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Eye on People net confirmed for spring

ANAHEIM — The new CBS news/documentary cable channel Eye on People will launch on or about March 31 in an estimated 3 million subscriber homes, CBS confirmed Thursday.

After a rough-draft schedule blueprint made the rounds last week, CBS released a more updated (though still tentative) slate at the Western Cable Show that’s only marginally different from the prior proposed slate.

That lineup includes many programs culled from the CBS News archives and freshened with updates including “60 Minutes More,” the nightly news breakout “Today’s People” and a weeknight hour revisiting past criminal cases titled “Crime and Punishment.”

But Jonathan Klein, executive VP for CBS News, who is lending his programming expertise to Eye on People, insisted Thursday that the channel that celebrates both newsmakers and common folk will not be a remake of the History Channel, and that its archival quotient has been overblown.

“When we say archives, that could mean material from that week or the week before,” Klein said. “We won’t just be depending on old footage. If we did, we wouldn’t be getting the sort of reaction from MSOs that we’re getting here. People are excited about this.”

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