Court TV Sets Summer Slate


Court TV will unveil several new series and specials as part of its summer and fall programming lineups.

In June, Court TV will look to capitalize on the popularity of its Web site with the launch of The Smoking Gun Special, according to network executives. Comedy Central's The Daily Show
correspondent Mo Rocca will host the special, which takes a behind-the-scenes look at celebrity-related information, photos and documents often seen first on the Web.

In July, the network will premiere Masterminds, a half-hour skein that examines deceptions utilized by criminals to pull off spectacular crimes.

Court TV will also debut specials from several of its recurring series, including Court TV Investigates, The System
and Mugshots. These shows will tackle such infamous and headline-grabbing stories as the Laci Peterson murder, trenchcoat-wearing bank robbers and the battle over Barry Bonds's record-setting 70th home-run ball.

The summer programming announcements come amid a ratings uptick for the network. In April, the legal channel averaged a 0.8 rating, up 14% from last April.

HGTV highlights

In other news, Home & Garden TV will buttress this fall's original lineup with a trio of skeins focusing on home repair and development.

Designed To Sell
will guide viewers through the process of enhancing the appeal of a home before it's put on the market, while What Have I Done?
(working title) will focus on how to correct home projects gone bad, network executives said.

Designer Finals (working title) will feature student designers at work on their first professional job for a homeowner.