[09/18/06 - 12:00 AM]
USA Network Announces Sixth Season Pickup of "The Dead Zone"

[via press release from USA]



The Hit Series from Lionsgate and CBS Paramount International Television to Return with 13 Original Episodes in Summer 2007

LOS ANGELES, CA � September 18, 2006 � USA Network has picked up THE DEAD ZONE, the hit series starring Anthony Michael Hall ("61*," "The Pirates of Silicon Valley," "Sixteen Candles"), for a sixth broadcast season of 13 one-hour episodes, it was announced today by Jeff Wachtel, USA's executive vice president, original programming. Produced by Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), the leading independent filmed entertainment studio, and CBS Paramount International Television in association with Piller-Segan, the series will return to USA Network in summer 2007, with production scheduled to begin early next year.

THE DEAD ZONE premiered in June 2002 as the network's highest-rated original dramatic series debut ever, earning a place as the top basic cable original dramatic series of all time. The show still continues to perform as one of basic cable's top-rated series.

"It's been a long, winding and wonderful road on 'The Dead Zone'. Our relationship with Lionsgate and the show's producers has been everything a network could ask for," said Wachtel. "We look forward to continued success in the show's sixth Season."

"'The Dead Zone' is an important franchise for us and we're delighted about the pick-up," said Kevin Beggs, Lionsgate's president of television programming and production. "We've enjoyed a great creative partnership with Piller-Segan and tremendous support from the network, and are looking forward to the start of an exciting new season."

THE DEAD ZONE is a psychological thriller blending action, romance, the paranormal and a continuing quest for justice. In one of the most demanding roles on series television, Hall stars as Johnny Smith, a man injured in a near-fatal car crash, who emerges from a six-yearlong coma with psychic powers that allow him to see into the past and future through visions triggered by touch.

THE DEAD ZONE was created for television by the late acclaimed executive producer Michael Piller ("Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," "Star Trek: Voyager") and his son, Shawn Piller ("Star Trek: The Next Generation," Star Trek: Voyager"). Executive producers are Lloyd Segan ("Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas," "The Bachelor," "Bones") and Shawn Piller.

For photos of THE DEAD ZONE, please log on to the NBC Universal Media Village at http://www.nbcumv.com/.

Lionsgate is the leading independent filmed entertainment studio, winning this year's Best Picture Academy Award� for Crash, generating two consecutive years of $300 million-plus domestic theatrical box office, operating a $500 million-plus home entertainment business and producing a broad slate of prime time television series for fiscal 2007. It is a premier producer and distributor of motion pictures, television programming, home entertainment, family entertainment, and video-on-demand content. Its prestigious and prolific library of more than 7,800 titles is a valuable source of stable, recurring revenue and a foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate brand is synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.

CBS Paramount International Television is one of the most diverse suppliers of current and library programming to the international television marketplace featuring drama, comedy, talk, court, game shows, entertainment news, news and movies of the week from a catalog of over 70,000 hours. Programming from CPITV can be seen in over 200 countries and in more than 30 languages. Additionally, the Division supervises the development and production of television programming customized for the international marketplace and producing product with international partners. CPITV offers programming from CBS Paramount Network Television, CBS Paramount Domestic Television, CBS Productions, King World Productions, CBS News and Spelling Television. CBS Paramount International Television is a division of CBS Paramount Television, a unit of CBS Corporation.

Seen in 90 million homes, USA Network is cable television's leading network of original series and feature movies, sports and entertainment events, network shows and blockbuster theatrical films. The USA Network Web site is located at www.usanetwork.com. Characters Welcome. USA Network is a program service of NBC Universal Cable a division of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience.

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