ("61*," "The Pirates of Silicon Valley," "Sixteen Candles"), has been picked up for a fourth season, as announced by Jeff Wachtel, executive vice president, series and longform programming, USA Network. Twenty-two new episodes have been ordered, bringing the total number of episodes to 67. The series is set to resume production this November.

"'The Dead Zone' continues to perform for USA Network, delivering higher ratings with every season. It is consistently one of the top-rated shows on basic cable and we're thrilled to continue to air it on our network," said Wachtel. "We have a great relationship with Lions Gate and our whole production team, and are excited to produce a new season of a great show with them."

"'The Dead Zone's' performance this season has been extremely gratifying and we couldn't be happier about getting the greenlight for season four," said Kevin Beggs, president of programming & production, Lions Gate Television. "It's been a very rewarding experience working with our friends at USA, Piller�, The Segan Company and Paramount, and we salute our wonderful cast headed by Anthony Michael Hall."

The recently concluded summer season of The Dead Zone averaged a 2.7 household rating with 3.5 million viewers tuning in weekly. The season's average was up +22% in households, +27% in P25-54 delivery and +23% in P18-49 delivery over summer season two's average.

Based on characters from the Stephen King novel, "The Dead Zone" is produced by Lions Gate Television and Paramount International Television in association with Piller� and The Segan Company. The series was created for television by acclaimed writer-executive producer Michael Piller ("Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," "Star Trek: Voyager") and his son, supervising producer Shawn Piller. Michael Piller and Lloyd Segan ("The Bachelor," "Boondock Saints," "Bones") executive produce.

The series centers on Anthony Michael Hall in the role of Johnny Smith, a man possessed of amazing psychic powers triggered by a near-fatal car accident. Over the past three seasons, Johnny has been on an extraordinary journey of self-discovery that will continue in season four as he embraces a new romance; confronts the potentially life-threatening deterioration of the "dead zone" in his brain; forges a deeper relationship with his young son; and recommits himself to saving the world from the widespread destruction he's foreseen in his visions of the future.

"The Dead Zone" also stars Nicole deBoer ("Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," "Rated X"), Chris Bruno ("All My Children," "Another World"), John L. Adams ("The Parenthood," "Pacific Blue") and David Ogden Stiers ("Curse of the Jade Scorpion," Lilo & Stitch) as members of Johnny's extended "family."

For additional series information, log on to www.thedeadzone.net.

Lions Gate Television
Lions Gate Television is the television production and distribution arm of Lions Gate Entertainment (NYSE and TSX: LGF). Lions Gate Entertainment is the premier independent producer and distributor of motion pictures, television programming, home entertainment, family entertainment and video-on-demand content. Its prestigious and prolific library of approximately 8000 titles is one of the largest in the entertainment industry. The Lions Gate brand name is synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.

Paramount International Television
Paramount International Television distributes a library of over 55,000 hours of programming, as well as all production from Paramount Television. In addition, Paramount International Television has produced nearly 120 hours of television programming consisting of mini-series, television films and one-hour dramatic series. Paramount Worldwide Television Distribution is part of the entertainment operations of Viacom Inc.

USA Network
USA Network is cable television's leading provider of original series and feature movies, sports events, off-net television shows, and blockbuster theatrical films. USA Network is seen in over 88 million U.S. homes. The USA Network Web site is located at www.usanetwork.com.

USA Network is a program service of NBC Universal Cable a division of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience.

  [september 2004]  


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