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Jupiter Series Get Order, Renewal

Dec 13, 2004  •  Post A Comment

Oxygen has ordered a half-hour celebrity biography pilot that will air as a special and has renewed the freshman series “Snapped,” said Debby Beece, the network’s president of programming.

Both shows are produced by Jupiter Entertainment.

Tentatively titled “10 Things You Don’t Know,” the special aims to distinguish itself from the standard celebrity biography by highlighting obscure facts.

“There are so many celebrity-profile shows out there, the challenge was to tell people something they didn’t know,” said Stephen Land, CEO of Jupiter Entertainment. “So our development team came up with `10 Things.”‘

Jupiter’s other Oxygen show, the true-crime series “Snapped,” has been one of the network’s best-performing original programs, profiling women who have killed or attempted to kill their husbands. Oxygen has ordered 13 new episodes, which will premiere Feb. 6.

“People really like the storytelling, the dark nature of it and the crime and punishment elements,” Ms. Beece said. “We have a lot of comedy and lighthearted programming, and this provides a different edge.”

Both shows are on target for Oxygen’s ongoing programming strategy, which Ms. Beece said will stay the current course of providing contemporary women’s programming with a point of view.

“We’re continuing to build on what’s been working for us,” Ms. Beece said. “We’ve had good success with our original movies and are adding more of those, doing more female-oriented comedy and our [acquisitions] “Living Single,” “Ellen” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” have been doing spectacular.”

Jupiter Entertainment is a Tennessee-based cable production company whose credits include A&E’s “City Confidential,” History Channel’s “Hands On History” and Animal Planet’s “King of the Jungle.”