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Announcements, and Lots of Them

July 13, 2006 8:07 PM

NBC-Universal Cable has a habit of backing a PR dump truck up to their TCA session and unloading a large number of breaking news press releases into the ballroom, thus ensuring at least half of the announcements get buried by overloaded reporters. Some of the following has been reported in one form or another, but here’s the rundown:

– USA Network has acquired the rights from Buena Vista Television to the current box office topper “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.” The movie will premiere on USA in the fall of 2008.

– USA has given a cast-contingent greenlight to the 90-minute pilot “To Love and Die in L.A.,” about a young woman who discovers her long-lost father is a hitman. Producers on the project include Lorne Michaels, Andrew Singer, David Kanter, JoAnn Alfano and Sara Goodman. – Sci Fi has greenlit an adaptation of the comic book “Painkiller Jane,” about a female superhero. The 22-episode series will premiere in January from Insight Film Studios and Kickstart Comics.

– Sci Fi also announced plans for a late-night programming slate and a new development slate of series and miniseries. Projects include the miniseries “Outpost” (an adventure series from executive producer Linda Obst about a group of explorers at a space station), “Devil’s Advocate” (one-hour thriller about a theology professor who investigates secret societies, from executive producer Mark Burnett), “Stoner” (about a group of celebrity superheroes living in Los Angeles, from executive producer Jeff Kline), “George Noory” (a late-night program hosted by Mr. Noory, a radio talk show host who explores paranormal issues and “Alien Invasion (a computer animated comedy from executive producer Dave Goetsch about two hapless aliens living in Venice, Calif.).

– Sci Fi has signed “Six Feet Under” star Peter Krause to star in its December limited series “The Lost Room,” described as “’The Fugitive’ meets ‘The Twilight Zone.’”– Former Survivor “Boston Rob” Mariano will join a team of skeptics in “Sci Fi Investigates,” a six-part one-hour series which will tackle myths such as Bigfoot, voodoo and aliens.

– Bravo has ordered “Funny Girls,” three comedy specials for comedians Joan Rivers, Paula Poundstone and Caroline Rhea. – Bravo has renewed “The Real Housewives of Orange County for eight episodes to air later this year.


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