Hemecker reups for ‘Witchblade’

Skein greenlit for second season on TNT in late summer

HOLLYWOOD — Helmer-scribe Ralph Hemecker has signed up for a second season as exec producer of Warner Bros. Television’s “Witchblade.”

Action-adventure skein was greenlit for a second season on TNT in late summer. New segs will bow in spring or summer 2002.

“Ralph’s creative vision, outstanding execution and direction are an integral part of the success of ‘Witchblade,’ ” WBTV prexy Peter Roth said. “We are delighted that he will serve as executive producer on our second season.”

Hemecker was an exec producer, scribe and director on the skein’s first season, which aired this past summer on TNT.

“Witchblade,” which stars Yancy Butler, has turned into TNT’s first real original drama hit. Its first 10 episodes averaged a 2.3 rating Tuesdays at 9 p.m. — a 64% bump over the movies that were running in the time period a year ago. Demo gains also have been impressive.

Hemecker’s other TV directing credits include episodes of “The X-Files,” “Millennium” and “Roar.” He also directed the feature pics “Double Edge” and “Dead On.”

Second season of “Witchblade” will begin production in Toronto in January.

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