November 18, 2009

TV TimeZ

Viacom's MTV Networks picked up the exclusive US television rights to air Michael Jackson's This Is It from Sony Pictures Television. The concert film will be made available to MTV Networks in 2011 and continue through the full six-year network window. The agreement includes telecasts on all US MTV Networks' channels MTV, VH1, VH1 Classic and Palladia as well as BET Networks and new channel Centric. Premiere dates specific to each network will be announced later. This Is It premiered theatrically in the US on October 28 and was #1 at the box office that weekend. The film depicts the behind-the-scenes footage during Michael Jackson's rehearsals leading up to his comeback concerts at London's O2 Arena from March through June 2009 just prior to his sudden death.

Discovery Channel's epic 11-part series Life will debut next March, narrated by Oprah Winfrey. The natural history series, chronicling earth's living creatures and behaviors is a co-production of Discovery Channel and BBC.

A&E Network approved a new original real-life series starring well-known actor/host Bob Saget. In Bob Saget's Strange Days, Saget will travel around America discovering unique cultures and groups of people such as those in a survivalist cult to a fraternity rush process. Production is currently happening on seven 60m episodes slated to premiere next year.

ABC: Modern Family [r], The Middle, Modern Family, Cougar Town, In the Spotlight with Robin Roberts
CBS: New Adv of Old Christine, Gary Unmarried, Criminal Minds, CSI: NY
CW: America's Next Top Model, [f ], America's Next Top Model [season highights]
FOX: So You Think You Can Dance, Glee
NBC: Mercy, Law & Order: SVU, Jay Leno Show