[05/27/08 - 08:53 AM]
Ion Television Injects "Er" Into Primetime Lineup with All-Star Marathon Kickoff
The series will join the network on Monday, June 9 with a four-day marathon.

[via press release from ION]

ION Television Injects "ER" into Primetime Lineup with All-Star Marathon Kickoff

Groundbreaking Award-Winning Drama Raises Pulse of Network

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- ION Television announced today that it will launch the highly-acclaimed, hit series, "ER," on its primetime schedule June 9th with a four-day marathon of back-to-back episodes featuring guest stars who have either won or been nominated for Emmy Awards. The network will showcase television's longest-running medical drama, which has earned more Primetime Emmy Award nominations than any other program in history, with three episodes from 8 p.m. � 11 p.m. on June 9th, 10th and 11th, and two episodes from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on June 12th. "ER" will then air in its regular timeslot Monday through Wednesday, 10 p.m. � 11 p.m. (ET), beginning June 16th. Also joining ION Television's primetime schedule with a special sneak preview on June 12th at 10 p.m. will be "The Dead Zone."

"The four-day 'ER' marathon of these memorable, hand-picked episodes ushers in an all-time fan favorite for ION Television viewers," said Brandon Burgess, Chairman and CEO, ION Media Networks. "This intense series, with its star-studded cast and high-profile guest stars, takes us to the next level of becoming a positively entertaining television network."

Combining the extraordinary talents of multi award-winning producer John Wells, best-selling author Michael Crichton and renowned director Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television, the venerated series explores the inner workings of an urban teaching hospital and the critical issues faced by the dedicated physicians and staff of its overburdened emergency room. The episodes airing during the ION Television marathon feature Emmy-winners Chad Lowe, Cynthia Nixon, Armand Assante, Danny Glover and Sally Field, plus Emmy-nominees Louise Fletcher, Stacy Keach and John Mahoney. Also spotlighted are Ray Liotta, who won an Emmy for his "ER" appearance, and Red Buttons and James Woods, who both were nominated for their respective performances.

On May 1st, ION announced a licensing agreement with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution to air seasons 11-14 of the groundbreaking series. Having recently completed its 14th season, "ER" continues to earn some of the highest ratings among TV dramas. In addition to winning 22 Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series in 1996, and 120 Emmy Award nominations�the most in television history�the show has also earned the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award and four Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Ensemble Performance in a Drama Series.

Joining "ER" on ION Television's primetime schedule this summer is "The Dead Zone," originally produced by Lions Gate Television and CBS Paramount Television for the USA Network. Based on Stephen King's bestselling novel, "The Dead Zone" stars Anthony Michael Hall as a teacher who awakens from a coma to find he has extrasensory abilities and can use them to help others. The psychological thriller premieres Thursday, June 12th at 10 p.m. � 11 p.m. (ET). It will air directly before "ER," Monday through Wednesday, 9 p.m. � 10 p.m. (ET) beginning June 16th.

"The debuts of these two popular and highly-acclaimed series highlight ION Television's commitment to contemporary, quality programming that will appeal to a wide audience," added Mr. Burgess.

The network is pushing forward with its long-term strategy to meet the entertainment needs of the adult 25-54 demographic with a mix of compelling television series, theatrical and made-for-television movies, specials and sports. "ER" and "The Dead Zone" join recent acquisitions, including "Boston Legal," coming to ION off-network later this year, as well as "The Steve Harvey Show," "Family Feud" and "Quantum Leap," currently airing in ION Television's expanded entertainment schedule.

About ION Media Networks

ION Media Networks, Inc. owns and operates the nation's largest broadcast television station group and ION Television, which reaches over 94 million U.S. television households via its nationwide broadcast television, cable and satellite distribution systems, and features popular TV series and movies from the award-winning libraries of RHI Entertainment, CBS Television, NBC Universal, Sony Pictures Television, Twentieth Television and Warner Bros., among others. Using its digital multicasting capability, the Company has launched several digital TV brands, including qubo, a channel for children focusing on literacy and values, and ION Life, a channel dedicated to active living and personal growth. It also has launched Open Mobile Ventures Corporation (OMVION), a business unit focused on the research and development of portable, mobile and out-of-home transmission technology using over-the-air digital television spectrum. For more information, visit www.ionmedia.com.

  [may 2008]  

· ER (NBC)

[03/23/18 - 01:06 PM]
Oxygen Media's "Aaron Hernandez Uncovered" Becomes Highest Rated True Crime Program in Network History with 1.05 Million Total Viewers
Oxygen further spins the numbers for Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18.

[03/23/18 - 11:26 AM]
New Season, New Way to Watch "Wheeler Dealers" - See It First on MotorTrend.com and the Motor Trend App
Starting Wednesday, April 4 audiences can catch the premiere on MotorTend.com and the Motor Trend app one week before it debuts on Velocity Wednesday, April 11.

[03/23/18 - 10:40 AM]
Reggie Watts Is the "Taskmaster!" Comedy Central Game Show Series Premieres Friday, April 27 at 11:00 P.M. ET/PT with Two Back-to-Back Episodes
The series, whose format originated in the U.K., requires individuals to use ingenuity and creativity to complete unusual challenges.

[03/23/18 - 09:16 AM]
FremantleMedia North America Set to Bring World's Largest Population of Superheroes and Supervillains to Television in New "Astro City" Series
The live action drama series is being produced by FremantleMedia North America, with its pilot episode being written by Kurt Busiek and Rick Alexander.

[03/23/18 - 09:13 AM]
"Fahrenheit 451" Debuts Saturday, May 19 on HBO
The drama is based on Ray Bradbury's classic novel of the same name, depicting a future where the media is an opiate, history is rewritten and "firemen" burn books.

[03/23/18 - 09:04 AM]
Video: Showtime(R) Unveils the Full Trailer for Season Two of "I'm Dying Up Here"
The series takes viewers behind the curtain of the comedy scene that birthed the careers of legends such as Richard Pryor, Robin Williams and David Letterman, showing there's truly no such thing as an easy laugh.

[03/23/18 - 08:19 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS, NCAA Hold Off Push from ABC, NBC
The Peacock's "Chicago Fire" edges the Alphabet's "Station 19" in the firefighter drama showdown.

[03/23/18 - 06:32 AM]
HBO Launches "Silicon Valley: Inside the Hacker Hostel" Virtual Reality on HTC's Viveport, March 25
The captivating, interactive VR experience will provide one-on-one encounters with Richard (Thomas Middleditch), Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani), Gilfoyle (Martin Starr), Big Head (Josh Brener) and Jian-Yang (Jimmy O. Yang).

[03/22/18 - 11:13 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, March 22
Updates include: Neil Flynn bound for "Abby's" at NBC; Lilla Crawford, Will Kindrachuk snag roles on Bobby Bowman's ABC pilot; and Kearran Giovanni tapped for NBC's "Suspicion."

[03/22/18 - 12:09 PM]
Smithsonian Channel(TM) Reveals the Inside Story and Untold Events of a Deadly American Tragedy in "Waco: The Longest Siege"
The film provides an intimate portrait of a young Vernon Howell (later renamed David Koresh) and his Branch Davidian followers, who came from around the globe to join the Pied Piper-like figure.

[03/22/18 - 10:35 AM]
Video: "Pose" - Peek Teaser - FX
"Pose," FX's new original series from Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Steven Canals, premieres this summer.

[03/22/18 - 10:31 AM]
Video: Viceland Premeries Trailer for New Series "My House" About NYC Queer Ballroom Scene
"My House" is an insider's guide to New York City's hyper-competitive underground queer ballroom scene.

[03/22/18 - 10:05 AM]
CMT Elevates Morgan Selzer to Senior Vice President of Program Development
"Morgan is a seasoned and savvy development executive who crafts compelling stories across multiple formats and genres," said Keith Cox.

[03/22/18 - 10:00 AM]
All-New Two-Hour Special "Meghan Markle: An American Princess" to Air Friday, May 11, on FOX
The two-hour event will focus on Markle's life and potential legacy as the first American to marry into the British royal family since 1937.

[03/22/18 - 10:00 AM]
CBS Announces Season Finale Airdates for 2017-2018
"Scorpion" will now kick off said finales on Monday, April 16.