Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Cable Networks Trying Harder to Be Original

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Cable Networks Trying Harder to Be Original

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Cable used to be a place you went to for movies, sports and

reruns of old television series. There's still plenty of that on

cable. But in an increasingly competitive television

environment, most cable networks have placed increasing emphasis

on original programming.

Since cable doesn't necessarily observe the same rules about

when a TV season starts as the networks do, several of the new

series on cable have already begun.

Here's a rundown of some of the new series:

Arli$$ (HBO, Wednesday, 10 p.m.): Robert Wuhl produces and

stars in this satiric series about a professional sports agent.

The many cameos by people from the real world of sports have

inspired comparisons to HBO's satirical talk show, The Gary

Shandling Show , arguably the best series on television.

Arli$$ isn't in that league yet. But it is clever. Premiered

last month.

Bedtime (Showtime, Thursday 10 p.m.): A risque comedy series

about the relationships of six contemporary couples, seen in

their bedrooms. Premiered in July to tepid reviews.

The Big Easy (USA, Sunday 10 p.m.): New Orleans is the location

for this copy show based on the 1987 movie. Premiered in August

and has done well enough that USA has already ordered more


The High Life (HBO, day and time TBA): Produced by David

Letterman's company, this black-and-white "comedy noir" is about

two goofy operators of a storage warehouse in Pittsburgh in the

1950s. Will premiere in November.

Traders (Lifetime, Sunday 7 p.m.): Sonja Smits plays an

economics professor who becomes an investment banker in this

one-hour dramatic series about the high stakes world of high

finance. A two-hour premiere was shown Tuesday night. It moves

to its regular time slot Sunday. …

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