Programming Briefs10/31/2004 7:00 PM Eastern
Adelphia Adds Here! To S. California Homes
Los Angeles — Gay and lesbian premium service Here! TV has picked up the distribution pace in Southern California, inking an on-demand deal that will make its programming accessible to Adelphia Communications Corp.’s digital-cable customers.
The deal, terms of which were not disclosed, calls for Here! TV’s movie and series fare to be available for $3.95 per selection.
The network is providing up to 30 hours per month of original and acquired films and series to Adelphia digital subscribers in such communities as Beverly Hills, Brea, Diamond Bar, Hermosa Beach, La Habra, La Habra Heights, Manhattan Beach, Rowland Heights, Simi Valley and West Hollywood.
In addition to Adelphia, DirecTV Inc. and EchoStar Communications Corp.’s Dish Network proffer Here! TV on a pay-per-view basis, while RCN Corp. carries it as a subscription VOD service.
G4TechTV to Play Halo 2 All Day Long
Los Angeles — G4techTV has fans of video game “Halo 2” in its sights next month.
Under the banner of “Halo 2 Day,” the network will dedicate all its programming on Nov. 9 to salute the release of the highly anticipated sequel to the best-selling Xbox game of all time.
Rollins Gets Critical With New IFC Show
New York — Henry Rollins will add critic to his list of credits when he hosts a new movie-review show bowing onIndependent Film Channel in December.
Premiering on Saturday, Dec. 4 at midnight, Henry’s Film Corner will feature the singer, actor and author discussing and debating films, celebrities and the movie culture with several guests.
Additional segments on the series, of which IFC has ordered 10 half-hour installments from Swift River Productions, include: “Every Man” interviews/film commentary from people like Rollins’ mail carrier; “Typecast,” examining how ethnic groups and others are portrayed in certain films; and “What to Watch,” suggesting films suitable for particular moods.
Action-Sports Net Fuels Up 12M Subs
Los Angeles — Fuel has passed the 12 million-household mark following launches by several operators over the past four months.
MSOs rolling out the action-sports network included Charter Communications Inc., Insight Communications Co. Inc., Adelphia Communications Corp., Cable One Inc. and Cox Communications Inc.
Food Network Sets A Channel Star Search
New York — Do you want to be “The Next Food Network Star?”
That’s the question the Scripps Networks-owned service is posing in a talent search, with the eventual winner hosting a six-episode series to debut next September.
The winner’s series will be part of Food’s weekend “In the Kitchen” programming block, which airs weekends from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (ET/PT).
Applicants must submit three-minute audition tapes explaining why they should be Food’s next star by Nov. 30. The service will then whittle the field to seven finalists, with an eighth chosen by an online viewer vote at foodnetwork.com
That group will go to New York in February, when they will be tested in a series of challenges.
A panel of judges will again continue to narrow the field down to two, both of whom will film pilot segments. Viewers will then vote and determine the overall winner, Food said.