Docs, Specials on Tap for Trio


Pop-culture network Trio will abdicate its more entertainment-based programming in November to offer a more serious documentary about the recent deaths of journalists in war-torn locations.

The documentary, Journalists: Killed in the Line of Duty
, is one of several specials and miniseries Trio will offer during the fourth quarter, according to president Lauren Zalaznick.

Zalaznick -- who presided over a Wednesday luncheon announcing the network's new programming efforts -- did not comment on the potential ramifications of General Electric Co.'s $14 billion buyout of Trio owner Vivendi Universal Entertainment, but she did say she was "optimistic" about the network’s future.

will examine the escalating tragedy of journalists who die while doing their jobs, including the death of NBC correspondent David Bloom, who died of a blood clot in April while covering the war in Iraq, and Wall Street Journal
reporter Daniel Pearl, who was murdered in January 2002.

Network-news anchors Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings and Dan Rather and former CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite will narrate segments.

For lighter programming fare, the network will offer its first countdown program, Epic TV: The Top Ten Miniseries of All Time
, Nov. 26. The one-hour special will take a behind-the-scenes look at the top television miniseries, from Roots
to Tales of the City
. Three of the series on the list -- Shogun
, Holocaust
and Brideshead Revisited
will air on Trio during Thanksgiving weekend.

Also on tap for Trio in December is The Award Show Awards Show
, a behind-the-scenes look at the nearly 565 entertainment-industry-award competitions each year, and White Noise: The Pop Culture Roundup Year End Special
, which examines the most overexposed stories of 2003.