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DirecTV Expands Original Content Offerings

9/23/2008 11:20:00 AM Eastern

El Segundo, Calif. — DirecTV is expanding its role as a content provider this fall through its 101 Network, offering a selection of top-quality programming including the premiere of the third season of “Friday Night Lights” and its new companion show, “Live From Dillon.”

The 101 network is also delivering a new season of returning shows, including “Supreme Court of Comedy” and “Rock & A Hard Place,” and a sneak preview of the new original series from Starz! Entertainment, “Crash.” All programming is presented commercial-free and in HD.

The new season of “Friday Night Lights” debuts on the 101 Network at 9 p.m. ET/PT Oct. 1. DirecTV will be presenting the shows to its subscribers prior to the Season Three NBC network broadcast airing, planned for 2009.

The new season will follow Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler) as he copes with an uncertain team after the graduation of star running back Smash Williams (Gaius Charles). Fans will also watch Tami Taylor (Connie Britton) adjust to her role as the new Dillon High School principal and how her new duties affect the Taylor family, both at home and at the school. Tyra (Adrianne Palicki), Lyla (Minka Kelly) and Riggins (Taylor Kitsch) enter senior year this season and deal with the pressures of high school romance, playing for the team and life after graduation.

In addition, DirecTV subscribers will be offered a new companion television show, “Live From Dillon,” (airing Wednesdays immediately following Friday Night Lights beginning Oct. 15). The program will feature different cast members each week as they discuss their characters, plot lines and take live viewer questions.

The Taylor family (Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton and Aimee Teegarden) are scheduled to appear on the first episode.

As part of the new season, DirecTV's original series “Rock & A Hard Place” and “Supreme Court of Comedy” both return for a second season on Oct. 21 for “Rock and Rule” Tuesday night. Meat Loaf returns as the host of Rock & A Hard Place (Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT), a trivia game show that pits rock legends from the past and present against each other in a game of wits, wisdom and kazoos — all in the name of charity.

The 12 new episodes will feature match ups like Bananarama vs. Right Said Fred, Lisa Lisa vs. Da Brat and Tony Orlando vs. Jeffrey Osborne.

Following “Rock” at 10 p.m. ET/PT is Supreme Court of Comedy. The series is described as “People's Court with a twist as real plaintiffs and defendants with real small claims cases decide to forego the traditional legal system in lieu of having their cases tried by comedians.” Dom Irerra will preside as “Chief Justice” while Jamie Kennedy, Tom Arnold, Jon Lovitz, Paula Poundstone, George Wallace, Tom Papa, Aries Spears and a host of other comedians try their hand as the court's “counselors” inside the World Famous Laugh Factory.

In addition to original series premieres, The 101 Network will be used to promo the new Starz! series “Crash,” by running a sneak peak on Oct. 1. The series is from the producers of the original Academy Award-winning Best Motion Picture of 2006 of the same name, and will feature 13 episodes with a cast led by Dennis Hopper. The 101 Network will premiere the first episode of “Crash” along with a “Making Of” special starting at 10 p.m. ET/PT Oct. 1. The series will begin its run on Starz! on Oct. 17.

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