[09/15/08 - 06:56 AM]
Bio Channel Premieres Female Forces
The series, in which "viewers ride shotgun with the female officers from the Naperville, Illinois Police Department," bows Sunday, October 5 at 10:00/9:00c.

[via press release from Bio]



New York, New York, September 15, 2008 � Bio Channel, which achieved its best monthly prime average in network history in all key demos this August, continues to expand on its aggressive development with the launch of FEMALE FORCES. Thirteen one-hour episodes of this new original series will begin airing on Bio Channel on Sunday, October 5 at 10pm ET/PT.

Brains, beauty, and a badge... In each episode of FEMALE FORCES, viewers ride shotgun with the female officers from the Naperville, Illinois Police Department. Located in the Chicago suburbs, Naperville's 18 female officers fight a full gamut of big city crime.

Among the officers profiled on the show are: Senior Patrol Sergeant Betsy Brantner Smith, as a former narcotics agent and law enforcement tactics expert, this 27-year veteran officer is currently working as the force's senior day watch supervisor. Betsy is a tough cop, but also proud to be known as the department's "Princess." At the range, she is known for unloading a full magazine from an AR-15 assault rifle and proudly declaring "All rounds on target, and no broken nails!" Ten-year veteran Officer Julie Lardino knows how to interview a suspect. This self-described "warrior woman" can be mean when the need arises, but isn't afraid to use a softer touch to get a suspect to confess. There's also Sergeant Lisa Burghardt who says she grew up with four brothers so she's "never been intimidated by anything." When Lisa recently apprehended a suspect who'd been brandishing a weapon, her maternal instincts came out; "We're kind of upset that you're driving with these fake guns, and a baby in the car!"

Stories for season one of FEMALE FORCES include: a frantic search by Officer Lardino for a suspect on the loose with a rifle; a violent domestic dispute between brothers that Sgt. Burghardt is forced to sort out; an intervention by Sgt. Brantner-Smith between a mother and her angry teen daughter; and a battle of the sexes ensues when the ladies challenge the men of the police force to a colorful game of paintball.

Executive Producers for Bio Channel are Neil A. Cohen and Robert Sharenow. Supervising Producer is Stephen Harris. FEMALE FORCES is produced for Bio Channel by The Greif Company. Leslie Greif and Adam Reed are the series executive producers.

The Greif Company was incorporated under writer/director/producer Leslie Greif who has worked on motion pictures and television in virtually every genre. He has made a name for himself creating numerous TV movies, series, mini-series and specials for all major networks. The Company has also produced several features including Funny Money starring Chevy Chase, and Keys To Tulsa starring Cameron Diaz, Eric Stoltz and James Spader. Greif was nominated for an Emmy Award for TCM's acclaimed documentary "Brando," which was also included as an official selection at The Cannes Film Festival and The Tribeca Film Festival. Today the company produces many shows , including one of A&E's most popular series, GENE SIMMONS FAMILY JEWELS, currently in it's fourth season and Discovery's new Planet Green series "Battle Ground Earth: Ludacris Vs Tommy Lee."

At Bio, we prove that the truth about people is always more entertaining than fiction. Bio is about real people and their real lives: up close and personal, gritty and provocative, always unfiltered. Bio original series uncover the real drama in people stories: everyday situations with a twist; celebrities going off-script; people-centric crime stories and paranormal events. In addition to being the exclusive home to the Emmy-Award winning Biography� series, the dynamic blend of original and acquired series on Bio includes Final 24, Psychic Investigators and the upcoming William Shatner hosted talk show, Shatner's Raw Nerve. The 24-hour network is now available in more than 52 million households. The Bio web site is located at www.bio.tv.

  [september 2008]  


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