Due to the popularity of it's original show Sleeper Cell, SHOWTIME has ordered a miniseries based on it titled, Sleeper Cell: American Terror. All eight parts will be available for viewing on SHOWTIME On Demand the same day, December 10, that the miniseries premieres on the SHOWTIME network. The show runs from December 10th to the 17th.
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This groundbreaking scheduling strategy is an extension of Showtime Networks' commitment to create the best On Demand experience for the consumer and acknowledges the increasing role that the On Demand platform plays in driving viewers and subscriber satisfaction with the SHOWTIME service. Whereas individual programs and films have premiered on On Demand in advance of a linear premiere, this marks the first time that an entire series or miniseries has aired on On Demand before it has been shown on the network. It is an idea especially well suited for the miniseries format.
"This is a dramatic-and exciting-- departure from the ways that the On Demand platform has previously been used," said Tom Christie, Executive Vice President, Sales for Showtime Networks. The draw of Sleeper Cell: American Terror gives cable operators a powerful marketing tool to showcase the flexibility and exclusive benefits the SHOWTIME On Demand platform offers and drive subscription acquisition for the network. Now, more subscribers will have the chance to be drawn into the intrigue and suspense that makes Sleeper Cell: American Terror such compelling viewing," Christie concluded.
Last season's Sleeper Cell was nominated for a Golden Globe® for "Best Miniseries," an Emmy® for "Outstanding Miniseries" and was named one of the "Ten Best Television Programs of 2005" by the American Film Institute. Sleeper Cell: American Terror gives viewers an expansive and authentic look at the war on terror that has defined our world since September 11, 2001.
In addition to the SHOWTIME On Demand airing of the complete mini series, the show will unfold over eight eventful hours beginning Sunday, December 10 at 9 PM ET/PT with a new installment every night through Sunday, December 17th on SHOWTIME.
Showtime Networks has ordered a new, eight-hour television event based upon last year's Golden Golden®-nominated miniseries, Sleeper Cell, it was announced today by Robert Greenblatt, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc. Michael Ealy ("Barbershop," "Their Eyes Were Watching God") and Oded Fehr ("Resident Evil: Apocalypse," "The Mummy") re-team for the frighteningly realistic drama, set to begin production in Los Angeles this summer. Creators Ethan Reiff & Cyrus Voris will continue to serve as executive producers.
The controversial and unconventional drama delves into the harsh inner-workings of a Los Angeles-based Islamic terrorist cell headed by a charismatic and fanatical extremist (Fehr) and an Muslim undercover FBI agent (Ealy)who infiltrates it. Last year's mini-series featured a powerful and engrossing two-hour finale that will set the stage for the new Sleeper Cell , which will continue to combine timely, meticulously researched storylines and complex characters to create an entertaining and thought-provoking television event.
"Sleeper Cell became an instant signature show for us and has all the hallmarks of great premium cable," said Greenblatt. "It's relevant, fearless and unlike anything else on television. Unfortunately terrorism is a part of our daily lives and this show is one of the few things in our pop culture to grapple with this subject matter in a realistic way."
Sleeper Cell premiered last December and became one of the most critically acclaimed mini-series of the year, receiving a Golden Globe®-nomination for Best Mini-Series as well as being named one of the AFI's Ten Best Television Programs of 2005. The New York Times hailed the ground-breaking mini-series as "Better than 24," and "Unlike any other program that has been produced for American television."