Court TV(R) Unveils Fall 2006 Primetime Programming Docket Featuring High-Octane Action, Daring Rescues and Engrossing Investigations
Court TV Seriously Entertaining(SM) ushers in a new level of drama and excitement to the investigative genre with a compelling lineup for Fall 2006. With six series, six feature documentaries and two specials set to premiere, and five series in development, coupled with the slate of returning flagship series such as Forensic Files, Psychic Detectives and Dominick Dunne: Power Privilege and Justice, Court TV, which just completed its most watched 2nd quarter in the history of the network among adults 18-49, is poised to continue its record setting growth in 2006.
Ride along with the nation′s most highly-trained law enforcers with SWAT USA(SM), get a glimpse into the true crime stories that interest our greatest storytellers in America′s Crime Writers Investigate: Murder They Wrote(SM), and delve into the passion of the families effected by 9/11 -- and see how they pushed for the creation of the 9/11 commission -- in On Native Soil. Vinny Parco and his angels are busting criminals for a second season on Parco, PI(SM), and the Miami Beach Ocean Rescue Team makes a splash this season on Beach Patrol(SM): Miami Beach.
NEW ACTION SERIES
Wednesday, August 23rd 8 P.M. ET/PT
In this half-hour caught-on-tape series, we′ll see the chases, the confessions, the excuses, and the outbursts as America′s finest pull over unsuspecting speeders.
Premieres in September
Court TV expands the successful "SWAT" genre, with an up-close, inside look at the high-stakes world of special weapons and tactics teams across the United States. From strategy and planning to heart-pounding deployment, this half-hour series is a truly unique and exciting look at the best in law enforcement.
Beach Patrol(SM): Miami Beach
Mondays, 8:00 P.M. ET/PT
Coming off the huge success of Beach Patrol: San Diego, Court TV explores a new coast in Beach Patrol: Miami Beach, a fast-paced, hard-driving series that follows the lifeguards of the Miami Beach Ocean Rescue team.
NEW SCRIPTED SERIES
′Til Death Do Us Part(SM)
Coming in the New Year
Recalling the great anthology series such as Alfred Hitchcock Presents, ′Til Death Do Us Part features fabled underground film director John Waters starring as "The Groom Reaper(SM)." Each episode of the network′s first original scripted series dramatizes the events of a true crime, opening at the wedding of a happy couple, with the time-traveling Groom Reaper as an unexpected guest, foretelling the worst. Through tantalizing scenes from the marriage, the Groom Reaper reveals the story of the ill-fated relationship, leaving viewers guessing as to who will be the victim ... and who will be the culprit.
NEW INVESTIGATIVE SERIES
America′s Crime Writers Investigate: Murder They Wrote(SM)
Coming in November
Court TV has recruited the masters of the American crime novel to present absorbing new takes on twisted tales and incredible true-life mysteries. In each hour-long episode, Court TV teams with one of the nation′s best novelists to delve into a case that has fascinated or touched them in some way. Through documentary footage, first-person accounts and the author′s own insights, each episode sheds new light on a particularly intriguing crime. Season one includes authors James Ellroy, Faye Kellerman, Jonathan Kellerman, Michael Connelly and Lisa Scottoline.
Missing Persons Unit(SM)
Wednesday, August 30, 9:30 P.M. ET/PT
In this compelling new investigative series, Court TV re-examines the most baffling missing person cases from across the country. Each 30-minute episode chronicles a race against the clock, as an investigative team reconstructs the last two days of the missing person′s life to learn who they are, and where they might be found.
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILMS
On Native Soil
Monday, August 21st 10 P.M. ET/PT
Based on the best-selling 9/11 Commission Report, and narrated by Academy Award(R) winners Kevin Costner and Hilary Swank, On Native Soil details the personal stories of tragedy and triumph that led to the formation of the 9/11 Commission and the publication of the Commission′s landmark report. Directed by three-time Emmy Award(R)-winning news and film producer Linda Ellman, the documentary presents provocative new details and exclusive interviews, focusing on the human side of the largest terrorist assault ever to take place in the United States.
SPAM: The Documentary
We all know it ... it clogs our computers and may ultimately slow and damage the Internet. But where does spam come from? Who are the criminal minds behind it? In an insightful and often humorous investigation, Court TV looks into the global culture of spam, arguably one of the 20th century′s most annoying and harmful innovations.
The Man Who Would Be Polka King
Jan Lewan was the Elvis of polka music, selling out months of performances in Atlantic City. But he was also a criminal mastermind. This documentary is an irreverent portrait of one man whose professional career was destroyed because he began to believe he was bigger than the music.
Murder in the Dark
Not guilty by reason of ... sleep? People have been known to do some strange things while sleeping, but assault, rape, even murder? Parasomnia, a disorder that causes people to literally, be active in their sleep, is emerging as a new legal defense in violent criminal cases. Murder in the Dark goes inside an actual parasomnia case to see how well this defense holds up in court. Through the courtroom drama and exclusive access to alarming sleep clinic footage, Executive Producer Christine LeGoff (Murder on a Sunday Morning, The Staircase) shows just how violent some parasomniacs can be.
K-11: The Pink Cell
In the LA County Jail there is a unit where gay, bisexual, and transgender inmates are housed apart from the general population. It is so much nicer than the general prison that even straight people try to con their way in. K-11: The Pink Cell is a shocking, funny, and provocative look at the side of prison that the public has never seen before, produced by World of Wonder (Inside Deep Throat, The Eyes of Tammy Faye).
The Exodus Project
Exodus is run by ex-cons, with the goal of finding jobs for former inmates and freeing them from the revolving door that propels so many right back behind bars. Filled with incredible characters and fascinating success stories, this film highlights the dynamics of an organization whose administration is at as much risk as their clients.
Stories of the Innocence Project(SM): Broken Words
Monday, July 31st 11 P.M. ET/PT
Court TV′s acclaimed series highlights inspirational stories of redemption from the case files of Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld′s Innocence Project, which has provided direct representation or critical assistance in cases involving post-conviction DNA evidence, resulting in the exoneration of more than 110 wrongly imprisoned men and women. In this episode, police in Ada, Oklahoma are stumped by a horrific crime and when the case quickly stalls, they focus the investigation on the town eccentric, Ron Williamson. Convinced there were two killers, authorities arrest Williamson and his only friend, Dennis Fritz. Both men proclaim their innocence but are found guilty: Fritz is sentenced to life in prison, and Williamson is sent to death row. Can the Innocence Project wade through faulty hair evidence, ignored suspects and questionable informants in time to save one man from a life in prison and another from death? This compelling case is also the subject of a new book from best-selling author John Grisham.
Cell Phone Justice(M)
Coming this summer
We love them, but of course, we also hate them. While they can be rage inducing, viewers might be surprised to learn that they have also become powerful eyewitnesses in the fight against crime ... Cell Phone Justice will take an in depth look at this new trend.
Disorder In The Court
Monday, August 14th 8 P.M. ET/PT
This special counts down the top 20 most infamous, shocking, and often hilariously unprecedented courtroom moments from some of the most noteworthy trials of the recent past. Combining interviews with leading legal luminaries and cultural commentators with archival footage, unforgettable video, and still photographs, ′Disorder In The Court′ reveals 20 great reasons why we′re all continually fascinated with the legal process.
PROGRAMS IN DEVELOPMENT
Sunshine State Bail Bonds in Southern California is home to an elite team of female bounty hunters who use their brains and beauty to track down and bust the most hardened criminals. Court TV′s cameras go along for the ride, following the best in the business as they do their jobs in style.
More than half a million 911 calls are placed every day. From home invasions to hostage situations, this half-hour brings the most intense, amazing calls to life, played out in real time, from the moment the call is made to its eventual resolution.
When a marriage goes sour and a bitter legal battle is inevitable, some couples use binding arbitration to avoid a prolonged feud. In each episode of Divorce Story, Court TV follows two couples as they go through the arbitration process, resolving their conflicts once and for all. The series is produced by Craig Piligian, creator of Dirty Jobs.
The Phenomena Police are a group of active duty peace officers who investigate calls involving paranormal activity and unusual phenomena. Using forensic investigative techniques, police procedures and advanced technology, they gather evidence and find out what really went on and why it happened.
Real Hustlers (wt)
In this exciting new series, the con is on! A team of talented former con men and women led by a world-class hustler who demonstrates some of the cleverest cons of all time, offering tips on how to avoid getting conned.
Tuesday, August 15th 10 P.M. ET/PT
This hybrid reality/docu-drama series returns for a second season. The show follows the Parcos, a family of New York City private eyes, as they crack cases and expose secrets at their family-run private investigation firm. From cheating spouses to corrupt business partners, the series combines the most compelling elements of verite documentaries and scripted drama
Body of Evidence(SM): From the Case Files of Dayle Hinman
Saturdays 10:00 P.M. ET/PT
Get inside the mind, life and career of Special Agent Dayle Hinman, one of the country′s leading forensic profilers. Using intensive examination of forensic evidence and skillful psychological insight, Hinman aids the police in isolating suspects and solving some of the country′s most baffling mysteries.
Dominick Dunne′s Power, Privilege and Justice(SM)
Fridays 11 P.M. ET/PT
Beverly Hills, the Hamptons, South Beach ... these are the playgrounds of America′s wealthy and powerful. But a dark side exists beneath the sparkling surface of dazzling parties, elite country clubs, and expensive jewels. Celebrated author and popular Vanity Fair columnist Dominick Dunne has spent years chronicling the high-profile personalities caught in the web of money, murder, and mystery. Now, Dunne returns to examine new stories at the fascinating junction of crime, money and justice.
Wednesdays 9 P.M. ET/PT
Forensic Files(R), the network′s signature original series offers new episodes featuring a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at how investigators use cutting-edge forensic technology to solve present day as well as decades-old crimes. This ultimate reality series -- the real-life CSI -- is one of the highest-rated programs on Court TV. Produced by Medstar Television for Court TV.
Wednesdays 10:30 P.M. ET/PT
From the network that started the paranormal crime-solving phenomenon with Psychic Detectives(R), comes a new original series that takes the genre to the next dimension. Haunting Evidence(SM) follows an unusual investigation with a team of unconventional experts comprised of psychic profiler Carla Baron, paranormal investigator Patrick Burns, and medium John J. Oliver. In each episode, the team -- who receive no information on the case other than the victim′s name -- use their skills to visualize and describe the details of the crime with amazing accuracy.
Thursdays 11:30 P.M. ET/PT
Each week, Hollywood Heat(SM) breaks crime and justice entertainment news, with celebrity interviews and set visits, commentary from legal and entertainment industry pundits, reports from "The Smoking Gun Hotsheet(SM)," and special on-the-street "Dismissed Juror(SM)" reports from the one and only, Joan Rivers. New host Lynne White dishes out the hottest extravagances, eccentricities and excesses of Tinseltown′s biggest stars in this fast-paced, half-hour show.
From high-speed chases to dangerous crashes, this adrenaline-pumping series shows the dangers our law enforcement professionals face every day. Featuring the most amazing footage ever captured, much of it taken from the dashboard-mounted cameras in the police vehicles themselves, each half-hour episode is a wild ride.
Next premiere Monday, August 21 8 P.M. ET/PT
From the nation′s toughest prisons to the elite team that guards the nation′s diplomats, "Inside" takes you behind the scenes and behind the headlines into some of the most dangerous and fascinating areas of criminal justice and investigation.
Mondays 10 P.M. ET/PT
The original Court TV documentary series The Investigators uses well-told stories, human drama, and the process of investigation to shed light on the many dimensions inherent in the complex nature of this country′s judicial system.
Fridays 10:30 P.M. ET/PT / Mondays 9:00 P.M./ET
With unprecedented access, this new series takes viewers inside the actual case files of one of the nation′s largest and most respected crime labs, the LAPD Scientific Investigation Division (SID). Each episode focuses on a gripping crime story that combines tried-and-true detective work with SID′s cutting-edge forensics to eventually unravel a compelling, true-life mystery.
Tuesdays 11 P.M. ET/PT
These are the true stories of brilliant criminals and the amazing deceptions they′ve used to pull off seemingly impossible crimes. Combining the mystery of a "whodunit" with the thrill of a "howdunit," the series reveals the men and women behind the daring capers, from elite bank robbers, jewel thieves and escape artists to impersonators, kidnappers and con artists.
North Mission Road(SM)
Mondays 9:30 P.M. ET/PT
Los Angeles may be a city of illusions, but those illusions end at 1104 North Mission Road, home of the Los Angeles County Coroner where up to 20,000 cases are investigated annually. With unprecedented access to the Coroner′s massive files, this show presents L.A.′s most unique and compelling cases. Each episode follows the highly trained professionals of the Coroner′s Department as they use the latest in forensic medicine and investigative techniques to solve a variety of challenging mysteries.
Wednesdays 10 P.M. ET/PT
Court TV′s popular series Psychic Detectives(R) started America′s obsession with the talented men and women who help law enforcement solve some of the country′s toughest cases. This season, the series returns with more fascinating stories of the psychics who developed the uncanny tips and unexplainable clues that have helped detectives solve baffling cases.
Quarterly - next premiere Monday, July 17 10 P.M. ET/PT
Monday, September 18 10 P.M. ET/PT
Wednesday, December 20th 9:30 P.M. ET/PT
In this riveting half-hour investigative series, Court TV takes a closer look at the most talked about unsolved cases ripped from today′s headlines. Last season, this compelling series examined the Greenwich murder of financier Andrew Kissel, the cruise ship mystery of groom George Smith IV, and the disappearance of Alabama teen Natalie Holloway.
Fridays 8 P.M. ET/PT
This new original series from John Langley, the creator and producer of Cops, illustrates how the camera has become law enforcement′s most powerful tool in the fight against crime. Each 30-minute episode reveals how difficult it is for criminals to get away with crime in a world where someone is always watching.