Mar 17, 2003  •  Post A Comment

A crime reality-game competition, a hidden-camera series and The Smoking Gun show are three of the six projects that have made the cut to “airable” pilot for Court TV’s new fall season.
As Court TV wraps what is in effect its first full-fledged pilot season, Art Bell, the network’s executive VP of programming and marketing, described the six projects for TVWeek. They are:
* Masterminds, a half-hour series that looks at the way spectacular crimes were perpetrated. It’s about how science is used in the service of crime. A pair of half-hour pilots air July 16.
* The Caper Challenge (working title), a reality game with a crime twist. Teams of specialists compete to re-create on-set actual famous crimes.
* The Smoking Gun, a proposed half-hour based on the famous Web site owned by Court TV, which specializes in posting high-profile court filings, police reports and other public documents. Two half-hour pilots are expected to air in August.
* Disaster Detectives (working title), a half-hour in which teams of investigators look into suspicious accidents and mysterious disasters.
* Heist! a proposed half-hour about “international capers.”
* The Catch, a proposed half-hour hidden-camera reality series that tries to catch criminals in the act.” Targeted for fall.
Court TV usually bypasses the pilot process, but the network is attracting a younger demo Mr. Bell said. “This is really an effort to find more things to interest that young demo.”