Ben Whishaw, Dominic West and Romola Garai Star in “The Hour”





Ben Whishaw, Dominic West and Romola Garai Star in “The Hour,” Coming to Ovation TV on Saturday, July 17
The series is a behind-the-scenes drama and espionage thriller set in Cold War-era England that centers on a journalist, a producer, and an anchorman for an investigative news program.
[via press release from Ovation TV]
BEN WHISHAW, DOMINIC WEST AND ROMOLA GARAI STAR IN “THE HOUR,” COMING TO OVATION TV ON SATURDAY, JULY 17

Behind-the-Scenes News Drama and Espionage Thriller to Air During Mystery Alley Programming Block

Los Angeles, CA – June 9, 2021 Ovation TV, America’s only arts network, has set Saturday, July 17th as the network premiere date for the first season of the award-winning drama series The Hour. Starring Ben Whishaw (No Time to Die, FX’s Fargo), Dominic West (Stateless, The Crown), and Romola Garai (writer/director of Amulet), The Hour is a widely acclaimed original, sexy thriller set in the world of television journalism in the 1950s. The arts network will begin airing season one on Saturday, July 17 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT during the network’s Mystery Alley programming block, its linear destination that celebrates the craft of mystery storytelling.

The series is a behind-the-scenes drama and espionage thriller set in Cold War-era England that centers on a journalist, a producer, and an anchorman for an investigative news program. With the Suez Crisis brewing in the background, a small team of British journalists launches an hourlong investigative news show on BBC television called THE HOUR. Producer Bel Rowley (Romola Garai) pulls in Freddie Lyon (Ben Whishaw), the best reporter she knows, to serve as the show’s home affairs correspondent, while the handsome and charismatic Hector Madden (Dominic West) gets the coveted position of presenter.

Episode descriptions below:

Episode 101 airs Saturday, July 17 at 7pm ET

June 1956. BBC reporters and soulmates Bel Rowley and Freddie Lyon spot their opportunity to be a part of a brand new current affairs program at Lime Grove Studios. But as Freddie’s interview looms, a chance meeting with an old friend finds him pursuing a new story and thrusts him deep into the middle of a dark and dangerous conspiracy.

Episode 102 airs Saturday, July 24 at 7pm ET

The Hour is struggling; the ratings are down, the reviews are terrible and Hector and Freddie are bickering like children. As events escalate in Suez, Bel knows their only hope is to pull off a brave interview with an Egyptian diplomat but is Hector up to the challenge? Meanwhile Freddie discovers a mysterious code which may well provide a clue to Ruth’s death.

Episode 103 airs Saturday, July 31 at 7pm ET

A weekend invite to a shooting party at Hector’s in-laws gives Freddie an opportunity to quiz Adam Le Ray on his relationship with Ruth, whilst Hector struggles with his ailing marriage and his growing feelings for Bel. At the office, suspicion about Tom Kish is mounting and Isaac’s on the case.

Episode 104 airs Saturday, August 7 at 7pm ET

It’s Freddie’s birthday and the effects of Tom’s death are still being felt around the newsroom. Two huge news stories are breaking but Freddie’s disappeared and it’s a newly confident Hector who’s leading the charge. Meanwhile Bel and Hector’s affair gathers steam and Isaac’s got his eye on Sissy.

Episode 105 airs Saturday, August 14 at 7pm ET

The war in Suez has the country divided and McCain steps up his pressure on The Hour to tow a pro-government line but with a huge anti-war protest gathering in London, Freddie has other ideas. Meanwhile pressure mounts on Bel and Hector when news of their affair gets out and Lix helps Freddie with an important lead.

Episode 106 airs Saturday, August 21 at 7pm ET

The Hour is about to go live and there are tensions for all as they prepare to defy government instruction and deliver a controversial episode on the crisis in Suez. Freddie finally learns what happened to Ruth, and Hector and Bel come to a decision on their affair.

Episodes will be available on demand and on the Ovation NOW app the following day.

About OVATION TV America’s Only Arts Network

As an independent television, production, and digital media company, OVATION TV has an unparalleled commitment to the arts, culture, and captivating entertainment. Showcasing a lineup of critically-acclaimed premium dramas, specials, documentaries, and iconic films, OVATION TV salutes innovative storytelling with popular programming that includes Inside the Actors Studio, Murdoch Mysteries, Riviera, Frankie Drake Mysteries, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, The Fall, Luther, Midsomer Murders, Landscape Artist of the Year, Grand Designs, Amazing Hotels, Chasing the Sun, and Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. Ovation also powers JOURNY, the dedicated streaming service where art, culture, and travel intersect. The company has provided more than $15M in contributions and in-kind support to arts institutions and arts education. Its signature advocacy platform, STAND FOR THE ARTS, includes a coalition of over 130 arts organizations, cultural institutions, and arts leaders throughout the country raising awareness about art’s positive impact, protecting access for everyone, and encouraging action on behalf of the arts. OVATION TV is available on major providers via cable, satellite and telco systems including Comcast Cable/Xfinity, DIRECTV, AT&T TV, SPECTRUM, Verizon FiOS, as well as on demand. You can follow OVATION TV on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, OvationTV.com, and through our App, OVATION NOW.



Ovation TV Sets a Summer of “Secrets & Crimes” with Monday Night Drama Series





Ovation TV Sets a Summer of “Secrets & Crimes” with Monday Night Drama Series “Street Legal,” “The Brokenwood Mysteries,” and “Mystery Road”
Episodes will air “after dark” immediately following two “Secrets & Crimes” themed films as the lead-in.
[via press release from Ovation TV]
OVATION TV SETS A SUMMER OF “SECRETS & CRIMES” WITH MONDAY NIGHT DRAMA SERIES “STREET LEGAL,” “THE BROKENWOOD MYSTERIES,” AND “MYSTERY ROAD”

Ovation Continues to Highlight International Dramas from Canada and Down Under
Los Angeles, CA – May 25, 2021 – Ovation TV, America’s only arts network, is planning a summer of ‘Secrets & Crimes’ with film and drama series pairings every Monday night. Episodes of Street Legal, The Brokenwood Mysteries, and Mystery Road will air as part of the network’s ‘Secrets and Crimes’ programming block with back-to-back films starting at 7pm ET / 4pm PT. The summer fun starts on Monday, June 7 with back-to-back episodes of Street Legal, followed by episodes of The Brokenwood Mysteries on Monday, June 28 (season one) and Monday, July 26 (season two), and the first season of Mystery Road starting on Monday, August 23.

Episodes will air “after dark” immediately following two Secrets & Crimes themed films as the lead-in. Movie titles include: The Usual Suspects, The Bank Job, Clear and Present Danger, Murder at 1600, Smokin’ Aces, Tango & Cash, The Thomas Crown Affair, American Outlaws, Pulp Fiction, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Fargo, The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, The Quick and the Dead, and The Untouchables.

Street Legal premieres on Tuesday, June 8 at 12:30am ET (Monday, June 7 at 9:30pm PT)

Olivia Novak (Cynthia Dale) returns with a new generation of lawyers in Street Legal, a character-driven legal drama that follows the professional and private lives of a group of ambitious law partners at a startup firm in Toronto. Together, they vigorously fight for their clients while testing the limits of their relationships inside and outside of the courts. The series also stars Cara Ricketts, Steve Lund, and Yvonne Chapman.

The Brokenwood Mysteries premieres on Tuesday, June 29 at 12:30am ET (Monday, June 28 at 9:30pm PT)

Detective Inspector Mike Shepherd (Neill Rea) and partner DC Kristin Sims (Fern Sutherland) watch over the New Zealand town of Brokenwood, investigating the mystifying, inventive and macabre crimes that befall it. Look beneath the peaceful veneer, and viewers will see that murder is curiously at home in Brokenwood. The series also stars Nic Sampson and Cristina Serban Ionda.

Mystery Road season one premieres on Tuesday, August 24 at 12:30am ET (Monday, August 23 at 9:30pm PT)

Detective Jay Swan (Aaron Pederson) is called to the remote Australian town of Patterson by local cop Emma James (Judy Davis) to help investigate a mysterious disappearance on an outback cattle station. The investigation uncovers a past injustice that threatens the fabric of the whole community. The six-episode season also stars Tasia Zalar and Tasma Walton.

Episodes will also be available the next day on the Ovation NOW app and on demand. For more information, please visit ovationtv.com.

About OVATION TV America’s Only Arts Network

As an independent television, production, and digital media company, OVATION TV has an unparalleled commitment to the arts, culture, and captivating entertainment. Showcasing a lineup of critically-acclaimed premium dramas, specials, documentaries, and iconic films, OVATION TV salutes innovative storytelling with popular programming that includes Inside the Actors Studio, Murdoch Mysteries, Riviera, Frankie Drake Mysteries, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, The Fall, Luther, Midsomer Murders, Landscape Artist of the Year, Grand Designs, Amazing Hotels, Chasing the Sun, and Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. Ovation also powers JOURNY, the dedicated streaming service where art, culture, and travel intersect. The company has provided more than $15M in contributions and in-kind support to arts institutions and arts education. Its signature advocacy platform, STAND FOR THE ARTS, includes a coalition of over 130 arts organizations, cultural institutions, and arts leaders throughout the country raising awareness about art’s positive impact, protecting access for everyone, and encouraging action on behalf of the arts. OVATION TV is available on major providers via cable, satellite and telco systems including Comcast Cable/Xfinity, DIRECTV, AT&T TV, SPECTRUM, Verizon FiOS, as well as on demand. You can follow OVATION TV on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, OvationTV.com, and through our App, OVATION NOW.



Ovation TV Pushes for “New Start for the Arts” with PSA Campaign





Ovation TV Pushes for “New Start for the Arts” with PSA Campaign, Calls on Congress to Include the Sector in Infrastructure Package and Increase Annual Appropriation for NEA to $1 Billion
The “New Start for the Arts” PSA campaign will premiere throughout 2021 on Ovation’s cable channel and digital properties, with over 25 organizations featured.
[via press release from Ovation TV]
Ovation TV Pushes for “New Start for the Arts” with PSA Campaign, Calls on Congress to Include the Sector in Infrastructure Package and Increase Annual Appropriation for NEA to $1 Billion

Cable network is producing 20+ PSAs for its Stand For The Arts coalition members – small, regional and non-profit arts organizations disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic

In letter to Congress, CEO Charles Segars and other industry leaders urge financial relief, citing NEA’s decades-long stagnant budget

Los Angeles, CA — April 26, 2021 — Ovation TV, the only independent television and digital media company dedicated to the arts, is helping organizations within its Stand For The Arts coalition demonstrate the essential value of the arts and their need for support with a new PSA campaign. Over the past year, the network’s coalition of mostly small, regional and non-profit arts groups has grown to over 130 organizations, as they faced decimated budgets while continuing to deliver arts education and public programming virtually amid a complete shutdown of the arts sector.

The “New Start for the Arts” PSA campaign will premiere throughout 2021 on Ovation’s cable channel and digital properties, with over 25 organizations featured. The PSAs were offered to arts organizations struggling to keep their doors open and support their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, with an emphasis on programs serving underrepresented groups and communities of color. The PSAs highlight the work being done by small arts organizations and illustrate the need to support and uplift their causes with increased funding and representation at a federal policy level.

The first few videos feature Chicago’s 3Arts, which supports women, BIPOC, and deaf and disabled creators; Los Angeles’ WriteGirl, which pairs teen writers with professional mentors; Orlando’s Creative City Project, which cultivates a thriving arts community by creating meaningful shared experiences in public spaces; and Virginia’s Riverview Artspace, a collaborative art center that supports local emerging artists.

Coinciding with the launch of the PSA series, Ovation TV CEO Charles Segars, President and CEO of The Music Center in Los Angeles, Rachel Moore, and Pierre Gervois, artist and award-winning documentary producer, sent a letter this week to President Biden and congressional leaders urging them to prioritize the arts sector at the federal level. While arts industry leaders appreciate the inclusion of $135 million in relief funds for both the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in the recent American Rescue Plan, they also know that a much larger investment is needed. Not only so the industry can survive the economic blow of the pandemic, but to bring it in line with its economic value in a post-pandemic world.

In their letter, these industry leaders outlined what a “New Start for the Arts” must include: a $1 billion annual appropriation for the NEA, with a minimum 5% increase each year to bring its budget more in line with the economic value of the industry, and installing a Secretary of Arts & Culture to guide the sector’s economic potential moving forward, a move also recommended in the Put Creative Workers to Work (PCWW) proposal. The group is calling for a “New Start for the Arts” to begin immediately through including PCWW, as well as all contours of the Defend Arts Workers Now (DAWN) Act, in the proposed $2 trillion upcoming jobs and infrastructure stimulus package.

Charles Segars, CEO of Ovation TV and founder of Stand For The Arts, writes in his letter to Congress: “As we look forward, our recovery strategy must go beyond providing financial relief for Americans and struggling businesses. If President Biden truly wants to build America back better, it’s time the arts sector is recognized not only for its cultural and entertainment value, but for its critical role in our nation’s economy and its value to the global creative ecosystem. We need a new start for the arts and in turn, we will see this sector continue to grow America’s GDP and help other industries thrive as well. The arts are the epicenter that drive local hospitality and dining, retail, transportation, and more, in every single state and every single country.”

Federal funding for the NEA has remained nearly stagnant for over 40 years, since 1980. It topped out at around $175 million under President George H.W. Bush in the early 1990’s, hovered around $150 million during President Barack Obama’s tenure, and was increased slightly to $162 million in 2020. By comparison, the Department of Defense’s military band budget reached almost half a billion dollars as recently as 2016, the Department of Agriculture budget stands at $129 billion and the Department of Transportation at $88 billion.

Meanwhile, the arts are an $919.7 billion dollar industry in the U.S., a larger economic driver than agriculture, transportation or construction, and account for an astounding 4.5% of the nation’s GDP each year. Considering an average NEA endowment of $165 million in the last few years, that’s a 531,415% return on investment. Increasing the NEA’s appropriation to $1 billion would bring it roughly in line with the Small Business Administration’s 2021 budget of $871 million, and the $44 billion called for in the DAWN Act amounts to just over 2% of the proposed $2 trillion in spending on the next stimulus.

Before the pandemic, even while their work bolstered the economy and defined the culture, little investment was being made in artists’ mental, physical and financial well-being. With so many already struggling, COVID-19 has devastated the arts community. During the pandemic, over 2.7 million arts workers lost their jobs, and right now, 63% of arts workers report that they are still fully unemployed and 94% report individual income losses averaging $23,500.

Far from a partisan issue, the arts are central to the economic ecosystem in every state: a $407 billion industry in California, $37 billion in Florida, $24 billion in Georgia, $46 billion in Texas and $15 billion in North Carolina. Supporting the NEA with appropriate funding to reflect the massive industry the arts truly is will see benefits across the country. Arts workers with organizations under the Stand For The Arts coalition have joined together to speak out about the essential importance of art in our culture:

“To me, art heals. As a writer, art has a cathartic, healing quality and as a consumer, art within entertainment gives me joy – especially in these dark times,” said Khaila Amazan, filmmaker and alumna of WriteGirl, a nonprofit creative writing organization for teen girls. “No matter what the form is, art is so important for both the creator and consumer that supporting the arts is necessary to heal our society. It is vital that artists are given the resources they need to continue creating, and it’s up to the federal government to helm that responsibility.”

“The arts are the backbone to our greatest memories. They get us through tough times. Yet in our culture, a disconnect still exists. We value the arts, but too often overlook that artists are workers who need a living wage to survive,” said Sandra Delgado, 3Arts award-winning Chicago theater artist and playwright. “When performing arts venues closed last year, I not only lost income and connections to my audience. It also shook my sense of purpose. Still, I know I am not alone. As artists, we create because we have to – because we want to share our gifts, because we want to spark connection and compassion, and also because it is our job. We need our government and the public to support artists right now, to build new pathways to ensure artists can do what we are meant to, enriching all our lives.”

“Dance is the art of what we experience and express with the life and bodies we are given. In sharing through art, we come together to move, be moved, and feel alive — no matter how far apart we may find ourselves. Although it may be unquantifiable in the immediate, it is invaluable to all in the broader scope of humanity,” said Kyla Barkin, Founding and Artistic Director of Barkin/Selissen Project, a contemporary dance company based in New York City.

“The arts encourage interaction, accessibility, exploration, dialogue and also healing, of which we are in need of as a nation, today more than ever,” said Kim Soerensen, Executive Director of Riverviews Artspace in Lynchburg, VA. “To invest in the arts, you are investing in humanity and a more deeply connected, healthy and vibrant community. If not for that, investing in the arts is also a smart financial decision. In the pre-Covid era, the second largest global GDP was the arts, after oil and before the automotive industry. This documents that the arts are not only a worthwhile but essential economic driver.”

“I am sure I speak for many in the arts sector when I say we are grateful for the increased Federal support for the arts to help bring us through the pandemic. But now is the time to innovate, to reinvigorate the industry and establish new ways to create, access, and experience art,” said Stephen Butler, Executive Director of CNY Arts in Syracuse, NY. “This sector is essential to every citizen’s quality of life and is a major economic driver in towns and cities across the country as well as a major part of our GDP. Our children, families, and friends from all communities throughout the United States are uplifted by and through their experiences with the arts. Supporting the arts is an investment in our country’s future and we stand with Ovation and Stand For The Arts to create a cabinet-level Arts and Culture secretary and an annual allocation of $1 billion for the NEA.”

To get involved, go to www.StandForTheArts.com.

About OVATION TV America’s Only Arts Network

As an independent television, production, and digital media company, OVATION TV has an unparalleled commitment to the arts, culture, and captivating entertainment. Showcasing a lineup of critically acclaimed premium dramas, specials, documentaries, and iconic films, OVATION TV salutes innovative storytelling with popular programming that includes Inside the Actors Studio, Murdoch Mysteries, Riviera, Frankie Drake Mysteries, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, The Fall, Luther, Midsomer Murders, Landscape Artist of the Year, Grand Designs, Amazing Hotels, Chasing the Sun, and Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. Ovation also powers JOURNY, the dedicated streaming service where art, culture, and travel intersect. The company has provided more than $15M in contributions and in-kind support to arts institutions and arts education. Its signature advocacy platform, STAND FOR THE ARTS, includes a coalition of over 130 arts organizations, cultural institutions, and arts leaders throughout the country raising awareness about art’s positive impact, protecting access for everyone, and encouraging action on behalf of the arts. OVATION TV is available on major providers via cable, satellite and telco systems including Comcast Cable/Xfinity, DIRECTV, AT&T TV, SPECTRUM, Verizon FiOS, as well as on demand. You can follow OVATION TV on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, OvationTV.com, and through our App, OVATION NOW.



Ovation TV Sets Sail for “Riviera” Season Two on Saturday May 8





Ovation TV Sets Sail for “Riviera” Season Two on Saturday May 8
As previously announced, Ovation TV, America’s only arts network, has acquired the U.S. broadcast rights for the second season of the Julia Stiles-led drama series.
[via press release from Ovation TV]
OVATION TV SETS SAIL FOR “RIVIERA” SEASON TWO ON SATURDAY, MAY 8

Series Starring Julia Stiles, Will Arnett & Lena Olin to Lead Mystery Alley Programming Block

Los Angeles, CA – April 7, 2021 As previously announced, Ovation TV, America’s only arts network, has acquired the U.S. broadcast rights for the second season of the Julia Stiles-led drama series Riviera. After a successful first season, the thrilling drama series, set in the art world, will begin airing season two on Saturday, May 8 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT during the network’s Mystery Alley programming block. Launched in August 2020, Mystery Alley is Ovation TV’s Saturday night linear destination that celebrates the craft of mystery storytelling; from the intricate plots, complex characters, to visual style and cliffhangers.

In the second season of Riviera, Georgina (Julia Stiles) tries to find a way to live with her actions from the season one finale, but secrets from her past wash up on the sandy shores of the Cote d’Azur that force her to explore her turbulent childhood against her will. Following an unprecedented and unavoidable visit to her childhood home, Georgina returns with a refreshed sense of self to re-establish her power and position in the family alongside her charismatic confidant, uncle Jeff (Will Arnett).

Georgina very quickly becomes acquainted with the Eltham family, an English dynasty that sail in to the Cote d’Azur providing its shores with a dose of new money and glamour. She goes on to form relationships with the whole family, some that appear genuine from the outset and others that unravel around her as secrets, old and new, become exposed. Joining returning cast members Lena Olin, Dimitri Leonidas, and Roxane Duran are new cast members Juliet Stevenson, Poppy Delevingne, Jack Fox and Alex Hanipekum.

Viewers tuning in to Riviera will also be presented with behind-the-scenes featurettes, highlighting the series’ bold female characters, new cast members, and deeper insight on the dramatic storylines of the new season; including the Shakespearean drama that unfolds due to the conflict between the two families, and the timeless battle between new money vs. old money. The featurettes will be broadcast on-air, with extended versions on the Ovation NOW app.

Season two episode descriptions below:

Episode 201 airs Saturday, May 8 at 7pm ET

Caught in the eye of a torrential rainstorm hours after disposing of a body, a distressed Georgina is pulled from the sea by Raafi Al-Qadar, a wealthy businessman on honeymoon with his wife Daphne.

Episode 202 airs Saturday, May 15 at 7pm ET

Christos chairs the first meeting of the Clios bank’s shareholders as CEO, but is warned that only his resignation to allow a new figurehead to take over the reins will secure the bank’s future. Georgina is taken aback when the police arrive to question Daphne and Nico over the death of Raoul. Irina begins to become increasingly suspicious of Georgina’s involvement in Adam’s disappearance.

Episode 203 airs Saturday, May 22 at 7pm ET

Georgina returns home to New York for her father’s funeral, with a skeptical Irina and Adriana in tow, who are determined to find out why she claimed her father died years ago. With the help of her uncle Jeff (Will Arnett), Georgina tries to unravel the truth about what really happened to her mother twenty-five years ago.

Episode 204 airs Saturday, May 29 at 7pm ET

Irina and Georgina come head to head when a body wrapped in a sail bag washes ashore. Unable to keep her silence any longer, Georgina finally reveals the truth about what happened to Adam – but warns Irena that revealing the truth may destroy what little is left of the Clios empire.

Episode 205 airs Saturday, June 5 at 7pm ET

Georgina and Noah continue the search for the stolen Vermeer, with a little help from Georgina’s contacts on the black market. Irina informs the family of her decision to declare Adam officially missing.

Episode 206 airs Saturday, June 12 at 7pm ET

Georgina confesses the truth to a horrified Jeff. While he confronts a distraught Irina over her behavior, Cassandra’s secret finally gets out. Georgina is called to the fort where she comes face to face with Constantine.

Episode 207 airs Saturday, June 19 at 7pm ET

Georgina uses Raoul’s memorial to channel her grief over Constantine’s death, while Nico sets his sights on the Clios empire, dropping a bombshell which threatens to explode the family. And Georgina learns Noah isn’t all he seems to be…

Episode 208 airs Saturday, June 26 at 7pm ET

Georgina has to reveal the truth about Constantine to the family to try and protect the Clios empire from Nico. The ensuing chaos leads Georgina to resort to desperate measures.

Episode 209 airs Saturday, July 3 at 7pm ET

Georgina learns the truth about Nico – but as she homes in on the proof, events take a horrifying turn. Jeff’s loyalty to Georgina is pushed to its limit, while Irina threatens to crack under pressure as the family’s suspicions grow.

Episode 210 airs Saturday, July 10 at 7pm ET

With Irina gravely ill, Georgina sees the terrible damage that her lies and actions have caused the family. Adriana reels with guilt and runs to the Elthams, while Christos begins to piece together the jigsaw puzzle of Georgina’s lies.

Episodes will be available on demand and on the Ovation NOW app the following day.

About OVATION TV America’s Only Arts Network

As an independent television, production, and digital media company, OVATION TV has an unparalleled commitment to the arts, culture, and captivating entertainment. Showcasing a lineup of critically-acclaimed premium dramas, specials, documentaries, and iconic films, OVATION TV salutes innovative storytelling with popular programming that includes Inside the Actors Studio, Murdoch Mysteries, Riviera, Frankie Drake Mysteries, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, The Fall, Luther, Midsomer Murders, Landscape Artist of the Year, Grand Designs, Amazing Hotels, Chasing the Sun, and Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. Ovation also powers JOURNY, the dedicated streaming service where art, culture, and travel intersect. The company has provided more than $15M in contributions and in-kind support to arts institutions and arts education. Its signature advocacy platform, STAND FOR THE ARTS, includes a coalition of over 130 arts organizations, cultural institutions, and arts leaders throughout the country raising awareness about art’s positive impact, protecting access for everyone, and encouraging action on behalf of the arts. OVATION TV is available on major providers via cable, satellite and telco systems including Comcast Cable/Xfinity, DIRECTV, AT&T TV, SPECTRUM, Verizon FiOS, as well as on demand. You can follow OVATION TV on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, OvationTV.com, and through our App, OVATION NOW.



Elizabeth Mitchell and Goran Visnjic Join Donald Sutherland in U.S. Television Premiere of “Crossing Lines”





Elizabeth Mitchell and Goran Visnjic Join Donald Sutherland in U.S. Television Premiere of “Crossing Lines” Season Three on Ovation TV
As previously announced, the second season started on Ovation TV on January 11.
[via press release from Ovation TV]
ELIZABETH MITCHELL AND GORAN VISNJIC JOIN DONALD SUTHERLAND IN U.S. TELEVISION PREMIERE OF “CROSSING LINES” SEASON THREE ON OVATION TV

Coming Off of Seasons One and Two, Season Three Episodes Will Air Back-to-Back Every Monday Night Starting February 8 As Part of the Network’s “Secrets and Crimes” Programming Block

Los Angeles, CA – January 21, 2021 – Actors Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost) and Goran Visnjic (ER) are joining Donald Sutherland for the U.S. television premiere of Crossing Lines season three, coming to Ovation TV, America’s only arts network next month. The arts network recently aired the first season in December 2020; as previously announced, the second season started on Ovation TV on January 11. Mitchell and Visnjic join returning cast members Tom Wlaschiha (Game of Thrones) and Lara Rossi (The Watch) for the third season. The season 3 premiere of Crossing Lines will air on Monday, February 8 at 10pm ET / 7pm PT.

Episodes will air back-to-back on Monday nights as part of the network’s Secrets and Crimes programming block, which airs Monday evenings starting with a film at 7pm ET / 4pm PT. Back-to-back episodes of Crossing Lines will air immediately following a Secrets and Crimes themed film as the lead-in. Lead-in movie titles include: Angels and Demons, Minority Report, Absolute Power, Die Another Day, The Saint, and Collateral.

Based in The Hague, the series follows the International Criminal Court’s special crime unit. The show’s third season is set six months after the season two finale, in which Major Louis Daniel (Marc Lavoine) was shot. Michel Dorn (Sutherland) has to bring the team back together, with new additions Marco Corazza (Visnjic) and Carine Strand (Mitchell), after one of his prosecutors goes missing.

Episode descriptions are below:

Season Three

Episode 1 “Redux” airs Monday, February 8 at 10pm ET

Six months later, one of Dorn’s (Donald Sutherland) top prosecutors vanishes and he must reactivate the ICC team to find her. Kidnapping expert Marco (Goran Visnjic) and Carine (Elizabeth Mitchell), a skilled investigator, are new team members joining Sebastian (Tom Wlaschiha) and Arabela (Lara Rossi).

· 7pm ET lead-in movie: Angels & Demons

Episode 2 “Whistleblower” airs Monday, February 8 at 11pm ET

New evidence leads the team to re-evaluate their prime suspect and pay close attention to Sophie (Michelle Fairley)’s undercover informant.

Episode 3 “Dragon” airs Monday, February 15 at 10:30pm ET

When tragedy befalls a private European school, the cross-borders unit uncovers evidence of a much more complicated truth.

· 7pm ET lead-in movie: Minority Report

Episode 4 “In Loco Parentis” airs Monday, February 15 at 11:30pm ET

All is not as it appears when the unit travels to Italy to investigate the assassination of a well-connected anti-Mafia court official.

Episode 5 “Recoil” airs Monday, February 22 at 10pm ET

When a known murderer restarts his killing spree, a twist of events leads the team to investigate a group espousing social justice.

· 7pm ET lead-in movie: Absolute Power

Episode 6 “Executioner” airs Monday, February 22 at 11pm ET

A known criminal is attacked but dies from a contagious disease rather than his wounds leading the team to track down everyone in contact with him.

Episode 7 “Lost and Found” airs Monday, March 1 at 10pm ET

When the ICC take on the case of a young girl believed to be a victim of human trafficking, clues lead to a dark and disturbing revelation.

· 7pm ET lead-in movie: Die Another Day

Episode 8 “Heat” airs Monday, March 1 at 11pm ET

Carine (Elizabeth Mitchell) clashes with Dorn (Donald Sutherland)’s former colleague when he’s brought in on a new case: a cargo of highly radioactive material stolen from a nuclear plant.

Episode 9 “Expose” airs Monday, March 8 at 9:30pm ET

A journalist known for lifestyle puff pieces is on the verge of breaking an important investigative story to Dorn (Donald Sutherland)’s unit, but ends up a murder victim.

· 7pm ET lead-in movie: The Saint

Episode 10 “Enemy of the People” airs Monday, March 8 at 10:30pm ET

An investigation into the deaths of officials working on a hydroelectric project raises suspicion about a conspiracy and exposes a contractor.

Episode 11 “Penalty” airs Monday, March 15 at 10pm ET

A Polish football club is attacked when a pipe bomb explodes in their locker room, killing two and injuring six, but investigators are unsure if it’s a case of terrorism or a hate crime.

· 7pm ET lead-in movie: Collateral

Episode 12 “Obscura” airs Monday, March 15 at 11pm ET

A retired Russian assassin seeks vengeance against leaders of a fanatic right-wing political party and the ICC team must protect her next victim.

Episodes will also be available on demand and on the Ovation NOW app the following day.

About OVATION TV America’s Only Arts Network

As an independent television, production, and digital media company, OVATION TV has an unparalleled commitment to the arts, culture, and captivating entertainment. Showcasing a lineup of critically-acclaimed premium dramas, specials, documentaries, and iconic films, OVATION TV salutes innovative storytelling with popular programming that includes Inside the Actors Studio, Murdoch Mysteries, Riviera, Frankie Drake Mysteries, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, The Fall, Luther, Midsomer Murders, Landscape Artist of the Year, Grand Designs, Amazing Hotels, Chasing the Sun, and Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. Ovation also powers JOURNY, the dedicated streaming service where art, culture, and travel intersect. The company has provided more than $15M in contributions and in-kind support to arts institutions and arts education. Its signature advocacy platform, STAND FOR THE ARTS, includes a coalition of over 60 arts organizations, cultural institutions, and arts leaders throughout the country raising awareness about art’s positive impact, protecting access for everyone, and encouraging action on behalf of the arts. OVATION TV is available on major providers via cable, satellite and telco systems including Comcast Cable/Xfinity, DIRECTV/AT&T U-verse, SPECTRUM, Verizon FiOS, as well as on demand. You can follow OVATION TV on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, OvationTV.com, and through our App, OVATION NOW.



Ovation TV Heads Back to “Riviera” with Julia Stiles for Season Two





Ovation TV Heads Back to “Riviera” with Julia Stiles for Season Two
The thrilling drama series, set in the art world, will air on Saturday nights during the Mystery Alley programming block.
[via press release from Ovation TV]
OVATION TV HEADS BACK TO “RIVIERA” WITH JULIA STILES FOR SEASON TWO

Will Arnett, Juliet Stevenson and Poppy Delevingne Join the Series

Los Angeles, CA – January 12, 2021 Ovation TV, America’s only arts network, has acquired the U.S. broadcast rights for the second season of the Julia Stiles-led drama series Riviera (10 x 60′) following a deal with NBCUniversal Global Distribution. The thrilling drama series, set in the art world, will air on Saturday nights during the Mystery Alley programming block. The announcement was made today by Scott Woodward, EVP Programming and Production, Ovation TV.

The second season of Riviera immediately picks up from the shocking season 1 finale, with Georgina (Julia Stiles) focused on trying to get away with murder as she fights to retain power within the Clios household and her position at the top of the elusive art world. She must also contend with new arrivals: the Eltham family, a dynasty who sail in to the shores of the Côte d’Azur with secrets of their own. Meanwhile, Georgina is reunited with her charismatic uncle and we learn more about the troubled past she left behind in America. She also becomes entangled with a handsome and mysterious man. Joining the cast this season are Will Arnett, Juliet Stevenson, Poppy Delevingne, Jack Fox, Alex Lanipekun and Gregory Fitoussi; returning cast includes Lena Olin, Roxanne Duran and Dimitri Leonidas.

“The first season of Riviera was a huge success and really connected with our audience; the series is a great combination of art and mystery,” said Woodward. “Ovation TV continues to air premium, international dramas that feature fascinating characters and compelling storytelling.”

A Sky Original, Riviera is produced by Archery Pictures and Primo Productions, in association with Altice Studios and Sky Studios. Kris Thykier, Paul McGuinness and Cameron Roach for Sky serve as executive producers.

The second season of Riviera will air on Ovation TV in May 2021. NBCUniversal Global Distribution handles international sales for the series on behalf of Sky Studios.

About OVATION TV America’s Only Arts Network

As an independent television, production, and digital media company, OVATION TV has an unparalleled commitment to the arts, culture, and captivating entertainment. Showcasing a lineup of critically-acclaimed premium dramas, specials, documentaries, and iconic films, OVATION TV salutes innovative storytelling with popular programming that includes Inside the Actors Studio, Murdoch Mysteries, Riviera, Frankie Drake Mysteries, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, The Fall, Luther, Midsomer Murders, Landscape Artist of the Year, Grand Designs, Amazing Hotels, Chasing the Sun, and Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. Ovation also powers JOURNY, the dedicated streaming service where art, culture, and travel intersect. The company has provided more than $15M in contributions and in-kind support to arts institutions and arts education. Its signature advocacy platform, STAND FOR THE ARTS, includes a coalition of over 60 arts organizations, cultural institutions, and arts leaders throughout the country raising awareness about art’s positive impact, protecting access for everyone, and encouraging action on behalf of the arts. OVATION TV is available on major providers via cable, satellite and telco systems including Comcast Cable/Xfinity, DIRECTV/AT&T U-verse, SPECTRUM, Verizon FiOS, as well as on demand. You can follow OVATION TV on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, OvationTV.com, and through our App, OVATION NOW.

About Sky Studios

Sky Studios brings to screen unique stories from the very best talent in Europe. We develop, produce and fund original drama, comedy and documentary for Sky’s 24m customers and beyond. Building on the success of critically-acclaimed Sky originals including Emmy-winning Chernobyl, Bafta-winning Patrick Melrose and international hits Das Boot, Riviera and Britannia, Sky Studios is the new creative home of Sky Originals, such as The Third Day with Jude Law, I Hate Suzie, co-created by Lucy Prebble and Billie Piper and BAFTA-nominated hit comedy, Brassic. We’re an agile Studio, seeking out the best untold stories from new voices while working in creative partnership with today’s best writers, producers and on-screen talent to bring viewers stories they wouldn’t find anywhere else. With commissioning talent and production capability across the UK, Germany and Italy, we understand local tastes across Europe better than anyone else and have plans to more than double our investment in original content by 2024, fully supported and backed by Comcast NBC Universal. We’re also developing a new TV and movie studio, Sky Studios Elstree, which is expected to lead to the creation of over 2,000 new jobs and generate an additional £3 billion of production investment in UK creative sector in the first five years alone. Sky Studios invests in the cultural economy and global production sector with equity stakes in several production companies in the UK and the US, including Great British Bake-Off creator Love Productions, and the premiere reality crime producer in the US, Jupiter Entertainment, creator of long-running hit Snapped. Sky Studios has invested in high quality factual specialists Blast Films and True North Productions; entertainment and format expert Znak & Co (US & UK); natural history producer True to Nature; drama producers The Lighthouse and Longboat Pictures; and growth businesses Sugar Films, Chrysalis Vision, and Talos Films (US). Sky Studios launched in June 2019. The senior leadership team is Chief Executive Officer Gary Davey, Chief Content Officer Jane Millichip, Chief Operating Officer Caroline Cooper, Director of Drama UK Cameron Roach, Director of Comedy UK Jon Mountague, Director Original Production Sky Italia Nils Hartmann, and Director Original Productions Sky Deutschland Marcus Ammon.

About NBCUniversal Global Distribution

NBCUniversal Global Distribution is responsible for the licensing and distribution of NBCUniversal product to all forms of television and new media platforms in the U.S., Canada and in over 200 territories internationally. NBCUniversal’s content portfolio includes a vast and diverse library of more than 4,500 feature films and 120,000 television episodes, including current and classic titles, non-scripted programming, kids, sports, news, long-form and short-form programming from Universal Pictures, Focus Features, Universal Television, UCP, NBCUniversal International Studios, Sky Studios, NBC Late Night properties, DreamWorks Animation, Telemundo, and more, as well as locally produced content from around the world. Global Distribution is a division of Comcast NBCUniversal.



FILMED DURING THE PANDEMIC, “MURDOCH MYSTERIES” RETURNS TO OVATION TV





Filmed During the Pandemic, “Murdoch Mysteries” Returns to Ovation TV for the U.S. Television Premiere of a Remarkable Fourteenth Season
The new season, which consists of 11 episodes, will begin airing in the U.S. on Ovation TV on Saturday, February 20.
[via press release from Ovation TV]
FILMED DURING THE PANDEMIC, “MURDOCH MYSTERIES” RETURNS TO OVATION TV FOR THE U.S. TELEVISION PREMIERE OF A REMARKABLE FOURTEENTH SEASON

Episodes Will Air on Saturday Nights Starting February 20; Series Star Yannick Bisson Returns to the Director’s Chair for Two Episodes

Seasons Eleven to Thirteen Now Available Free to All on Mystery Alley via the Ovation NOW App

Los Angeles, CA – January 11, 2021 Ovation TV, America’s only arts network, celebrates the return of one of its most successful series, Murdoch Mysteries, with the exclusive U.S. television premiere of season 14. Adhering to strict health and safety protocols, the long-running drama series filmed in Toronto during the coronavirus pandemic. The new season, which consists of 11 episodes, will begin airing in the U.S. on Ovation TV on Saturday, February 20, 2021. Episodes will air at 7pm ET / 4pm PT, as part of the network’s Mystery Alley programming block on Saturday nights; episodes will be available to cable subscribers on demand and the Ovation NOW app the following day.

Season 14 will continue to explore new developments in the lives of Detective William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson), Dr. Julia Ogden (Hélène Joy), Inspector Thomas Brackenreid (Thomas Craig), Constables George Crabtree (Jonny Harris), Henry Higgins-Newsome (Lachlan Murdoch) Violet Hart (Shanice Banton) and Detective Llewelyn Watts (Daniel Maslany) as they tackle Toronto’s toughest mysteries, from the serious and historic to the comical and unusual. Returning cast members also include Arwen Humphreys, and Siobhan Murphy. In the first episode alone, historic character highlights include a young Charlie Chaplin, Stan Laurel and Buster Keaton.

Star Yannick Bisson returns to the director’s chair for the first two episodes of the season. Other episodes will be directed by Peter Mitchell, Gary Harvey, Warren Sonoda, Mina Shum and Ruba Nadda.

The year is 1908 as season fourteen of the internationally acclaimed series begins. Detective Murdoch continues his inventive detective work with Ogden’s unflinching support even after an investigation leads him to a family member that he never knew about. Brackenreid and Margaret’s marriage, now on the mend, is tested once more, and Crabtree’s relationship with Effie Newsome is threatened by a potentially volatile interloper. Family relations also loom large for Higgins now that Ruth is pregnant. Unfortunately, Watts’ secret love affair faces dangerous scrutiny, while Violet Hart’s now public liaison with a wealthy playboy causes social outrage.

For viewers that need to catch up on past seasons, Ovation TV has made seasons eleven, twelve, and thirteen available and free to watch under the Mystery Alley banner on the Ovation NOW app and at http://www.ovationtv.com/watch. These seasons are available now and will be available throughout season fourteen’s run.

Murdoch Mysteries is based on Maureen Jennings’s popular Detective Murdoch series of novels and premiered in Canada in January 2008. Murdoch Mysteries is executive produced by Christina Jennings, Scott Garvie, Yannick Bisson, Hélène Joy, and Peter Mitchell, who also serves as showrunner, and produced by Stephen Montgomery and Julie Lacey. Murdoch Mysteries is developed and produced by Shaftesbury, in association with CBC, ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment and UKTV, and with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, the IPF’s COGECO Television Production Fund, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, and Ontario Creates. Shaftesbury Sales Company and ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment hold worldwide distribution rights for the series.

About OVATION TV America’s Only Arts Network

As an independent television, production, and digital media company, OVATION TV has an unparalleled commitment to the arts, culture, and captivating entertainment. Showcasing a lineup of critically-acclaimed premium dramas, specials, documentaries, and iconic films, OVATION TV salutes innovative storytelling with popular programming that includes Inside the Actors Studio, Murdoch Mysteries, Riviera, Frankie Drake Mysteries, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, The Fall, Luther, Midsomer Murders, Landscape Artist of the Year, Grand Designs, Amazing Hotels, Chasing the Sun, and Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. Ovation also powers JOURNY, the dedicated streaming service where art, culture, and travel intersect. The company has provided more than $15M in contributions and in-kind support to arts institutions and arts education. Its signature advocacy platform, STAND FOR THE ARTS, includes a coalition of over 60 arts organizations, cultural institutions, and arts leaders throughout the country raising awareness about art’s positive impact, protecting access for everyone, and encouraging action on behalf of the arts. OVATION TV is available on major providers via cable, satellite and telco systems including Comcast Cable/Xfinity, DIRECTV/AT&T U-verse, SPECTRUM, Verizon FiOS, as well as on demand. You can follow OVATION TV on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, OvationTV.com, and through our App, OVATION NOW.



Ovation TV Put $1 Million Behind COVID Relief for Arts Sector in 2020





Ovation TV Put $1 Million Behind COVID Relief for Arts Sector in 2020, Pledges to Continue Investment Next Year by Offering Struggling Organizations Free Airtime
Stand For The Arts, Ovation’s national advocacy platform, represents hundreds of regional arts organizations and venues across the country.
[via press release from Ovation TV]
Ovation TV Put $1 Million Behind COVID Relief for Arts Sector in 2020, Pledges to Continue Investment Next Year by Offering Struggling Organizations Free Airtime

Looking ahead to a Biden administration, the cable arts network invites struggling regional arts venues to use their national platforms for free PSAs, as they continue digital campaign and lobbying lawmakers on next stimulus

Nationwide — Ovation TV, the only independent television and digital media company dedicated to the arts, released a series of new PSAs airing on its channels nationwide, including a spot featuring Misty Copeland’s Swans for Relief effort to raise funds for dancers who are in financial need due to COVID-19. The ads, running across Ovation’s owned media platforms, including a 40 million cable TV footprint and over 200 million connected devices, are meant to bring attention to the arts industry’s current financial crisis. The PSAs were part of the company’s $1 million investment during 2020, which also included lobbying and digital campaign efforts, to push Congress to prioritize the struggling arts sector as it eyes a second stimulus package before the end of the year.

As a new administration enters the White House in January, Ovation TV is now inviting struggling arts organizations from across the country to join its Stand For The Arts Coalition and apply to have Ovation produce similar PSAs for them. The PSAs will run across Ovation’s cable and digital platforms beginning in 2021, meant to raise awareness for the distressed arts sector, as well as assist in crucial fundraising efforts to save organizations from permanent closure and bring arts workers back to work.

Stand For The Arts, Ovation’s national advocacy platform, represents hundreds of regional arts organizations and venues across the country. Existing member organizations will be contacted by Ovation and receive instructions on how to apply for a PSA spot. Any arts organization interested in joining Stand For The Arts should email sfta@ovationtv.com by Sunday, December 6, 2020, in order to be eligible. Priority will be given to those organizations who are at-risk of permanent closure due to COVID-19, did not qualify for PPP under the CARES Act or have needed to cut programming and lay off their arts workers.

Earlier this year, the cable arts network endorsed the grassroots, worker-led Be An #ArtsHero campaign, which quickly grew a coalition of arts workers, institutions, and celebrities since the start of the pandemic, and the Defend Arts Workers Now (DAWN) Act. Combining lobbying efforts, they are demanding Congress enact a series of immediate, massive relief measures for the distressed arts industry. Those demands include $43.85 billion in emergency funding – representing just 5% of the arts’ value added to the national economy every year – for the 675,000 theaters, museums, galleries and concert halls across the country devastated by COVID-19.

The arts are an $877 billion dollar industry in the U.S., a larger economic driver than agriculture, transportation or construction, and drive an astounding 4.5% of the nation’s GDP each year. Under a Biden administration, Ovation TV CEO Charles Segars also feels the establishment of a cabinet-level position, a new Secretary of Arts and Culture, could be in the foreseeable future.

“It is long overdue that the arts sector be taken seriously at the federal level for the economic driver that it is,” said Charles Segars, CEO of Ovation TV. “The arts are not a red or blue state issue, they are central to the economic ecosystem in every state – a $407 billion industry in California, but also accounting for $37 billion in Florida, $24 billion in Georgia, $46 billion in Texas and $15 billion in North Carolina, to name a few. Because of the pure nature of attracting audiences, bringing people together, the arts have been impacted by the pandemic more than most. Keeping the arts economy alive, and supporting the institutions, artists, and workers who drive it amid this crisis requires immediate action from Congress, but we also need to invest in the arts and establish federal arts infrastructure in the long-term.”

From April through July alone, an estimated 2.7 million jobs and more than $150 billion in sales of goods and services for creative industries have been lost nationwide as tours have been cancelled, venues have shuttered, and staff have been furloughed. According to a survey by Americans for the Arts, 11% of arts organizations aren’t confident they will survive the pandemic at all. It is not just artists, actors, and musicians losing opportunities — millions of technical, digital, labor and service jobs are all at risk, including writers, editors, video and stage crews, set designers, graphic artists, post-production staff, administrators, carpenters, electricians, sound engineers, janitors, caterers and delivery drivers.

While other sectors like restaurants begin to re-open, 62% of arts workers report that they are still fully unemployed, and 94% report income and revenue loss, averaging individual losses of $23,500.

“In nearly every city and small town in the country, arts and culture boost the local economy and create jobs. The spending and revenue driven by the arts and their audiences is at a standstill right now,” said Ellen Burstyn, Co-President of The Actors Studio and former President of Actors’ Equity Association. “But the arts are more than a multi-billion dollar industry, they define American culture and have the power to unite us across race, politics, religion, and geography, at a time when we have never been more divided. If the federal government fails to act, it will do irreparable harm to the American culture that connects us all.”

To get involved, go to www.StandForTheArts.com and www.BeAnArtsHero.com.

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About Ovation TV and Stand For The Arts:

As an independent television, production and digital media company, Ovation TV has an unparalleled commitment to the arts, culture, and captivating entertainment. Showcasing a lineup of critically-acclaimed premium dramas, specials, documentaries and iconic films, Ovation TV saluted innovative storytelling with popular programming that includes Murdoch Mysteries, Riviera, Frankie Drake Mysteries, The Wine Show, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Versailles, Grand Designs, Amazing Hotels, Chasing the Sun, and Anthony Boudain: No Reservations. In 2019, Ovation became the official home for the 18-time Emmy nominated series Inside the Actors Studio, a symbiotic partnership with The Actors Studio that explores the craft and art of acting and storytelling. Ovation also powers JOURNY, the dedicated streaming service where art, culture, and travel intersect. The company has provided more than $15M in contributions and in-kind support to arts institutions and arts education. ITs signature advocacy platform, Stand For The Arts, includes a coalition of over 60 arts organizations, cultural institutions and arts leaders throughout the country raising awareness about art’s positive impact, protecting access for everyone, and encouraging action on behalf of the arts. Ovation TV is available on major providers via cable, satellite and telco systems including Comcast Cable/Xfinity, DIRECTV/AT&T U-verse, Spectrum, Verizon FiOS, as well as on demand. You can follow Ovation TV on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram, OvationTV.com, and through our app, OVATION NOW.

About Be An #ArtsHero:

BE AN #ARTSHERO is a national, non-partisan grassroots movement that emphasizes Arts & Culture’s contribution to the economy, urging Congress for immediate, proportionate relief. We are a united, intersectional, sector-wide coalition and have been covered by The Washington Post, Forbes, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, The Hollywood Reporter, CBS New York, TODAY, Hoda and Jenna, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Billboard, and more. Our viral detailed OPEN LETTER TO THE U.S. SENATE has been shared over 30K times and gained over 15K signatures, including leaders of every major Arts organization; Pulitzer, Oscar, Grammy, Emmy and TONY winners; rank and file, blue collar Arts workers; and countless prominent figures. Supporters include: Rosario Dawson, Cher, Mark Hamill, Glenn Close, Bette Midler, Alfre Woodard, Lewis Black, Rainn Wilson, Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone, Oscar Isaac, Cyndi Lauper, Ted Danson, Aaron Tveit, Jane Fonda, Billy Porter, Julianna Margulies, Jane Krakowski, Idina Menzel, Daniel Dae Kim, Rachel Brosnahan, and many others. For more information visit: www.beanartshero.com.



Donald Sutherland and William Fichtner Come to Ovation TV with “Crossing Lines”





Donald Sutherland and William Fichtner Come to Ovation TV with “Crossing Lines” Airing on Monday Nights
The arts network is proud to host the U.S. cable premiere of the first season, as well as the U.S. television premieres of seasons two and three.
[via press release from Ovation TV]
DONALD SUTHERLAND AND WILLIAM FICHTNER COME TO OVATION TV WITH “CROSSING LINES” AIRING ON MONDAY NIGHTS

U.S. Cable Premiere of Season One to Air Monday, December 7

U.S. Television Premiere of Season Two to Air Monday, January 11

Los Angeles, CA – November 16, 2020 – Hollywood acting legends Donald Sutherland and William Fichtner are coming to Ovation TV, America’s only arts network, with three seasons of crime drama Crossing Lines. The arts network is proud to host the U.S. cable premiere of the first season, as well as the U.S. television premieres of seasons two and three. Based in The Hague, the series follows the International Criminal Court’s special crime unit. The series also stars Tom Wlaschiha (Game of Thrones) and Lara Rossi (upcoming series The Watch on BBC America). Created by Edward Allen Bernero (Criminal Minds), episodes will air in three-hour and four-hour blocks on Monday nights, starting with the U.S. cable premiere of season one on Monday, December 7th at 7pm ET / 4pm PT. The U.S. television premiere of season two will air starting on Monday, January 11th at 7pm ET / 4pm PT. The U.S. television premiere of season three will air in February 2021.

Former New York Police Department officer Carl Hickman (William Fichtner)’s life has fallen apart after he was injured on the job; he has become addicted to morphine and works as a garbage collector at a carnival in the Netherlands. He is recruited to join the International Criminal Court’s special crime unit. Based in The Hague, it investigates a variety of crimes that cross international boundaries. Donald Sutherland stars as Michel Dorn, one of the elite inspectors working for the International Criminal Court. The unit also includes a technical specialist from Germany, a crimes analyst and a human-trafficking specialist from France, and a weapons specialist and tactical expert from Northern Ireland.

Episode descriptions are below:

Season One:

Episode 1 “Pilot – Part 1” airs Monday, December 7 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT

A multinational police team is created to combat Europe’s rising cross-border crimes. And their first case is an invisible cross-border killer…

Episode 2 “Pilot – Part 2” airs Monday, December 7 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT

The team has solid evidence about the killer, and even a name – but the clock is ticking. He’s abducted one of their own, and plans to make her his next victim.

Episode 3 “The Terminator” airs Monday, December 7 at 9pm ET / 6pm PT

The ICC team has gained recognition, cross-border authority and even an office of their own. Now they must track down a gang of thieves who use deadly radioactive polonium as a weapon.

Episode 4 “Long-Haul Predators” airs Monday, December 14 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT

An abandoned car in Poland and a body found in Germany involves the team in a brutal fight club. The only way to crack it will be to risk becoming its victims.

Episode 5 “Special Ops – Part 1” airs Monday, December 14 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT

The ICC team must solve the latest in a chain of deadly kidnappings before the ruthless criminals not only kill their victim but endanger Dorn’s life as well.

Episode 6 “Special Ops – Part 2” airs Monday, December 14 at 9pm ET / 6pm PT

Maxim Marianski is still in the hands of his kidnappers as Louis suspects Russian mobster, Dimitrov, is involved. But Hickman has his own idea of who’s behind it.

Episode 7 “The Animals” airs Monday, December 21 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT

A deadly bank robbery in The Hague traps one of the ICC team members inside with a gang of ruthless killers and threatens to ensnare another in the crime beneath the crime – a jailbreak.

Episode 8 “Desperation and Desperados” airs Monday, December 21 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT

The ICC team sets out to stop a revenge-fueled cross-border killing spree sparked by the theft of drugs and cash from an Italian crimelord and the kidnapping of his innocent daughter.

Episode 9 “New Scars and Old Wounds – Part 1” airs Monday, December 21 at 9pm ET / 6pm ET

Anne-Marie is missing, Sebastian’s computer has been hacked, Hickman is framed for murder. It looks like the bad guys are somehow staying one step ahead of the team.

Episode 10 “New Scars and Old Wounds – Part 2” airs Monday, December 21 at 10pm ET / 7pm PT

With Hickman’s nemesis Genovese in handcuffs, things are looking up for the team. Then Louis disappears, and Dimitrov finally presents a deadly ultimatum.

Season Two:

Episode 1 “The Rescue” airs Monday, January 11 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT

With only 24 hours remaining before Louis and Rebecca are killed, the team must do whatever it takes to rescue them — while Dorn does whatever it takes to take down Dimitrov.

Episode 2 “The Homecoming” airs Monday, January 11 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT

Tipped off that Genovese is in New York and into human trafficking, Hickman once again finds himself in a deadly face off with his nemesis.

Episode 3 “The Kill Zone” airs Monday, January 11 at 9pm ET / 6pm PT

A vengeful sniper is killing innocent people indiscriminately, while manipulating the team into giving him what he wants most.

Episode 4 “Everybody Will Know” airs Monday, January 18 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT

The team confronts teen suicides resulting from extreme Internet cyber-bullying as they desperately try to find the next victim and save him from killing himself.

Episode 5 “Home Is Where The Heart Is” airs Monday, January 18 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT

The team investigates a series of vicious home invasions by an infamous German biker gang and time is running out for Sebastian who’s gone deep undercover for the first time.

Episode 6 “Freedom” airs Monday, January 18 at 9pm ET / 6pm PT

Genovese arrives in The Hague to stand trial but just when they think they have him, the team learns he wants to make a deal: and it’s an offer the ICC can’t refuse.

Episode 7 “The Velvet Glove” airs Monday, January 25 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT

A gang of beautiful women pray on elderly men by seducing them into marriage, methodically poisoning them to death and then disappearing with their fortunes.

Episode 8 “Family Ties” airs Monday, January 25 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT

An alarming number of deaths are reported after a tainted batch of cocaine sweeps across London.

Episode 9 “Truth and Consequences” airs Monday, January 25 at 9pm ET / 6pm PT

A film director, talent agent and journalist are all victims of brutal murders. Our team foils the attempted kidnap of movie star Audrey Améris by an alleged stalker. When the team discovers the killings are connected, and Audrey goes missing, the team must unravel a bizarre tangle of murder, revenge and cover-ups.

Episode 10 “The Long Way Home” airs Monday, February 1 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT

A number of missing backpackers, presumed dead from accidental drownings, are quickly linked to a serial killer with ritualistic habits.

Episode 11 “The Team – Part 1” airs Monday, February 1 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT

A double prison break, as well as a number of murderous jewellery heists, call for the help of our team when a prison psychiatrist is taken hostage.

Episode 12 “The Team – Part 2” airs Monday, February 1 at 9pm ET / 6pm PT

The gang’s murderous rampage reaches a fever pitch as the team frantically sifts through the layers of deceit and, ultimately, deals with unexpected tragedy.

Episodes will also be available on demand and on the Ovation NOW app.

Season Three will air in February 2021.

About OVATION TV America’s Only Arts Network

As an independent television, production, and digital media company, OVATION TV has an unparalleled commitment to the arts, culture, and captivating entertainment. Showcasing a lineup of critically-acclaimed premium dramas, specials, documentaries, and iconic films, OVATION TV salutes innovative storytelling with popular programming that includes Murdoch Mysteries, Riviera, Frankie Drake Mysteries, The Wine Show, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Versailles, Grand Designs, Amazing Hotels, Chasing the Sun, and Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. In 2019, Ovation became the official home for the 18-time Emmy nominated series Inside the Actors Studio, a symbiotic partnership with The Actors Studio that explores the craft and art of acting and storytelling. Ovation also powers JOURNY, the dedicated streaming service where art, culture, and travel intersect. The company has provided more than $15M in contributions and in-kind support to arts institutions and arts education. Its signature advocacy platform, STAND FOR THE ARTS, includes a coalition of over 60 arts organizations, cultural institutions, and arts leaders throughout the country raising awareness about art’s positive impact, protecting access for everyone, and encouraging action on behalf of the arts. OVATION TV is available on major providers via cable, satellite and telco systems including Comcast Cable/Xfinity, DIRECTV/AT&T U-verse, SPECTRUM, Verizon FiOS, as well as on demand. You can follow OVATION TV on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, OvationTV.com, and through our App, OVATION NOW.



Ovation TV to Air Beloved U.K. Detective Series “Death in Paradise”





Ovation TV to Air Beloved U.K. Detective Series “Death in Paradise” on Thursday Nights
The first six seasons will air on Ovation TV in four-hour blocks starting Thursday, October 1 at 7:00/6:00c.
[via press release from Ovation TV]
OVATION TV TO AIR BELOVED U.K. DETECTIVE SERIES “DEATH IN PARADISE” ON THURSDAY NIGHTS

Episodes will Air in Four-Hour Blocks Starting October 1

Los Angeles, CA – September 11, 2020 – Ovation TV, America’s only arts network, has announced that it will begin airing the much-loved British detective series Death in Paradise on Thursday nights this fall. The long-running fish-out-of-water drama series stars an international cast including Ben Miller, Sara Martins, Danny John-Jules, Gary Carr, Don Warrington, and Élizabeth Bourgine. The first six seasons of Death in Paradise will air on Ovation TV in four-hour blocks starting Thursday, October 1 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT.

At the start of the series, UK detective Richard Poole (Ben Miller) is assigned to investigate the murder of a British police officer on the fictional Caribbean island of Saint Marie. After he successfully finds the murderer, he is ordered by his supervisors to replace the victim and stay on as the head detective inspector of the island, solving new cases as they appear and being the object of many fish-out-of-water jokes. Kris Marshall joins the series as detective Humphrey Goodman in seasons 3-6; Ardal O’Hanlon joins as Jack Mooney in season 6.

Season One, episodes 1-4, will air on Thursday, October 1 from 7pm ET to 11pm ET

In his first cases on Saint Marie, detective inspector Richard Poole (Ben Miller) investigates the murders of a fellow British detective inspector, a bride, a voodoo priestess, and a missing husband.

Season One, episodes 5-8, will air on Thursday, October 8 from 7pm ET to 11pm ET

Detective inspector Richard Poole (Ben Miller) investigates the murders of a prisoner, an experienced diver found in ten feet of water, the lead singer of a rock band, and a police informant.

Season Two, episodes 1-4, will air on Thursday, October 15 from 7pm ET to 11pm ET

Detective inspector Richard Poole (Ben Miller) investigates the deaths of a sugar plantation owner, a teenage nun, a plastic surgery patient, and a treasure hunter.

Season Two, episodes 5-8, will air on Thursday, October 22 from 7pm ET to 11pm ET

Detective inspector Richard Poole (Ben Miller) investigates the murders of an aspiring singer, a British tourist, a researcher, and a philanthropist.

Season Three, episodes 1-4, will air on Thursday, October 29 from 7pm ET to 11pm ET

Detective inspector Humphrey Goodman (Kris Marshall) arrives on Saint Marie to investigate the murder of DI Richard Poole (Ben Miller). After his wife back in the UK leaves him, he decides to stay on the island. He also investigates the deaths of a horror-film stand-in, a gigolo, and a flight attendant.

Season Three, episodes 5-8, will air on Thursday, November 5 from 7pm ET to 11pm ET

Detective inspector Humphrey Goodman (Kris Marshall) investigates the deaths of Saint Marie’s commerce minister, a birdwatcher, a land developer, and a newly retired senior citizen.

Season Four, episodes 1-4, will air on Thursday, November 12 from 7pm ET to 11pm ET

Detective inspector Humphrey Goodman (Kris Marshall) investigates the murders of a rum distillery owner, a surf school owner, the president of the Saint Marie Heritage Society, and a bachelorette.

Season Four, episodes 5-8, will air on Thursday, November 19 from 7pm ET to 11pm ET

Detective inspector Humphrey Goodman (Kris Marshall) investigates the deaths of a lead singer of a pop group, a high-profile volleyball player, an overbearing boss, and a prisoner.

Season Five, episodes 1-4, will air on Thursday, November 26 from 7pm ET to 11pm ET

Detective inspector Humphrey Goodman (Kris Marshall) investigates the murders of a millionaire philanthropist, Saint Marie’s outgoing governor, a fashion model, and the friend of an officer.

Season Five, episodes 5-8, will air on Thursday, December 3 from 7pm ET to 11pm ET

Detective inspector Humphrey Goodman (Kris Marshall) investigates the deaths of a businessman, a restauranteur, a treasure hunter, and a tourist.

Season Six, episodes 1-4, will air on Thursday, December 10 from 7pm ET to 11pm ET

Detective inspector Humphrey Goodman (Kris Marshall) investigates the deaths of a volcanologist, the former classmate of a Sergeant, a hotel manager, and a cricket club president.

Season Six, episodes 5-8, will air on Thursday, December 17 from 7pm ET to 11pm ET

The murder of a partygoer in Saint Marie leads the team to London. There, detective inspector Jack Mooney (Ardal O’Hanlon) agrees to replace Detective inspector Humphrey Goodman (Kris Marshall) in Saint Marie after Goodman decides to stay in the UK. Mooney’s first cases in Saint Marie involve the deaths of a tourist and a mayoral candidate.

Episodes will also be available on demand.

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