Trio to explore TV production

Jan 13, 2003  •  Post A Comment

Trio, Universal Television Group’s emerging digital cable network, is going behind the picture to focus on the making of popular TV shows with “TV Out of the Box.”The network unveiled “Box,” its original series set for a Jan. 22 premiere that will follow TV’s creative process from the first script to the rewrites in the writers room to the table read with the cast and then on to the final taping. Shows that will get the “Box” treatment include FX’s “The Shield” and Fox’s “Andy Richter Controls the Universe.”
The network also will debut a nightly documentary film block Jan. 27. That block, under the umbrella title of “9 Sharp,” opens with “Looking for Richard,” a 1996 documentary directed by and starring Al Pacino. Trio’s next theme month, March, will focus on `70s maverick filmmakers and will be anchored by “Easy Riders, Raging Bulls,” a two-hour original documentary based on the Peter Biskind book of the same name. Films airing on Trio in the month will include such `70s-era emblems as Hal Ashby’s “Shampoo” and George Lucas’s “THX 1138.” Previous Trio theme months have focused on TV and film censorship and on TV series that were “brilliant but canceled.”