TCA Sets Stage For New Shows


BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF. — New show were bursting
out all over at the cable-network portion of the
Television Critics Association Summer 2012 Press
Tour last week.

HBO said it will produce a documentary on the
50th anniversary of The Rolling Stones later this
fall, featuring the four current band members, according
to Michael Lombardo, president of programming
for the network. The network also said
it will debut the second season of Emmy-nominated
comedy series Girls and Enlightened in January 2013.

Current TV
is adding network contributor John
Fugelsang to its growing roster of on-air talent,
signing the comedian to host a primetime show this
fall. That news came during a live morning broadcast
of the network’s Talking Liberally: The Stephanie
Miller Show
during its TCA session.

BBC America and BBC One will co-produce The
, a new drama series based on the classic
Alexandre Dumas novel. Adrian Hodges (My Week
With Marilyn
) will pen the adaptation of the 17thcentury
tale of a band of soldiers assigned to protect
their king and country, network general manager
Perry Simon said.

TV One will launch a new scripted series, The
Rickey Smiley Show
, a comedy based on the comedian/
radio personality’s life as a single father to
three children, said Toni Judkins, executive vice
president of original programming and production.
The African-American-targeted network will
also launch a new reality series, R&B Divas, profiling
singers Faith Evans, Nicci Gilbert, Syleena Johnson,
Monifah Carter and Keke Wyatt.

Ovation TV
will debut in October a documentary
on the life and times of country music legend Johnny
Cash. The show
, Johnny Cash: Song by Song, uses the
singer’s music to illustrate his long and successful
career. The network also announced that its upcoming
competition series A Chance To Dance will
premiere on Aug. 17.