Ovation announced three new series Thursday at a press event at New York's CORE Club.
The network, which evp of network strategy Liz Janneman and evp of programing and production Scott Woodward described as "America's only arts network," currently reaches 54 million U.S. homes. Ovation will debut its new original series and specials at a time when the most viewers are in front of their TVs: Sundays at 8 p.m. EDT.
Three new shows highlighted the event, and their stars were on hand:
- Isabella Rossellini's Green Porno Live! takes a humorous look at the mating and sexual habits of animals, insects and marine creatures. It debuts May 17.
- Southern Uncovered with the Lee Bros., which premieres June 14, follows the award-winning culinary experts to various southern cities to show off the people, places and food.
- On the Record with Mick Rock premieres Aug. 2 and follows the legendry rock photographer as he travels to the hometowns of popular musicians. Featured guests include Josh Groban, Kings of Leon and The Flaming Lips.
Rossellini, Rock and Ted Lee were at the event Thursday, and two things immediately stood out: Rock was clearly born to be on TV, and where was Lee's brother?
Rock's free spirit and not-quite-politically-correct personality stole the show. He referred often to his past LSD use and called recent subject Snoop Dogg "a walking chimney." And it turns out Matt Lee became a father Thursday morning. His child was due May 8, but premature labor forced Uncle Ted to handle the event himself.
Rossellini, the model-turned-actress who has appeared on popular shows like 30 Rock, The Simpsons and Alias and starred in feature films including Blue Velvet and Death Becomes Her, recently went back to school to study animal behavior and conservation. Green Porno Live! is a passion project in addition to being one of Ovation's most exciting new shows.
With Rock, Rossellini and the Lee Brothers, privately-owned Ovation has assembled an applause-worthy cast of characters for a mix of new shows, which should complement several existing arts-oriented programs and classic films.