Court TV(R) Announces New Primetime Programming Slate: Real Life, High Stakes Series Feature Documentary Films and Compelling Specials
Network Debuts Ten New Series, Four New Documentary Feature Films, and Six
Programs in Development
NEW YORK, March 28 -- Female bounty hunters, best-selling
authors, award-winning documentary filmmakers, paranormal investigators,
Academy Award winners and forensic psychiatrists join forces to create a
riveting, new, full-of-surprises season on Court TV(R). Packed with
spellbinding stories told in new and unexpected ways, the network's diverse
primetime slate incorporates investigative drama, reality, true-life
characters and adrenaline-pumping, unscripted storylines, all building on
Court TV's highly successful core brand.
NEW INVESTIGATIVE SERIES
Wednesday, June 14 at 10:30 PM
Following the success of the original series, Psychic Detectives(R), Court
TV takes the paranormal/crime-solving phenomenon one step further when psychic
profiler Carla Baron, clairvoyant John J. Oliver, and paranormal investigator
Patrick Burns visit "haunted" crime scenes and attempt to provide new insight
into cold cases.
Missing Persons Unit(SM)
In the compelling new investigative series Missing Persons Unit, Court TV
re-examines the most baffling missing person cases from across the country.
Each 30-minute episode chronicles a race against the clock, as an
investigative team reconstructs the last two days of the missing person's life
to learn who they are, and where they might be found.
On the Run(SM)
This original series features stories of international manhunts conducted
by U.S. Marshals, FBI, CIA and state police searching for America's most
brilliant fugitives who are on the run and living the high life on their
Friday, March 31 at 10:30 PM
Turns the spotlight on the Los Angeles Scientific Investigation Division
(SID) where top-notch forensic scientists use science and technology to solve
crimes in the City of Angels.
America's Crime Writers: Murder They Wrote(SM)
Court TV has recruited the masters of the American crime novel to present
absorbing new takes on twisted tales and incredible true-life mysteries. In
each hour-long episode, Court TV teams with one of the nation's best novelists
to delve into a case that has fascinated or touched them in some way. Through
documentary footage, first-person accounts and the author's own insights, each
episode sheds new light on a particularly intriguing crime. Season one
includes authors James Ellroy, Faye Kellerman, Jonathan Kellerman, Michael
Connelly and Lisa Scottoline.
NEW ACTION SERIES
RED Real. Exciting. Dramatic.
Wednesday, April 12
This new original series from John Langley, the creator and producer of
Cops, illustrates how the camera has become law enforcement's most powerful
tool in the fight against crime. Each episode reveals how difficult it is for
criminals to make a clean getaway in a world where someone is always watching.
An up-close, inside look at the high-stakes world of special weapons and
tactics teams across the United States. From strategy and planning to
heart-pounding deployment, this half-hour series is a truly unique and
exciting look at the best in law enforcement.
Beach Patrol: Miami Beach(SM)
Coming off the huge success of Beach Patrol: San Diego, Court TV explores
a new coast in Beach Patrol: Miami Beach, a fast-paced, hard-driving series,
following the lifeguards of the Miami Beach Ocean Rescue team. From the sandy
water's edge to South Beach's Ocean Boulevard, Miami Beach is home to the hip,
beautiful, exotic and the outlandish.
From the inner workings of the Special Response Teams who take on law
enforcement's most dangerous assignments, to the elite guards who protect the
nation's diplomats, this action-packed half-hour show goes behind the scenes
of the most fascinating areas of criminal justice and investigation.
NEW SCRIPTED SERIES
'Til Death Do Us Part(SM)
Recalling the great anthology series such as Alfred Hitchcock Presents,
'Til Death Do Us Part features fabled underground film director John Waters
starring as "The Groom Reaper(SM)." Each episode of the network's first
original scripted series dramatizes the events of a true crime, opening at the
wedding of a happy couple, with the time-traveling Groom Reaper as an
unexpected guest, foretelling the worst. Through tantalizing scenes from the
marriage, the Groom Reaper reveals the story of the ill-fated relationship,
leaving viewers guessing as to who will be the victim ... and who will be the
IN PURSUIT OF JUSTICE SERIES
Stories of The Innocence Project(SM)
Court TV's acclaimed specials are now a series of half-hour shows, each
one an inspirational story of redemption from the case files of Barry Scheck
and Peter Neufeld's Innocence Project. A pro-bono legal assistance
organization headquartered at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New
York City, The Innocence Project has provided direct representation or
critical assistance in numerous cases involving post-conviction DNA evidence,
resulting in the exoneration of more than 110 wrongly imprisoned men and
The Wrong Man(SM)
When questions remain even after a conviction, Court TV sends former NYPD
detectives Jerry Palace and Reggie Brit to re-open the case files and
investigate -- often finding new evidence or witnesses that prove that law
enforcement has arrested the Wrong Man.
Al Roker Investigates
Al Roker takes an in-depth look at some of America's most important social
issues, from meth production and abuse and internet predators to bullying and
And Justice For All (wt)
In 2004, Court TV brought the landmark play The Exonerated(R) to
television with a cast that included Susan Sarandon, Aidan Quinn, Brian
Dennehey and Danny Glover. Directed by Bob Balaban, the film took an
unflinching look at the death penalty through the eyes of the wrongfully
convicted. Now, writers Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen reunite with Balaban to
present the heart-wrenching true stories of five hate crime victims. From
social humiliation to a near-fatal beating, these harrowing tales, combined
with the revelations of a former neo-Nazi, provide a compelling exploration of
intolerance in modern America.
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILMS
Unknown White Male
Monday, June 12, 2006
This riveting documentary follows the struggle of Doug Bruce, a young man
who one day suddenly forgets everything. Awaking in a New York subway car one
morning, he finds he recognizes nothing -- his clothes seem strange, he cannot
get his bearings, remember his name, his friends or his occupation. A
telephone number on a scrap of paper is the only thing that offers the Unknown
White Male a clue to his identity. After hearing of his bizarre amnesia,
childhood friend Rupert Murray filmed Bruce's journey to piece back 37 years
worth of memories, including an emotional trip to Europe to be re-introduced
to family and friends.
SPAM: The Documentary
We all know it ... it clogs our computers and may ultimately slow and
damage the Internet. But where does spam come from? Who are the criminal
minds behind it? In an insightful and often humorous investigation, Court TV
looks into the global culture of spam, arguably one of the 20th century's most
annoying and harmful innovations.
The Man Who Would Be Polka King
Jan Lewan was the Elvis of polka music, selling out months of performances
in Atlantic City. But he was also a criminal mastermind. This documentary is
an irreverent portrait of one man whose professional career was destroyed
because he began to believe he was bigger than the music.
The Human Behavior Experiments(SM)
Thursday, June 1 at 10 PM ET/PT
Sundance Channel and Court TV(R) have re-united to co-produce a film by
Oscar(R) nominated director Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the
Room). The hour-long documentary explores persistent questions about why
human beings commit unethical acts under certain social conditions. This
marks the second venture between Sundance Channel and Court TV, following
their first co-production, "The First Amendment Project," in 2004. Gibney
produced the special, which revisits three well-known psychological
experiments from the 1960s and '70s within the context of contemporary events,
such as the Abu Ghraib prison scandal and a tragic fraternity hazing. This
exploration may help to shed light on the way certain social conditions
encourage the worst of human behavior and address why, despite knowledge of
the past, humankind seems condemned to repeat it.
PROGRAMS IN DEVELOPMENT
When a marriage goes sour and a bitter legal battle is inevitable, some
couples use binding arbitration to avoid a prolonged feud. In each episode of
Divorce Story, Court TV follows two couples as they go through the arbitration
process, resolving their conflicts once and for all. The series is produced
by Craig Piligian, creator of Dirty Jobs.
Sunshine State Bail Bonds in Southern California is home to an elite team
of female bounty hunters who use their brains and beauty to track down and
bust the most hardened criminals. Court TV's cameras go along for the ride,
following the best in the business as they do their jobs in style.
In this exciting new series, the con is on! A team of talented former con
men and women led by world-class hustler Paul Wilson demonstrate some of the
cleverest cons of all time, offering tips on how to avoid getting conned.
Inside the Criminal Mind with Keith Ablow(SM)
Keith Ablow is a world-renowned forensic psychiatrist and bestselling
author of Inside the Mind of Scott Peterson. In this true crime series, Court
TV joins Ablow as he delves deep into the minds of some of the country's most
notorious criminals, finally answering the question: what made them do it?
Ablow discusses the psychology involved as well as the expert profiling
methods used to catch them.
The Phenomena Police are a group of active duty peace officers who
investigate calls involving paranormal activity and unusual phenomena. Using
forensic investigative techniques, police procedures and advanced technology,
they gather evidence and find out what really went on and why it happened.
More than half a million 911 calls are placed every day. From home
invasions to hostage situations, this half-hour brings the most intense,
amazing calls to life, played out in real time, from the moment the call is
made to its eventual resolution.
Court TV(R) provides a window on the American system of justice through
distinctive programming that both informs and entertains. Court TV
Networks(SM) is comprised of Court TV News(SM), which provides live trial
coverage in daytime; Court TV: Seriously Entertaining(SM) in primetime,
featuring investigative drama, expert reality and compelling non-fiction
series; and Court TV Extra(SM), a subscription web-based service offering
viewers an interactive opportunity to watch multiple live trials on the
internet while accessing the tremendous resources of Court TV Online. Court
TV is 50% owned by Time Warner, and 50% owned by Liberty Media Corp, and is
seen in 85 million homes. (http://www.courttv.com or AOL Keyword: Court TV).
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