Oxygen to Launch Comedy Block

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Pasadena, Calif. -- Oxygen will launch a comedy block this fall featuring
a new original series and recently acquired British series Absolutely
Fabulous
.

The women's-skewed network will also debut two documentary specials to
commemorate the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

In September, Oxygen will debut Girls Behaving Badly
, a female-oriented hidden-camera reality show featuring
an all-female cast, as part of its primetime comedy block, chairman and CEO
Geraldine Laybourne said Tuesday at the Television Critics Association tour
here.

The show will be paired with the acquisition of Absolutely Fabulous,
currently airing on Comedy Central. The British Broadcasting Corp.-produced
series about the comedic lives of two 40-something women will debut Sept. 3,
Laybourne said.

Also premiering in September are two specials related to the terrorist
attacks in New York and Washington, D.C.

The Women of Rockaway Beach will focus on the
residents of the Queens, N.Y., community where nearly one-third of the
firefighters lost in the World Trade Center destruction came from.

A Smile Gone, But Where? is a special based on a column by New York
Newsday writer Jimmy Breslin about
the post-Sept. 11 disappearance of an unidentified woman he passed every morning
on his way to work.

The two specials -- produced by Breslin's daughter, journalist Rosemary
Breslin -- will air Sept. 11, a date when Laybourne said the network hadn't
planned to run any special programming.

'We're not primarily a news operation, and we did think that there would be
massive programming on that date,' she added. 'But to me, this just cut through
and . generally adds to the humanity of Oxygen.'

In other Oxygen TCA announcements, actress Candice Bergen will host a
half-hour weekly series, Candice Checks It Out, in which the ex-Murphy
Brown
star will profile women with unique backgrounds and hobbies.

The network will also extend original interview show Conversations from
the Edge
with Carrie Fisher into a weekly series, and it will run
documentary/talk series The Isaac Mizrahi Show Tuesdays through Thursdays
beginning Sept. 16. The network has commissioned an additional 27 episodes of
the half-hour Mizrahi Show.

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