Cable networks have traditionally avoided launching new original shows in the fall, when the broadcast networks’ new seasons move into full swing. But in recent years the cable nets have been firing away year-round.
Dozens of new shows are being readied for their premieres in the coming weeks, and some have hit potential.
TelevisionWeek’s report on 2004’s cable hits covers only shows that already have premiered this year. Here are several other new series to watch out for between now and the end of the year:
MTV launches “Battle for Ozzfest” Oct. 25. This weekly show features heavy metal bands competing for a spot onstage at Ozzfest 2005.
Comedy Central will premiere its animated reality series “Drawn Together” Oct. 27 as a companion to its long-running “South Park.” The network has eight episodes ready to roll.
Court TV on Oct. 27 premieres the limited series “Forensics Academy,” in which the basic points of crime investigation are taught.
Bravo on Oct. 28 will roll out “Long Way Round,” starring Ewan McGregor touring on a motorcycle with his friend and fellow actor Charley Boorman.
In December, Bravo launches “Project Runway,” a search for a hot new designer, hosted by supermodel Heidi Klum.
Showtime’s much-anticipated hour-long drama “Huff,” starring Hank Azaria as a psychiatrist, makes its debut Nov. 7.
The Rev. Al Sharpton goes from presidential candidate to reality show host on Spike’s “I Hate My Job,” premiering Nov. 9. The next night the network launches another unscripted show, “The Club,” chronicling the opening of a trendy nightspot.
VH1 series include “Motormouth,” starting Oct. 26, a hidden-camera show that looks for bad singers and drivers; “Redlight-Greenlight,” Nov. 17, which reviews recent movies, music and TV shows; and “My Coolest Years,” set to premiere in December, featuring musicians recalling high school memories.
Fuse has three shows ready to roll. “100%” launches Nov. 9 and features Usher in the first episode. “Video IQ” and “Fuse Action News” debut Nov. 15.
“Full Throttle” premieres Nov. 10 on the History Channel. The show takes classic cars and soups them up for the speedway.
Cartoon Network introduces “Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi” Nov. 19. The animated show features two real Japanese rock stars, Ami and Yumi, lead singers of the band Puffy.
Nick at Nite will launch “Family Face-Off: Hollywood” Nov. 28.
Turner Broadcasting’s TBS will launch its reality version of “Gilligan’s Island” Nov. 30.
Sundance Channel and Court TV kick off their joint effort, “The First Amendment Project,” Dec. 7.
Also on Dec. 7, GSN will ante up with “GSN Multi-Million Dollar Poker Tour.”
The Science Channel on Dec. 8 plans to launch “100 Greatest Discoveries,” starring Bill Nye.