Cabler commissions 'Detectives,' 'Roker'
NEW YORK — Court TV has renewed its high-visibility weekly series “Forensic Files” for another season and commissioned two hourlong primetime specials: “Psychic Detectives,” hosted by Andrea Thompson, and “Al Roker Investigates: The Farmingville Incident.”“Forensic Files,” which Court TV bills as the reality-TV version of CBS’ runaway hit “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” has become Court TV’s signature series, running every night and consistently racking up higher ratings than any other regularly scheduled show on the network. NBC was so impressed with the Nielsen performance of “Forensic Files” that it bought original hourlong episodes of the series, scheduling them for a four-week primetime run last summer. Medstar TV produces “Forensic Files.” “Psychic Detectives” follows professional psychic Kay Rhea and Tim McFadden, a detective with the Fresno Police Dept., as they discuss cases they’ve solved during the 20 years they’ve worked together. Producer is Superfine Films. Lisa Jackson is director and co-producer with Stephen Miller. Show preems Feb. 27 at 10 p.m. The Al Roker-hosted special follows the investigation of a hate crime against Hispanic day laborers on Farmingville, Long Island. Roker is co-executive producer for Courlei Prods. with Court TV’s Ed Hersh. Michael Smith is producer and Susan Iger executive in charge of production. Court TV has also given the go-ahead for two one-hour specials in its safety-challenge series: “Safe Behind the Wheel” and “Traveling Safe.” Lisa Zeff is executive producer of the specials for ABC News Prods.