E! orders new segs for 5 series, strips 2

Channel to produce over 100 specials next season

NEW YORK — E! Entertainment Television has ordered new seasons of five of the web’s series and will launch two of its weekly shows into strips this fall, said Lee Masters, president and CEO of E!

The cable channel will also produce more than 100 specials for the 1998-99 television season.

Beginning Sept. 28, two of E!’s weekly series, “Fashion Emergency” and “Mysteries & Scandals,” will air Mondays through Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., respectively.

The web’s series development also includes the expansion of “The E! True Hollywood Story” to a four-night-per-week strip (Saturday through Tuesday), beginning in the first quarter of 1999, with new installments premiering on Sunday nights.

Among the network’s daily series to have been renewed for another season are “E! News Daily/E! News Weekend” and “Howard Stern.”

The weekly “Celebrity Profile” will also return for a new season.

E!’s “The Gossip Show,” currently a daily show, will become a weekly, one-hour, weekend series beginning the week of Sept. 28.

The network’s 100 specials — with more than two dozen slated to air through year-end 1998 — will include more travel programs hosted by Jules Asner. These shows will focus on hot spots such as the U.K. (Nov. 7.), the Greek Isles (Nov. 21) and Key West (Dec. 19).

The specials will also take in-depth looks at popular television shows and films and topics ranging from the pop culture phenomenon of the Beanie Babies (Nov. 22) to celebrity homes (Nov. 29).

The Los Angeles-based cable web will cover more than 20 awards events in 1999, including the Golden Globes, the Oscars and the Emmys.

E! is carried in 51 million TV homes.

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