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TV Junkie: The Re-Launch of the Sundance Channel
The Sundance Channel has a full slate of programming in development: from documentaries and reality television to several scripted series.
Yesterday we went to the Sundance Channel reveal where the network announced that they were committing to a relaunch of their brand and programming with a slate of ambitious new shows over the next couple of years. Networks like Bravo, Style, E!, TLC, etc. that are producing shows about fashion, design, and the arts are going to feel quite a bit of competition from Sundance who already have tasted success with "Man Shops Globe", "The Day Before", "Iconoclasts", and "Spectacle: Elvis Costello With...". New series will include "Full Frontal Fashion", "Design Intervention", "Fashion Icons", and at least five more tastemaker programs.Where the Sundance Channel is really breaking out is with an impressive list of scripted programming beginning with the airing of "Carlos" this fall. "Carlos" is a miniseries based on the life of international terrorist Carlos the Jackal, and it will star Edgar Ramirez of Che and Domino. Sundance has at least 5 other scripted programs in the works which is an ambitious undertaking. With many basic cable networks creating shows that are both popular as well as critically acclaimed, Sundance seems to be stating that it's a wide open market.
Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Sundance Channel, Sarah Barnett, told us that "We have a lot of incredibly talented people who are drawn to our brand and what it stands for. Our scripted strategy at Sundance Channel is to tell these original stories while utilizing these great talents in front of and behind the camera - we want to support what they want to do."
We're very excited that our friend Greg Proops is on the "Chelsea Lately" panel tonight (11pm on E!)! He always kicks butt!
The TV Junkie Plan: "Faces of America With Henry Louis Gates Jr.", "Modern Family", "Cougar Town", "Nip/Tuck", "Chelsea Lately" (Greg Proops!), Letterman (Jessica Biel), Fallon (Dick Cavett)
8:00pm Faces of America With Henry Louis Gates Jr. PBS/KCET - Director Mike Nichols' family escapes Nazi Germany; Japanese Americans were imprisoned, including forebears of skater Kristi Yamaguchi; an encounter changes the life of cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
8:00pm Inside the NFL Showtime - Season Finale
8:00pm Human Target FOX - Chance must protect a district attorney who is marked for murder because of her investigation of an organized-crime family.
9:00pm Modern Family ABC - Claire and Phil plan a Valentine's Day excursion; Jay takes Gloria to a comedy show; Cameron and Mitchell try to play cupid for Manny.
9:00pm American Idol FOX - Part two of the Hollywood round.
9:00pm Man vs. Wild Discovery - Go behind the scenes with the crew!
9:00pm Inside NASCAR Showtime - Series Premiere
9:30pm Cougar Town ABC - Jules tries to avoid spending Valentine's Day alone; Laurie meets Smith's father (Barry Bostwick)
10:00pm Psych USA - Juliet asks Gus for help tracking down an old boyfriend.
10:00pm Nip/Tuck FX - Secrets are revealed and past pains are uncovered as Sean and Christian begin psychotherapy together
10:00pm Ugly Betty ABC - Betty discovers a new designer at a low-priority show during Fashion Week
10:00pm The Robert Verdi Show Starring Robert Verdi Logo - Series Premiere
10:00pm Shear Genius Bravo - Refreshing damaged blond dye jobs; avant-garde hairstyles based on a tasting menu.
10:00pm High School Reunion TV Land - Mark "The Secret Admirer" and Lori "The Party Girl" go power-gliding. Rachelle "The Late Bloomer" gets scared when she hears her ex-husband wants to meet with her.
10:30pm Tosh.0 Comedy Central - Web snark
11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Actor Dave Salmoni; round-table participants include Christina Pazsitzky, Jo Koy and Greg Proops.
11:00pm Lopez Tonight TBS - Actor Ashton Kutcher; actress Emma Roberts; actor Carter Jenkins.
11:00pm Campus PD G4 - Season Finale
11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actress Jessica Biel; actor Christoph Waltz.
12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actor Dick Cavett; Yeasayer performs.
12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actress Kristen Bell; comic Jeff Stilson.
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