USA, Sci Fi Ramp Up Originals

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Hollywood, Calif. -- USA Network and Sci Fi Channel will continue their
fast-paced rollout of original-programming fare later this year and into 2004
with several upcoming series and movie launches.

Sci Fi is producing for 2004 an eight-hour series focusing on the mystery of
the Bermuda Triangle, as well as a six-hour series based on best-selling book
Red Mars, president Bonnie Hammer said.

The announcement Tuesday at the Television Critics Association summer press
tour here follows on the heels of the network's commitment to develop 22
original movies for 2004-05, which will provide Sci Fi with two original-movie
premieres per month.

Upcoming entries for Sci Fi’s 'Saturday Action' franchise -- which is
averaging a 1.4 Nielsen Media Research household rating, beating the network’s
primetime average by 40% -- include Raptor Island, Larva and
Hammerhead.

For USA, it will bow later this year Hidden in the Heartland: The Eric
Rudolph Story
, about the accused serial bomber who was arrested this past
May.

Also complementing its current original-series lineup of Monk, The
Dead Zone
and the July 30 debut of Peacemakers, USA announced Tuesday
at the TCA tour the development of Touching Evil, a scripted-drama series
produced by Allen and Albert Hughes (Menace II Society, From Hell)
set to debut next year.

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