USA Nabs ‘Pirates’; Sci Fi Sets ‘Painkiller Jane’ Series

Jul 13, 2006  •  Post A Comment

NBC Universal Cable made several programming announcements at its Television Critics Association’s Cable Press Tour panel Thursday, including the acquisition of Buena Vista Television’s current box office hit “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.” The movie will premiere on USA in the fall of 2008.

Other announcements included:

  • Sci Fi has greenlighted an adaptation of the comic book “Painkiller Jane,” about a female superhero. The 22-episode series from Insight Film Studios and Kickstart Comics will premiere in January.

  • Sci Fi also announced plans for a late-night programming slate and a new development slate of series and miniseries. Projects include “Outpost” (an adventure miniseries from executive producer Linda Obst about a group of explorers at a space station); “Devil’s Advocate” (a 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.'”

  • Bravo has renewed “The Real Housewives of Orange County” for eight episodes to air later this year.