The official word: After marking its best year ever in 2010, and kicking off 2011 with the best quarter in network history, A&E Network, the number 4 entertainment cable network in adults 25-54, is poised to continue its phenomenal ratings growth by expanding upon the already industry-leading slate of original programming - scripted and unscripted.
A&E is driving its 'Real Life. Drama' slate featuring eleven returning franchises and the launch of ten new series by the end of 2011 - series that build upon the network's established arenas, as well as create new genres and directions in original programming. This aggressive new slate will look to expand upon the perennial top-ten network's success and to populate new nights with original series that introduce viewers to worlds never-before-seen on television.
After wrapping up the first season of the new hit series "Storage Wars," which averaged 2.8 million viewers per episode and grew week after week peaking at 3.8 million, and in addition to the previously announced 20-episode second season pick-up, A&E has ordered eight episodes of the spin-off series "Storage Wars: Dallas." A&E is also picking up the new series "InLaws" (wt), "Ship Happens" (wt) and "Boar Hunters" (wt) as the first of ten new series planned for 2011. The network is also in development on more than 40 original series concepts, including projects from top producers like Ryan Seacrest ("Keeping up with The Kardashians"), Ryan Murphy ("Glee"), Mark Burnett ("Survivor") and Michael Davies ("Who Wants to Be a Millionaire"), among others.
In addition to a second season of the hit drama series "The Glades" launching on June 5, A&E has ordered "Coma," a scripted multi-night television event from executive producers Ridley and Tony Scott for Memorial Day 2012.
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"Last year marked an unprecedented seventh consecutive year of growth at A&E, the longest growth streak in cable," said Bob DeBitetto, President and General Manager of A&E Network and BIO Channel. "Our new development slate remains true to our unique brand of authentic, dramatic and emotional storytelling, will ensure that we maintain our position as a premium entertainment network and drive our continued growth for the coming year."
Commitment to original programming targeting younger adult audiences remains paramount to A&E's success. Year-to-date, 77% of A&E's primetime lineup is original programming, significantly more than many top tier cable networks - FX (10%), USA (11%), TBS (21%) and TNT (31%). The upcoming slate of unscripted and scripted programming draws on the network's current schedule of real and dramatic programming and includes the following:
NEW NONFICTION SERIES:
"InLaws" (working title) - Premieres 3Q 2011
A&E shines a light on married couples that are at the boiling point with their overbearing in-laws. Each episode will feature a spouse in between their parents and the person they married, desperate to save their relationships. Seasoned relationship experts will come in and use unconventional tactics to make them face their issues.
"InLaws" is produced by Leftfield Pictures for A&E Network. Executive producers for Leftfield Pictures are Brent Montgomery and Courtney Montgomery. Executive producers for A&E are David McKillop, Elaine Frontain Bryant and Stephen Harris.
"Ship Happens" (working title) - Premieres 4Q 2011
There's a rare breed of independent truckers that have discovered the fortunes of transporting things that traditional carriers won't touch, such as airplanes, herds of goats, homes, and so on. This new series explores the cutthroat world of these competitive shippers: people who ship odd sized packages for big bucks.
"Ship Happens" is produced by Megalomedia, Inc. for A&E Network. Jonathan Nowzaradan serves as executive producer. A&E executive producers are David McKillop and Elaine Frontain Bryant.
"Boar Hunters" (working title) - Premieres 3Q 2011
The Campbell clan has a unique family business: hog hunting. Down in Texas, patriarch Jerry Campbell is joined by level-headed son Robert and firecracker daughter Krystal as they respond to troubled farmers whose crops and cattle are being threatened by an invasion of feral hogs.
"Boar Hunters" is produced by Original Productions, a FremantleMedia Company for A&E Network. Executive producers are Thom Beers and Philip D. Segal. Jeff Conroy is co-executive producer. A&E executive producers are David McKillop, Elaine Frontain Bryant and Lily Neumeyer.
"Storage Wars: Dallas" - Premieres 3Q 2011
A&E's top-rated nonfiction franchise is heading to Dallas, Texas where the units, bankrolls, and buyers are bigger. Following four Dallas storage unit hunters, this series has all the intrigue of the original "Storage Wars" in a landscape chock-full of cowboys and oil tycoons.
"Storage Wars: Dallas" is produced by Original Productions, a FremantleMedia Company for A&E Network. Executive producers are Thom Beers and Philip D. Segal. Jeff Conroy is co-executive producer. A&E executive producers are David McKillop and Elaine Frontain Bryant.
"Coma" 2x120min - Premieres Memorial Day 2012
From the team behind A&E's Emmy-nominated miniseries "The Andromeda Strain," and the hit drama series "The Good Wife," comes this modern day retelling of the bestselling novel by Robin Cook and film by Michael Crichton. "Coma" is a medical thriller about a doctor who discovers that something sinister is going on in her hospital after routine procedures send more than a few seemingly healthy patients into comas on the operating table.
"Coma" is produced by Scott Free Productions for A&E Network. Executive producers are Ridley Scott, Tony Scott and David W. Zucker. The script was written by John J. McLaughlin (Black Swan).
"Hands On" (working title) pilot
In each episode, a small group of contestants vie for a grand prize -- a car, a boat, groceries for a year, a business franchise, etc. The contest is a simple premise: keep your hand on the prize for as long as possible without losing contact. The last one with their hand on the object wins.
"Hands On" is produced by Embassy Row, a division of Sony Pictures TV. Michael Davies and Andrew Fried serve as executive producers. A&E executive producers are David McKillop, Scott Lonker and Fred Grinstein.
"Family Bonding" (working title) pilot
The average American family spends less than an hour of quality time together each day. Parents are over-worked, kids are over-scheduled, and everyone is distracted. "Family Bonding" will change that. Two family members in crisis will be handcuffed together for 48 hours to gain a whole new perspective on each other's life.
"Family Bonding" is produced by Krasnow Productions for A&E Network. Stuart Krasnow serves as executive producer. A&E executive producers are David McKillop and Andy Berg.
"Profilers" (working title) pilot
In the history of the FBI, only 55 agents have risen to the level of Profiler. "Profilers" will follow a select group of these elite former profilers to help local law enforcement solve the nation's most baffling current cases in real time.
"Profilers" is produced by James Bruce Productions for A&E Network. Executive producers are Mark Burnett and James Bruce. A&E executive producers are David McKillop and Laura Fleury.
"Cajun Blue" (working title) pilot
"Cajun Blue" is a real-life series with the Terrebonne Parish Sheriffs Department, which covers 2,000 square miles of Louisiana swampland as they investigate thousands of violent crimes every year in the creepy, eerie, bayou. And with the personalities of the local Cajuns, no police call is routine.
"Cajun Blue" is produced by MAK Pictures for A&E Network. Executive producers are Mark Kadin, Ken Arlidge, and Ken Reichling. A&E executive producers are David McKillop and Laura Fleury.
"Duckmen" (working title) pilot
Meet the Robertsons who run their family business while living the American Dream down in Louisiana. From deep in the swamps, they operate a multi-million dollar sporting empire, employing half of their hometown and fabricating, of all things, duck calls and decoys, while remaining true to their roots by living off the land.
"Duckmen" is produced by Gurney Productions for A&E Network. Scott Gurney and Deirdre Gurney serve as executive producers. A&E producers are David McKillop and Elaine Frontain Bryant.
"Model Apartment" (working title) development
"Glee" and "Nip-Tuck" producer Ryan Murphy, takes us inside the world of six models living together for a fly-on-the-wall look at how they live, work, and play. It's a glamorous world but the model lifespan is short and the clock is always ticking to hit it big while they can.
"Model Apartment" is produced by Ryan Murphy Productions and Fox 21 for A&E Network. Ryan Murphy and Dante Di Loreto serve as executive producers for Ryan Murphy Productions and Bert Salke, Jane Francis and Brad Holcman serve as executive producers for Fox 21. A&E executive producers are David McKillop and Scott Lonker.
DRAMA SERIES DEVELOPMENT:
"Big Mike" (working title) pilot
Greg Grunberg ("Heroes," "Alias") stars as a plus-sized detective in a world where plus-sized is a minus, San Diego. One of the best in his field, Big Mike can be a charging bull while serving a warrant or a gentle giant while rescuing a child from a fire. He can be profane, relentless and even deceitful when regulations stand in the way of justice, but he intimately understands both passion and human weakness, which serves as his greatest strength as a detective and his greatest challenge in his romantic life. Also stars Nicole Ari Parket, Ken Leung, Elizabeth Bogush and Anthony Ruivivar.
"Big Mike" is produced by Sony Pictures Television and executive produced by Doug Robinson for Happy Madison Productions. Ed Decter and John Strauss (There's Something About Mary) will executive produce and write the script.
"Longmire" (working title) pilot
Based on "The Walt Longmire Mystery Novels" by Craig Johnson, "Longmire" stars Robert Taylor ("The Matrix") as Walt Longmire, the charismatic, dedicated and unflappable sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming. Widowed only a year, he is a man in psychic repair but buries his pain behind his brave face, unassuming grin and dry wit. With the help of a young, attractive female cop, Longmire becomes reinvigorated about his job and is committed to run for re-election because he knows what everyone else in his community knows: he's the only man that can get the job done. Also stars Katee Sackhoff, Bailey Chase, Cassidy Freeman and Lou Diamond.
"Longmire" is produced by Warner Horizon Television and executive produced by Greer Shephard and Mike Robin for Shephard/Robin Company. Hunt Baldwin and John Coveny will executive produce and write the script.
RETURNING DRAMA SERIES:
"The Glades" - Premieres Sunday, June 5 at 10pm
Matt Passmore stars as Jim Longworth, an attractive and brilliant Chicago homicide detective with a reputation for being difficult who is forced to relocate and lands in the sleepy town of Palm Glade, outside of the Florida Everglades, where sunshine and golf are plentiful and crime is seemingly at a minimum. But Longworth soon finds out this town isn't quite as idyllic as he originally thought, when murders keep piling up. Each case pulls Longworth off the golf course and reluctantly into his element as one of the sharpest homicide detectives to wear a badge. In its first season, "The Glades" became the most-watched drama series in network history, averaging 3.1 million total viewers. These ratings propelled A&E to ad-supported cable's number one network on Sunday nights among total viewers. Also stars Kiele Sanchez, Carlos Gomez and Michelle Hurd.
"The Glades" is produced by Fox Television Studios for A&E Network. The series executive producers are Clifton Campbell ("White Collar," "Profiler," "21 Jump Street") for Innuendo Productions and Gary Randall ("Saving Grace") for Grand Productions, Inc. The series is created by Clifton Campbell.
RETURNING NONFICTION SERIES:
"Storage Wars" Season 2 premieres July 2011
"Beyond Scared Straight" Season 2 premieres Summer 2011
"The First 48" Season 11 premieres Summer 2011
"Gene Simmons Family Jewels" Season 6 premieres June 14, 2011
"Billy the Exterminator" Season 4 premieres Summer 2011
"Hoarders" Season 4 premieres Summer 2011
"Intervention" Season 10 premieres 4th quarter 2011
"Dog the Bounty Hunter" Season 9 premieres fourth quarter 2011
"Manhunters" Season 3 premiered March 2011
"Parking Wars" Season 5 premiered April 2011