REELZ AND TIME INC. PARTNER ON NEW CELEBRITY SPECIALS
'Entertainment Weekly Presents: '80s Stars - Where Are They Now?' Hosted by 'Growing Pains' Star Alan Thicke Premieres Wednesday, November 30 at 9pm ET/PT
'TIME Presents: Milestones 2016 - A Tribute to the Stars We've Lost' Premieres Wednesday, December 21 at 9pm ET/ PT
'TIME Presents: Celebrities on Trial' Premieres Monday, February 6 at 9pm ET/ PT
(Albuquerque, NM/New York, NY) Monday, November 14, 2016 - REELZ and Time Inc. (NYSE: Time) today announced a partnership to produce three specials about the real lives and stories of celebrities. Find out where '80s television stars are now, go inside some infamous celebrity legal entanglements and take a look back at the stars of movies, music, sports and pop culture we lost in 2016. Each hour-long special includes commentary from TIME, Sports Illustrated and Entertainment Weekly journalists.
First up is Entertainment Weekly Presents: '80s Stars - Where Are They Now? hosted by Growing Pains star Alan Thicke set to premiere Wednesday, November 30 at 9pm ET/PT. Then on Wednesday, December 21 at 9pm ET/PT it's TIME Presents: Milestones 2016 - A Tribute to the Stars We've Lost which pays respect to cultural icons and the movie, music, TV and sports stars who we said goodbye to in 2016. Finally, it's a look back in TIME Presents: Celebrities on Trial on Monday, February 6 at 9pm ET/PT, which takes viewers inside prolific, shocking and absurd cases where stars are in court and fighting for their money, freedom, vindication or all three. The three Time Inc. specials are produced by P&L Media.
"We're thrilled to partner with an industry leader in Time Inc. to show our viewers more real stories of real celebrities with a dive into television nostalgia along with an unflinching look at stars who fell afoul of the law and a thoughtful look back at the incredibly talented roster of celebrities we lost this year," said Steve Cheskin, SVP of REELZ Programming. "We're also pleased to continue working with P&L Media and know that their provocative and strong storytelling skills make for television our viewers enjoy watching."
"As we continue to expand Time Inc.'s TV programming initiatives, we have found another terrific partner in REELZ," said Bruce Gersh, SVP Brand Business Development for Time Inc. "We are delighted to bring our storytelling to its passionate fan base and look to build on the partnership with more original programming and specials."
Entertainment Weekly Presents: '80s Stars: Where Are They Now? shows the untold stories behind the heartbreak, happiness, and good and bad fortune that followed the stars of '80s television from Dallas and Dynasty with Linda Grey and Linda Evans to Baywatch and Dukes of Hazzard with David Hasselhoff and Catherine Bach. Host and Growing Pains star Alan Thicke will take viewers on a trip down memory lane to relive the shocking, funny and brilliant decade of television that saw Mr. T pitying some fools on The A-Team, Tom Selleck tackling crime on Magnum, P.I. and Erik Estrada patrolling highways on CHiPs. Thicke will reveal the surprising journeys taken by these and many more of our favorite '80s television stars including Nash Bridges star Don Johnson, Golden Girls star Betty White and Cheers star Shelley Long.
TIME Presents: Celebrities on Trial presents a rogues gallery of stars who broke the law and had to face the music in front of a judge. Divorce, drugs, assault, murder and tax crimes are just a few of the cases that have landed celebrities in court. Without fear or favor, this hour-long special will take viewers inside the stories and cases that have provided an everlasting feast for the world's media and will include commentary from TIME reporters who covered the stories. From Lindsay Lohan's toxic mix of drugs, drinks and driving to Charlie Sheen's maniacal rants at the world along with the downright sinister and sensational murder trials of sports stars Aaron Hernandez and Oscar Pistorious, TIME Presents: Celebrities on Trial puts the spotlight on the dark side of fame where being a celebrity doesn't mean you're above the law.
TIME Presents: Milestones 2016 - A Tribute to the Stars We've Lost is an intimate look back at the year we lost some of the greatest cultural giants, movie and TV celebrities, musicians and sports stars. In the fast-moving world of pop culture a star is born every day but there are certain celebrities whose achievements and influence transcend all boundaries and whose passing touches society as a whole. Legendary multi-hyphenate stars David Bowie and Prince left gaping holes in the music world leaving behind their radical and groundbreaking styles while boxing legend Muhammad Ali will be remembered as "The Greatest". Both the small screen and the big screen lost beloved stars including news stalwart Morley Safer, comedian Garry Shandling and stars Patty Duke and Alan Rickman. We'll also remember celebrities whose time was cut short but their impact lives on, including Star Trek star Anton Yelchin, The Voice contestant Christina Grimmie and Malik "Phife Dawg" Taylor from hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest.
About REELZ - Real lives. Real stories. Real celebrities.(TM) REELZ is a leading independent cable and satellite general entertainment network that is home to factual entertainment, television events, miniseries, movies and series featuring big stories and big stars. Programming ranges from the critically acclaimed and award-winning The Kennedys to Autopsy: The Last Hours Of... , Celebrity Legacies, Celebrity Page, Hollywood Scandals, Murder Made Me Famous, the upcoming miniseries The Kennedys-After Camelot and much more that connects directly to the world of entertainment. REELZ also showcases top movie and entertainment expert Leonard Maltin who provides specific on-air recommendations for movies viewers can watch at home.
REELZ is available in 70 million homes on DIRECTV channel 238, DISH Network channel 299, Verizon FiOS TV channel 233, AT&T U-verse channels 799/1799HD and cable systems nationwide. Find REELZ in your area by visiting www.reelz.com. REELZ is a High-Definition network and if it is not available, or not in HD, on your cable or telco provider, we encourage viewers to call them and ask for it. Owned by Hubbard Media Group, REELZ is headquartered in Albuquerque, NM with national ad sales based in New York City with offices in Boston and Chicago. As one of the last truly independent television networks remaining in today's media landscape REELZ has created the Independence Happens Here(R) website to help keep free thought and innovation alive by highlighting the importance of independent businesses. The website can be found at http://IndependenceHappensHere.com.
ABOUT TIME INC.
Time Inc. (NYSE:TIME) is a leading content company that engages over 150 million consumers every month through our portfolio of premium brands across platforms. By combining our distinctive content with our proprietary data and people-based targeting, we offer highly differentiated end-to-end solutions to marketers across the multi-media landscape. Our influential brands include People, Time, Fortune, Sports Illustrated, InStyle, Real Simple and Southern Living, as well as more than 50 diverse titles in the United Kingdom. Time Inc. has been extending the power of our brands through various acquisitions and investments, including Viant, an advertising technology firm with a specialized people-based marketing platform, The Foundry, Time Inc.'s creative lab and content studio, and the People Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN). The company is also home to celebrated franchises and events, such as the Time 100, Fortune Most Powerful Women, People's Sexiest Man Alive, Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year, the Essence Festival and the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.