Oxygen to Give 'Ladies,’ 'Mo’Nique’ Another Chance
New York — Oxygen has renewed its two top original shows.
Oxygen president of programming and marketing Debby Beece said the women’s-targeted service has sized up beauty competition Mo’Nique’s Fat Chance for a second go-round, with the comedienne set to crown the second Ms. F.A.T. (Fabulous and Thick) this fall, following 10 installments. Production on the full-figured reality show is slated to begin this summer.
Meanwhile, Beece has also given the thumbs up to a sophomore season of Campus Ladies. Ten new episodes, set for a fall debut, will continue to chronicle the wild times of two middle-age women who start their lives over as freshman at the fictional University of the Midwest.
Dish Network Adds Documentary Net
Nashville, Tenn. — The Documentary Channel, dedicated to independent documentary films, launched on EchoStar Communication Corp.’s Dish Network Feb. 6.
The 24-hour channel is available, as a public-interest network, to subscribers of the satellite provider’s “America’s Top 60” package.
The new channel offers documentaries of all genres — classic to cutting-edge, from independent filmmakers around the globe — uncut and commercial-free. The service is selling public-broadcasting-type sponsorships, CEO Tom Neff said.
Time Warner Cable Adds Sportskool to Lineup
New York — Sportskool announced that Time Warner Cable will begin carrying its education-sports series of video-on-demand programming.
The Rainbow Media Holdings LLC-owned programmer also added skier Bode Miller to its sports-instruction lineup.
Sportskool said its original instructional programming now accounts for 90% of its program lineup. It provides cable operators with 20 hours per month of content.
Both Bode Miller and fellow skier Erik Schlopy had taped ski-instruction videos that will be added to the network later this year.
PanAmSat Proffers International Package
Atlanta — PanAmSat Corp. is offering distributors an a la carte portfolio of international programming, called Vis-a-TV, for either linear or video-on-demand services.
“PanAmSat is leveraging its relationships with its international programming customers to bring the best of the more than 400 channels currently on our satellite fleet to the U.S. market for distribution,” CEO Joe Wright said in a statement on Feb. 6.
PanAmSat also announced that it has reached a broadband-distribution agreement with Move Networks, a subscription-based broadband video-on-demand platform.
The technical hub for the service is located at PanAmSat’s Atlanta teleport.
Programming for the Vis-a-TV platform is being distributed digitally on PanAmSat’s “Galaxy 13” bird.
ESPN Names 'MNF’ Team; Michaels to Sunday, NBC
Bristol, Conn. — ESPN announced the on-air team for Monday Night Football when it debuts on the network next season.
The three-man announcing booth will include Mike Tirico, Joe Theismann and Tony Kornheiser, with sideline reports from Suzy Kolber and Michelle Tafoya.
Kornheiser is a co-host of ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption, along with Michael Wilbon, and ESPN said that show will originate from the MNF site on Mondays.
Al Michaels, MNF’s play-by-play voice since 1986, was set to shift with the telecast from ABC to ESPN. Instead, he was released from his contract to join former partner John Madden on NBC’s Sunday night primetime National Football League telecasts, NBC said on Feb. 9.