TNN Unveils New Generation Shows

TNN executives hope that the network’s new slate of programming, which includes several reality-based original series and an ode to Francis Ford Coppola’s “Godfather” films, will persuade advertisers to pop for the newly repositioned cable network.

“We’re putting the finishing touches on the next generation of TNN programming,” executive vp and general manager Diane Robina told a group of ad agency executives who were gathered in New York on Thursday to examine what TNN had to offer.

In keeping with TNN’s tagline, “We’ve Got Pop,” Robina trotted out a bevy of “Baywatch” episodes that TNN will use to launch the Pamela Anderson series “V.I.P.” in fall 2002.

Calling it TNN’s “next generation” lineup, Robina confirmed that “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Star Trek: Voyager” are slated for October premieres, beginning with a weeklong marathon offering five “Star Trek” movies and episodes from the popular “Next Generation” series. The Jerry Bruckheimer-produced “C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation” joins the TNN schedule in fall 2002.