Court TV announced a swatch of upcoming new programming Thursday.
New series include:
• Reality series Las Vegas Law (working title), which follows “Sin City” attorney Bucky Buchanan as he represents various people, from murder suspects to prostitutes to tourists in trouble, debuting in the first quarter of 2006.
• Reality seriesTexas S.W.A.T., in which the network was given access to S.W.A.T. teams from one-dozen Texas cities, debuting in the first quarter of 2006.
• SWAG (working title),based on a British show, offers opportunists the chance to “steal,” and it debuts in the first quarter of 2006.
• L.A. Forensics, a nonfiction series that takes viewers inside the real case files of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Scientific Investigation Division, also set for a first-quarter-2006 launch.
• Nonfiction seriesSan Diego Beach Patrol, looking at the job done by San Diego’s lifeguards, who are also sworn officers of the peace, debuts in the first quarter of 2006.
• A documentary series set for a first-quarter-2006 debut, Five Days examines an elite group of the best investigative talent from dozens of local, state and federal agencies known as the Major Case Squad, which operates with the simple mission of solving crimes within five days.
• Set for an Aug. 28 debut is reality series Parco, PI, which Court TV described as “Arrested Development meets Growing Up Gotti,” about “a functioning, dysfunctional family of New York City private eyes.”
• Coming Aug. 9 isSmoking Gun TV, which will bring its namesake Web site (www.thesmokinggun.com) to life using puppets, bobble-heads and animation.
• September will bring reality series High Stakes with Ben Mezrich, in which the best-selling author delves into the underground world of young overachieving millionaires and wanna-bes.
• In nonfiction seriesHaunting Evidence, set for a November debut, viewers are taken inside an unusual investigation as a team that includes a psychic, a medium and a forensic expert visits “haunted” crime scenes and attempts to provide new insight into cold cases.
As far as new documentaries and specials, the network’s slate will include:
• Quarterly series Under Investigation: Mystery in the Capital, which examines the still-unsolved cases that make headlines and capture the public’s attention, debuts Wednesday, July 20.
• Court TV will examine the still-unsolved death of Seattle singer Mia Zapata with Sept. 15 special The Investigators: Death of a Rising Star.
• Court TV anchor Catherine Crier will bring her best-selling book on the Scott Peterson case to life with documentaryScott Peterson: A Deadly Game, set to air Aug. 4.
• Home of the Brave, a documentary about Viola Liuzzo, who joined thousands in Selma, Ala., for the march on Montgomery, led by Martin Luther King Jr. in 1965, and was shot and killed by a car full of Klansmen while on the way home, which was followed by a massive FBI cover-up, debuts Aug. 8.
• The network will examine the stalking phenomenon in a series of specials kicking off Sept. 8 withStalkers in the Shadows.
• Ongoing nonfiction series Court TV/Sundance Channel Project, four new half-hour documentaries on the subject of discrimination and bias, will debut in the first quarter of 2006.
• Quarterly nonfiction series Unexpected Heroes, a series of one-hour specials about ordinary people rising to the occasion under extraordinary circumstances, bows Aug. 8.
• Al Roker will explore the rise of violent gangs in middle-class white suburban areas inAl Roker Investigates: Menace on Main Street, airing Wednesday, Sept. 21.
• Documentary The Investigators: The Real Rocky Horror, the story of a real-life murder in the French Quarter of New Orleans with the only clues leading to a group who are obsessed with 1970s cult film The Rocky Horror Picture Show, airs Oct. 27.
• Court TV’s documentary series that focuses on real-life wrongful convictions that have been overturned based on DNA evidence continues Oct. 13 with Stories of the Innocence Project: Confessions of an Innocent Man.
• Court TV and Roker team up again for a look at betting among young people with the Dec. 8 debut ofAl Roker Investigates: Kids, Cards, and Dice.
Finally, the network is set to debut three original movies:
• On March 13, Court TV will debut Unknown White Male, about a man with a British accent who arrives at the end of a subway line in Brooklyn disoriented, wearing strange clothes, with no idea of how he got there and absolutely no memory of anything.
• Inspired by the book by Anti-Defamation League executive director Abraham Foxman, Never Againexamines all forms of intolerance and bigotry facing our nation.
• Military Justice tells the story of a man who must risk his military career to protect his troops and the security of the United States while knowingly violating the military code of ethics.