A&E Sets Ambitious Original Agenda


A&E Network will significantly increase its amount of original specials
and series during the 2001-02 season.

Dramatic series and movies, along with original documentaries, will serve as
the cornerstone of A&E's most ambitious launch of original shows to date,
senior vice president of programming Allen Sabinson said.

The network will debut at least nine dramatic, original films, including two
from the science-fiction genre: The Lost World, an adaptation of the Sir
Arthur Conan Doyle novel; and The Lathe of Heaven, starring James Caan,
Lukas Haas and Lisa Bonet.

The network will also premiere a new dramatic series from filmmaker Sidney
Lumet, May It Please the Court, which will bring to life the most
important U.S. Supreme Court decisions. In addition, A&E renewed Lumet's
critically acclaimed 100 Centre Street series with 18 new episodes.

Other series premieres include Real PeopleTV, an interactive
series that will allow individuals an opportunity to live out their lifelong
goals, dreams or passions. Created by Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
executive producer Michael Davies, the show will combine television and the
Internet, allowing viewers to participate in someone's real adventure.

Also on tap is Minute-by-Minute, a first-person account of some of the
more memorable events in recent history.

New documentaries include Heroes of Iwo Jima, Darkside of
, Under the Big Top, Gorillas, Married in America
and Barrymore on the Barrymores featuring actress Drew Barrymore,
Sabinson said.

A&E will also continue its relationship with Cosmos Studios Inc. and
feature several specials including The Lost Dinosaurs of Egypt and a
special based on Cosmos' Solar Sail launch.