or


[06/01/06 - 12:00 AM]
Sleuth Heats Up This Summer with DirecTV Launch Today

[via press release from Sleuth]

SLEUTH HEATS UP THIS SUMMER WITH DIRECTV LAUNCH TODAY

Crime, Mystery Channel Now Available to More than 15 Million DIRECTV Customers

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. -� June 1, 2006 -� Sleuth, NBC Universal Cable Entertainment's crime, mystery and suspense network debuts today on DIRECTV and will be available to its more than 15 million customers. The announcement was made today by David Zaslav, President, NBC Universal Cable and Domestic TV and New Media Distribution and Jeff Gaspin, President, NBC Universal Cable Entertainment, Digital Content & Cross-Network Strategy.

"We couldn't be more excited about our carriage deal for Sleuth with DIRECTV and we value them as a partner in launching our new services and products that help increase subscribers and drive their business," commented Zaslav. "Sleuth has generated tremendous momentum since its launch earlier this year and continues to gain interest from distributors and fans of the popular crime/mystery genre."

"The success of Sleuth proves the continued popularity and strength of the mystery/crime genre," said Gaspin. "We're pleased that DIRECTV will be giving more viewers the chance to catch up on their favorite shows."

"You don't have to be a clever detective to figure out that this network will generate a huge following among our customers," said Dan Fawcett, Executive Vice President, Programming, DIRECTV, Inc. "We're delighted to launch Sleuth and kick off another great summer season of programming from NBC."

The network will be available in the DIRECTV TOTAL CHOICE programming package on viewer channel 308.

Previously, DIRECTV and NBCUC reached a multi-year agreement that will give the primetime on demand rights to NBC Universal TV programs, and on pay-per-view (PPV) in addition to deals in place for their other networks, including USA, SCI FI, CNBC and MSNBC among others.

"We're thrilled about our programming line-up this summer and DIRECTV is launching Sleuth just in time for viewers to catch all of the adventures from destination weekends and Sleuth stakeouts to murder mysteries on Mondays," said Dan Harrison, Senior Vice President, Emerging Networks for NBC Universal Cable Entertainment.

In June, Sleuth has every day of the week covered from Murder Mondays and Action Wednesdays to Sleuth Summer Vacation weekends. Sleuth kicks off the month by celebrating Mark Wahlberg's 35th birthday with a look back at his break out role as the bad boy after Reese Witherspoon's heart in "Fear" on June 2 followed by the 2002 remake of the spy thriller "The Truth About Charlie," June 3.

Jet set this summer with globetrotting adventures every weekend from London and Moscow to New York and Las Vegas. Beginning June 9, Sleuth will take viewers on a European Vacation featuring films like "The Black Windmill," starring Michael Cain as a British agent who takes matters into his own hands by tracking down his kidnapped son. Additional films include "The Ripper," "Fierce Creatures," "The Champagne Murders," and international thriller "The Jackal" with Bruce Willis and Richard Gere.

Travel back to the U.S. on Las Vegas Night on June 17 with "Casino" and Las Vegas themed episodes from "Knight Rider," "The A-Team" and "Miami Vice." June 23 and 24 is Sleuth's New York Stakeout marathon with "Coogan's Bluff" starring Clint Eastwood as a straightforward Arizona lawman sent to New York City to extradite a captured murderer and Sylvester Stallone attempts to rescue commuters in a collapsed tunnel in "Daylight."

Mondays at 9pm and 12am (ET) is Sleuth Murder Mondays showcasing a variety of murder mysteries including "Coopersmith," "Marked for Murder," "Profile for Murder," "The Chippendale's Murder," "The Public Eye," "Ghost Story," and "Dead in the Water." And Wednesdays are Sleuth Action Wednesdays at 9pm and 12am (ET) featuring "The Real McCoy," "Thick as Thieves," "Renegades," "Singapore Sling," "Wild Card," "The Take," "Birds II," and "The Last Hit."

About SLEUTH
SLEUTH, an NBC Universal Cable digital suite of networks launched in first quarter 2006, is the premier entertainment cable channel dedicated to the popular crime/mystery/suspense genre, 24/7. SLEUTH features exclusive crime and mystery programming from NBC Universal's extensive collection of feature films, classic television shows, reality series and documentaries, from "Miami Vice" and "Homicide" to "Scarface" and "Casino." The unique Sleuth digital suite will include video on demand (VOD) content and a high-definition (HD) simulcast. To uncover more, visit: www.sleuthchannel.com.

About DIRECTV, Inc.
DIRECTV, Inc. is the nation's leading digital television service provider with more than 15.4 million customers. DIRECTV and the Cyclone Design logo are registered trademarks of DIRECTV, Inc. DIRECTV (NYSE:DTV) is a world-leading provider of digital multichannel television entertainment. DIRECTV is approximately 37 percent owned by News Corporation.

About NBC Universal Cable
NBC Universal Cable, a division of NBC Universal, one of the world's preeminent media companies, drives the company's cable strategic development and growth including video-on-demand, pay-per-view, HDTV, TV EST (electronic sell-through), TV Wireless distribution and retransmission consent, and oversees the cable distribution, marketing and local ad sales of fourteen properties (Bravo, CNBC, CNBC World, MSNBC, mun2, NBC Weather Plus, SCI FI, ShopNBC, Sleuth, Telemundo, Telemundo Puerto Rico, Universal HD, USA and the Olympics on cable). NBC Universal Cable also directs and manages the company's cable and new media investments including A&E, The History Channel, History Channel International, The Biography Channel, National Geographic International, the Sundance Channel and Tivo.





  [june 2006]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
    


· SHOWATCH
(series past and present)
· DEVWATCH
(series in development)
· MOVIEWATCH
(tv movies and mini-series)





[08/27/15 - 05:10 PM]
FOX Gives Midseason Drama "The Frankenstein Code" New Title of "Lookinglass"
The Rob Kazinsky-led drama is due in 2016 on the network.

[08/27/15 - 03:47 PM]
Video: VH1's "Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood" Season 2 Super Trailer
Premiering on Monday, September 7, the new cast is willing to lay it all on the line, striving to leave a permanent mark on the music industry despite sacrifices they may be forced to make.

[08/27/15 - 02:37 PM]
FXX to Air Special Mini-Marathon of "Archer's" Greatest Loves
Sterling Archer is reflecting on some of his greatest loves from the past with a special mini-marathon airing Saturday, September 26 from 10 PM - 1 AM ET/PT.

[08/27/15 - 01:54 PM]
"Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank" Set to Premiere on Friday, October 23rd on Showtime(R)
The film is an intimate, rollicking and entertaining look behind-the-scenes at the public and private life of one of America's greatest and, at times, controversial legislators.

[08/27/15 - 01:36 PM]
TLC Heads Back for a Second Push of "Labor Games"
The season premieres Tuesday, September 15 at 8:00/7:00c with two back-to-back episodes.

[08/27/15 - 01:08 PM]
TV One's "Welcome to the Family" Reunites Half & Half Co-Stars Valarie Pettiford and Telma Hopkins
The film centers on Stella, an internet producer (Kali Hawk), who has to learn how to balance her personal and professional lives.

[08/27/15 - 12:48 PM]
"Celebrity Name Game" Rolls Out the Red Carpet More Celebrity Guests, More Comedy, More Fun Than Ever!
Hosted by funnyman Craig Ferguson and executive produced by Courteney Cox and David Arquette, the syndicated, half-hour weekday strip premieres Monday, September 21.

[08/27/15 - 11:43 AM]
Treasure Hunters Dig Deep Into American History to Search for Vanished Fortune on the Series Premiere of "Rebel Gold" Airing Tuesday, Sept 15 on Discovery
The project is an all-new series that follows an experienced group treasure hunters as they join forces to retrace Jefferson Davis' trail and search for clues that could lead them to the legendary treasure.

[08/27/15 - 11:30 AM]
Betty White to Guest-Star on FOX Drama "Bones"
She'll play an accomplished, sharp as a tack, absolutely fabulous squintern who is brought in to assist in a murder linked to fantasy football - which just happens to be one of her many areas of expertise.

[08/27/15 - 11:21 AM]
Animal Planet's "Tanked" Delivers Marvelous Masterpieces to Megastars, MVPs, Magicians and Musicians
Look for the first of 10 new episodes on Friday, September 18 at 10:00/9:00c.

[08/27/15 - 11:09 AM]
Jimmy Fallon Tops His Broadcast Competition for the Late-Night Ratings Week of Aug. 17-21 in All Key Categories
NBC spins the late-night numbers for the week of August 17-21.

[08/27/15 - 11:01 AM]
TBS Orders Two More Seasons of "American Dad!"
In November, the network announced a 22-episode order for season 11, which is set to air on TBS and Adult Swim in early 2016.

[08/27/15 - 10:50 AM]
Video: Showtime(R) Releases the Official Trailer for the Emmy(R) Nominated Outstanding Drama Series "Homeland"
Season five will pick up two years after Carrie Mathison's (Claire Danes) ill-fated tenure as Islamabad station chief.

[08/27/15 - 10:50 AM]
All-New Dance Docuseries "Step It Up" Premieres September 25 on Lifetime
Traci Young-Byron, a former Miami Heat Dancer and longtime team captain, is the owner of the elite dance company, the Young Contemporary Dance Theatre (YCDT).

[08/27/15 - 10:26 AM]
A&E and LMN to Premiere Two New Documentaries Chronicling the Troubling Persona of O.J. Simpson and the Criminal and Civil Trials Against Him
A&E will premiere the two-hour special "O.J. Speaks: The Hidden Tapes" on Thursday, October 1 at 9:00/8:00c.