or


[12/03/04 - 12:00 AM]
Cable Premiere Roundup: January 2005, Part 1
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- With 2004 quickly drawing to a close several cable networks have outlined their January 2005 launches, including USA, Sci Fi, Bravo, Showtime, Hallmark, FX and HBO. Here's a breakdown of those recently released:

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (Sci Fi) - The series has been slated to debut on Friday, January 14 at 9:00/8:00c with a two-hour premiere. The show will then settle into its regular Friday, 10:00/9:00c slot on January 21.

CARNIVALE (HBO) - The long-awaited second season of the pay channel drama is set to premiere Sunday, January 9 at 9:00/8:00c.

CELEBRITY POKER SHOWDOWN (Bravo) - The cable channel has quietly renewed its popular poker series for a fifth edition with a new tournament set to begin Tuesday, January 25 at 8:00/7:00c. Brad Garret, Catherine O'Hara, Curt Schilling, Ray Romano and Sara Rue are each set to appear in the first game.

HUFF (Showtime) - Showtime's freshman entry will wrap its inaugural season on Sunday, January 30 at 10:00/9:00c. Look for season two of "The L Word" to take over the slot come February 20.

JANE DOE (Hallmark) - The cable channel's third telefilm franchise opens on Friday, January 21 at 9:00/8:00c with "Jane Doe: Vanishing Act." Here's how Hallmark's press info details the project: "By all appearances, suburban housewife Cathy Davis is your typical mother of two. But when a top secret government security agency calls on their top-agent-turned-mom back to duty, can Cathy manage to get dinner on the table and save the nation at the same time? Stars Lea Thompson, Joe Penny, and Bill Moses." Three other "Jane Doe" telefilms are set to debut sometime in 2005.

MCBRIDE (Hallmark) - The telefilm franchise makes its premiere on Friday, January 14 at 9:00/8:00c with "McBride: Murder Past Midnight." Here's how the network's press materials describe the project: "Ex-cop turned defense attorney, Jim McBride takes on a new and very beautiful client accused of murdering her husband. Stars John Larroquette, Marta Dubois, and Matt Lutz." Three other "McBride" telefilms are set to debut in 2005 including "McBride: The Chameleon Murder" and "McBride: The Doctor Is Out, Really Out."

MONK (USA) - The cable channel has confirmed season three of "Monk" will resume its run on Friday, January 21 at 10:00/9:00c. Those looking to get a "Monk" fix before then however can tune into the show's 24-hour marathon set to begin Saturday, January 1 at 6:00 a.m. eastern.

MYSTERY WOMAN (Hallmark) - The cable channel's "Mystery Woman" franchise returns with two new telefilms in January. Things kick off Friday, January 7 at 9:00/8:00c with "Mystery Woman: Mystery Weekend" followed by "Mystery Woman: Snapshot" on Friday, January 28 at 9:00/8:00c. Here's how Hallmark's press materials describe "Mystery Weekend": "Samantha and Philby are back on the call when an attempted murder takes place in the bookstore. Stars Kellie Martin, Clarence Williams III, and Nina Siemaszko." And here's the synopsis for "Snapshot": "Samantha's friend Barbara turns up murdered after accusing her family of rigging her brother's will. Stars Kellie Martin, Clarence Williams III, and Nina Siemaszko." Two other "Mystery Woman" telefilms are set to debut in 2005 including "Mystery Woman: Sing Me a Murder."

QUEER EYE FOR THE STRAIGHT GIRL (Bravo) - The cable channel will offer a "sneak preview" of the "Queer Eye" spin-off on Tuesday, January 11 at 11:00/10:00c. The series will then officially launch on Wednesday, January 12 at 10:00/9:00c. To make room for "Girl," current Wednesday, 10:00/9:00c time period holder "Project Runway" will slide back to the 9:00/8:00c hour starting January 5.

SMALLPOX (FX) - The cable channel's latest "disaster"-themed telefilm has been slated to air Sunday, January 2 at 8:00/7:00c.

STARGATE SG-1/STARGATE ATLANTIS (Sci Fi) - The network's "Stargate" franchise will return for the second half of its 2004-05 season on Friday, January 21 with each series moving up an hour. "SG-1" will air at 8:00/7:00c followed by "Atlantis" at 9:00/8:00c.

UNSCRIPTED (HBO) - George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh's latest effort for the pay channel is set to launch with back-to-back episodes on Sunday, January 9 at 10:00/9:00c. The heavily improved comedy revolves around a trio of struggling actors - Krista Allen ("Anger Management"), Bryan Greenberg ("The Perfect Score") and Jennifer Hall ("Confessions of a Dangerous Mind") - trying to make it big in Hollywood.

Look for information on other premieres in the coming weeks!





  [december 2004]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
   


· BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (SYFY)
· CARNIVALE (HBO)
· CELEBRITY POKER SHOWDOWN (BRAVO)
· HUFF (SHOWTIME)
· JANE DOE (HALLMARK)
· JANE DOE (HALLMARK)
· JANE DOE (HALLMARK)
· JANE DOE (HALLMARK)
· L WORD, THE (SHOWTIME)
· MCBRIDE (HALLMARK)
· MCBRIDE (HALLMARK)
· MCBRIDE (HALLMARK)
· MCBRIDE (HALLMARK)
· MONK (USA)
· MYSTERY WOMAN (HALLMARK)
· MYSTERY WOMAN (HALLMARK)
· MYSTERY WOMAN (HALLMARK)
· MYSTERY WOMAN (HALLMARK)
· MYSTERY WOMAN (HALLMARK)
· PROJECT RUNWAY (LIFETIME)
· QUEER EYE (BRAVO)
· QUEER EYE FOR THE STRAIGHT GIRL (BRAVO)
· SMALLPOX (FX)
· STARGATE ATLANTIS (SYFY)
· STARGATE: SG-1 (SYFY)
· UNSCRIPTED (HBO)











[09/30/14 - 02:53 PM]
"Monday Night Football" Helps ESPN Win the Night among All Networks
ESPN spins the numbers for Monday, September 29.

[09/30/14 - 02:18 PM]
"Parenthood" Delivered the Show's Highest 18-49 Rating in Live+3 Since October 3, 2013
NBC further spins the numbers for Thursday, September 25.

[09/30/14 - 02:04 PM]
Discovery Channel Moves Up the Cable Ranker and Into the Top Five for Adults and Men During 3Q14
Discovery spins the numbers for the quarter to date.

[09/30/14 - 01:22 PM]
Animal Planet Explores the Striking Similarities of People and Primates in the Natural History Special "The Real Apes of the Planet"
The new two-hour documentary premieres Tuesday, October 21 at 8:00/7:00c on the cable channel.

[09/30/14 - 01:02 PM]
Lifetime Announces Holiday Movie Slate for 2014
"An En Vogue Christmas," "Seasons of Love," "Wally Lamb's Wishin' and Hopin'" and "The Santa Con" will join the previously announced "Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever."

[09/30/14 - 01:01 PM]
Nickelodeon Is Top-Rated Total Day Network for 3Q and September 2014
Nickelodeon spins the numbers for the month and the quarter to date.

[09/30/14 - 12:59 PM]
Premiere of "Gotham" Leads FOX to Rank No. 2 for the Week Among Adults 18-34 and Fourth Among Adults 18-49
FOX spins the numbers for the week of September 22-28.

[09/30/14 - 12:55 PM]
FX Networks Stays in Relationships with "Married" and "You're the Worst"
"Married" is continuing on FX and "You're The Worst" is moving to its new home on FXX.

[09/30/14 - 12:20 PM]
TNT Extends Its Summer Victory by Ranking as Basic Cable's #1 Network in Primetime for Q3 2014 Among Total Viewers
Turner spins the numbers for the third quarter to date.

[09/30/14 - 12:14 PM]
Disney/ABC Television Group Announces the 13th Annual 2014 Talent Showcase, Presented by ABC Casting, Tuesday, October 7, in New York
The 14 featured actors were selected from nearly 7,000 candidates who submitted their resumes, and approximately 500 who auditioned for ABC casting executives in New York.

[09/30/14 - 12:13 PM]
Disney Channel Sweeps Total Day During 3Q 2014 in Total Viewers and Across All Major Youth Demos
Disney Channel spins the numbers for the quarter to date.

[09/30/14 - 12:09 PM]
Frances Berwick Named President of Newly Formed Lifestyle Network Group within NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment
Also, Adam Stotsky has been appointed General Manager of E! Entertainment, responsible for day-to-day operations of the network, in addition to his current role as President, Esquire Network.

[09/30/14 - 12:08 PM]
"The Great Halloween Fright Fight," A One-Hour Special to Haunt Households Before Halloween, Premieres October 28 on ABC
The new special will feature a number of families competing for the greatest haunted Halloween displays and a $50,000 prize.

[09/30/14 - 11:53 AM]
Comedy Central(R) Secures All-Star Cast for New Scripted Series "Another Period"
Lauren Ash, Michael Ian Black, Paget Brewster, Beth Dover, Brett Gelman, Brian Huskey, David Koechner, Jason Ritter, David Wain and Armen Weitzman will join series stars and creators Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome.

[09/30/14 - 11:23 AM]
The Kilcher Clan Returns to Discovery for Season Four of "Alaska: The Last Frontier"
This season, the Kilchers face unexpected and daunting challenges due to a historically warm winter.