Pasadena, Calif.— Touching on a variety of dayparts and genres, cable programmers put their best fare forward at the Television Critics Association summer press tour here last week.
Comedy Central will bow an experimental late-night programming block on Aug. 5; its first entries are The Chris Wylde Show
and Insomniac with Dave Attell.
The network also announced a one-year development with The Man Show
creator Jackhole Industries. Under terms of the agreement, Comedy holds a first-look option on all Jackhole-proposed comedic series and pilots.
Executive vice president and general manager Bill Hilary said Comedy hopes to have a new series on-air by first quarter 2002.
A&E Networks executives talked up a weeklong, late-night stunt show hosted by outspoken actress and comedienne Sandra Bernhard. Bernhard, whose guests will include Boy George, The Sopranos
star Edie Falco and actress Mo'Nique, told the assembled pundits on July 10 that the discussions will range well beyond plugs for her guests' upcoming movies or books. The Sandra Bernhard Experience
is slated for Aug. 27 through 31 at 11 p.m.
Sister network The History Channel trumpeted American Classics, a four-part miniseries that explores the power and impact of cultural icons in America and debuts Nov. 27; and History vs. Hollywood, a weekly series examining the historical accuracy behind popular films based on real events, which starts Aug. 7.
Country music signer Naomi Judd will headline a new daytime programming block for WE: Women's Entertainment, beginning Aug. 20.
The 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekday block, titled "Between Us With Naomi Judd," will feature Judd in several short vignettes, discussing themes important to women such as friendship and personal motivation. The block will also include two new shows: House Calls,
a series featuring a psychiatrist who visits homes; and Spiritual Journeys, a half-hour reality series, focusing on women who've tapped into their spiritual sides to achieve happiness and peace.
Premium network Encore announced that it will present a retrospective of three Woodstock festivals in an original documentary titled My Generation
on Aug. 17. Produced by Academy Award-winning documentary director Barbara Kopple, My Generation
chronicles the evolution, images and idealism generated from the Woodstock events of 1969, 1994 and 1999. The film uses original musical and audience footage to show the similarities and differences between the generations at the cultural shows.