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By RD Heldenfels Published: May 25, 2006

Given the late hour when I was done with ''American Idol,'' I am still in the cone of silence about last night's ''Lost,'' and expect to remain there until sometime tonight. But I haven't stopped watching TV, and later today may post something about what a freakin' dazzler writer-director Stephen Poliakoff is. (A couple of his TV productions, ''Friends and Crocodiles'' and ''Gideon's Daughter,'' are coming out on DVD next week, hence my renewed admiration.) Until then, there's this little item from the morning e-mail:


New York, NY - May 25, 2006 - SCI FI Channel today announced that World Wrestling Entertainment®, the producer of the No. 1 weekly basic cable TV series, > "> Monday Night RAW > "> on USA Network, will debut a summer series on Tuesday, June 13, at 10 p.m. ET/PT.  ECW (Extreme Championship Wrestling®) will be an alternative brand of wrestling suited to fit the SCI FI Channel> '> s commitment to fuel the imagination.
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> "Research tells us that there's a healthy appetite for wrestling among SCI FI viewers," said Bonnie Hammer, President, USA and SCI FI Channel.  "With ECW, we're able to deliver to those fans unique action with a twist that's perfect for SCI FI."

> "> ECW on SCI FI will push the boundaries of sports entertainment in new and unexpected ways,> ">  said Vince McMahon, Chairman of World Wrestling Entertainment.
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> For more information go to ECW.com <http://www.wwe.com/shows/ecw/>.
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> SCI FI Channel is a television network where "what if" is what's on.  SCI FI fuels the imagination of viewers with original series and events, blockbuster movies and classic science fiction and fantasy programming, as well as a dynamic Web site (www.scifi.com) and magazine.  Launched in 1992, and currently in 85 million homes, SCI FI Channel is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies.


Remarkable, yet again, how broadly Sci Fi views its programming mandate.

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