U.K. Exec Tapped To Take TLC Reins
Silver Spring, Md. — Discovery Networks U.S. has reached in-house but across the pond for new leadership for struggling TLC, tapping David Abraham as executive vice president and general manager.
Abraham, who has been serving as Discovery Networks U.K. general manager, with responsibility for nine channels since 2001, succeeds Roger Marmet, who resigned as TLC general manager last month.
Abraham, whom officials said has helped double the U.K. networks' audience share, will oversee all programming, production, development and operations of TLC.
Lifetime Adds Three To Drawing Board
New York — As Lifetime Television deals out sophomore drama Wild Card, the women's network announced a trio of additions to its development slate last week.
The Look is an hour-long drama that eyes designers, models and editors within the world of fashion, while another untitled hour will explore what happens when single women get married, have kids and find out family life is not all it's made out to be. On the comedic side, The Marriage Bed engages in how modern couples keep their love alight.
Meanwhile, Lifetime elected not to renew Wild Card for a third season. The final four episodes of the series, will air later this year.
USA Will Go to Dogs For 12 More Years
New York — USA Network is expected to sign a long-term renewal deal to televise the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
The extension, which could be announced as early as today, would give USA rights to the competition from Madison Square Garden through 2016.
USA began covering the event in 1984. This year's edition will air Feb. 14 and 15, from 8 to 11 p.m. (ET).