A&E to Air Additional MI-5 Episodes


A&E Network will air eight new episodes of scripted espionage series
MI-5 beginning Sept. 16.

The network was planning to air the episodes in January -- six months after
premiering the skein -- but it decided to run all 16 shows of MI-5'sinaugural season on consecutive Tuesdays.

Through the first six episodes of the series -- co-produced by A&E and
the British Broadcasting Corp. -- MI-5 is averaging a 1.1 rating,
according to network executives.

The network shifted the series back one hour to 9 p.m. to avoid competition
from NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, which, according to an
A&E spokesman, draws a similar adult 25-54 audience.

That same Tuesday 10 p.m. time slot also features original cable-series hits
from FX (Nip/Tuck) and Bravo (Queer Eye for the Straight