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But wait, still more

The cable channels and PBS chill out with series and specials.

September 17, 2006|Lynn Smith Lynn Smith | Times Staff Writer

BBC America

* Fourth season of "Wire in the Blood," finds the brilliant but eccentric profiler Dr. Tony Hill (Robson Green) confronting personal issues. Oct. 2

* "The Street," a new drama series about residents of a North England neighborhood. Oct. 3

* "Viva Blackpool: Ripley's Return" catches up with the dancing detective after he discovers God. Oct. 28

* "Fat Friends," a new dramedy about a diet club in which weighty issues arise. Nov. 2

* Four young nurses misbehave off duty in the new comedy series "No Angels." Nov. 5

* "Vincent," a new series about a rogue private investigator in London's Underground. Nov. 6

* The new documentary series "Paparazzi" follows the paps to parties where they try to snap Gwyneth Paltrow, Brangelina, etc. Nov. 8

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Wednesday September 20, 2006 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 43 words Type of Material: Correction
'Ten Items or Less': An article in Sunday's Calendar section about new series coming to PBS and cable this fall said the comedy "Ten Items or Less" would premiere on the TBS cable channel on Nov. 6. The show will premiere Nov. 27.
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday September 24, 2006 Home Edition Sunday Calendar Part E Page 2 Calendar Desk 1 inches; 39 words Type of Material: Correction
"Ten Items or Less": An article last Sunday about new series coming to PBS and cable this fall incorrectly said the comedy "Ten Items or Less" would premiere on TBS on Nov. 6. The show will premiere Nov. 27.

* "Afterlife," a new six-part thriller about a skeptical psychologist intrigued by a psychic. Nov. 21

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Bravo

* "Top Chef" returns Oct. 18 with Padma Lakshmi, food writer and wife of Salman Rushdie, replacing Katie Lee Joel, food writer and wife of Billy Joel.

* "Funny Girls," a new series of specials featuring Joan Rivers, Paula Poundstone and Caroline Rhea. October

* "Real Housewives of Orange County" returns in December.

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Cartoon Network

* "Class of 3000," a new animated series about a group of musically gifted kids and an unlikely visitor (voiced by Andre Benjamin). November

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Comedy Central

* "Freak Show," a new animated half-hour show about the misadventures of carnival freaks secretly employed as second-rate superheroes to undertake the Pentagon's low-priority missions. Oct. 4

* "Indecision 2006: Battlefield Ohio: The Daily Show's Midwest Midterm Midtacular" airs nightly Oct. 30 through Nov. 2 with Jon Stewart.

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The Food Network

* A new cooking extravaganza with Southern belle Paula Dean, "Paula's Party," debuts in prime time. Sept. 29

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Hallmark Channel

* Strange accidents are linked to a failed space mission in the new original movie, "Final Days of Planet Earth." Oct. 14

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HBO

* "Tsunami: The Aftermath," a drama in association with BBC Two. December

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The History Channel

* Oscar De La Hoya hosts "The Mexican-American War." Sept. 29

* A three-hour special about the Pilgrims' troubled journey and the founding of Plymouth Colony: "Desperate Crossing: The Untold Story of the Mayflower." Nov. 19

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MTV

* "Little Talent Show" showcases triple threats -- amateur singer-actor-dancers compete in this reality series. Monday

* "twentyfourseven," a real-life version of HBO's "Entourage," follows seven friends: an aspiring entrepreneur and his edgy rock star brother, an actor, a record producer, a filmmaker, a club promoter and a hippie reggae singer. The unscripted series debuts in November.

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National Geographic

* Reports on "Jonestown Suicides," "LA Riots" and "Saddam's Reign." October

* "The Dog Whisperer" returns for Season 3 in October.

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Sci Fi

* Perpetually unexplained mysteries -- the afterlife, voodoo, paranormal hotspots -- are explored by experts in the new series "Sci Fi Investigates." Oct. 11

* Peter Krause ("Six Feet Under") stars as a homicide detective caught up in supernatural events beyond his control in the new sci-fi thriller series "The Lost Room." December

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Starz

* "Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Movie," a documentary featuring director Wes Craven and others on Friday the 13th in October.

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TBS

* "Ten Items or Less," a new ensemble improvised comedy set in a mom-and-pop grocery store. Nov. 6

* "My Boys," a new comedy series about a tomboy sportswriter looking for love. Nov. 28

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TNT

* "The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines" -- a made-for-TV movie about protector of humanity's greatest secrets seeking the fabled King Solomon's mines with only half a map. December

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PBS

* "By the People," a documentary about what it really takes to put on an American election. Oct. 27

* "American Masters: Andy Warhol," a four-hour, two-part documentary about the misunderstood artist. Sept. 20-21

* "Masterpiece Theatre: Casanova," a two-part drama about the 18th century heartthrob. Oct. 8 and 15

* "Masterpiece Theatre: To the Ends of the Earth," a three-part adventure about a young aristocrat's seafaring journey at the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Oct. 22 and 29, and Nov. 5

* Det. Superintendent Jane Tennison investigates her final case in "Masterpiece Theatre: Prime Suspect 7." Nov. 12 and 19

-- Lynn Smith

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