More announcements came out of the TCA's today:
Billy Campbell, president of Discovery Networks U.S., said that Discovery Channel is planning to devote an entire evening to programming on "living with cancer." The special night of programming, airing April 29, will feature a documentary followed by a live town-hall discussion involving Ted Koppel, cancer survivor Lance Armstrong and Leroy Sievers, former executive producer of ABC's "Nightline," who is battling cancer, Campbell said.
The Hollywood Reporter adds Animal Planet executive vp and general manager Maureen Smith said her network will premiere its first-ever on-air/online series, Saving Grace with a half-hour special March 2 followed by 20 five-minutes webisodes available starting March 5, with a final half-hour special to air March 30. The show centers on a family's commitment to help an abandoned baby otter return to the wild.
Also present was Philippe Cousteau, chief ocean correspondent for Animal Planet and a panelist for the network's upcoming six-week Spring Watch USA event, who was asked about the Ocean's Deadliest documentary he was filming with Steve Irwin when Irwin died from a stingray attack.
The documentary airs from 8-10 p.m. Jan. 21.
Also on Wednesday, TV One said it is going into production on a new theatrical competition series, David E. Talbert's Blackstage, with playwright Talbert and Edmonds Entertainment. Eight contestants and two alternates will compete for the chance to be understudies in Talbert's latest play, a touring production of Love in the Nick of Tyme, which stars Morris Chestnut and R&B singer Avant.