Monday, May 7, 2007

SFTV Updates & More

Blood Ties Update - 12 now, 10 in October.
According to Broadcasting and Cable, Lifetime's plans for Blood Ties has them ending the current airing run at 12 episodes, with the remaining 10 episodes airing over five weeks in October, two episodes each week. According to the article, the show has averaged 1.4 million viewers including 460,00 women 18-49 and 220,000 women 18-34. Showing up today is the official press release from Lifetime, viewable here on The Futon Critic

SciFi Gets Anime-ted.
The SciFi Channel will launch an Ani-Monday Anime block starting Monday, June 11. They're hoping to draw in some younger viewers to try to get their median age down below the 45 years it is currently at. Thier full press release about it can be found here at The Futon Critic (again). In checking Broadcasting and Cable, they have an article about it that goes into a bit more detail on why they are giving it a shot and what they will be up against from the other cable networks.

Lost & Medium Renewals
ABC announced a renewal for Lost for three more seasons at 16 episodes a season, with each season starting in January. NBC also announced a renewal for Medium for next season. Press releases for Lost and Medium can also be found at The Futon Critic.

Up Fronts Next Week
Next week is the annual Up Front presentations by the main broadcast networks to preview their fall schedules and other programming plans. There may be more news later in the week about early renewals or pilot pickups in advance of the Up Fronts.


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