Trio serious about ‘Duty’

Rather, Jennings, Cronkite contributed to special

Pop culture channel Trio will dive into darker waters with doc “Journalists: Killed in the Line of Duty.”

Special, to air on Nov. 25, will kick off cabler’s fourth-quarter programming. Anchored by CNN’s Anderson Cooper, it will take a look at the dangers that print, electronic and photo journalists face when covering conflicts overseas. Dan Rather, Peter Jennings and Walter Cronkite contributed pieces. Doc will be presented in timeline form and will include the stories of Daniel Pearl and David Bloom.

‘Covering all aspects’

“This powerful television special is in keeping with the channel’s mission to offer viewers programming covering all aspects of popular culture that they would not find anywhere else,” said net prexy Lauren Zalaznick.

Zalaznick unveiled channel’s slate before a group of journalists Wednesday. While questions of net’s new relationship with NBC were raised, Zalaznick — although optimistic– would not speculate on the effects of the deal.

“It’s our job to make Trio Trio and that’s what we’ve done,” she said. Fourth-quarter lineup was programmed before the sale of Universal to NBC.

Accompanying “Journalists” will be doc “Road to Kabul,” a video diary of a news crew’s journey from safe haven into southern Afghanistan.

Mini salute

Remainder of upcoming slate is devoted to lighter fare. Net will unveil its first top-10 list, counting down the top minis of all time. Jane Seymour will host spesh “Epic TV: The Top Ten Miniseries of All Time.” Roster was generated by a blue-ribbon panel of execs, critics and artists including Oliver Stone, LeVar Burton and Aaron Spelling. Trio will air three of the 10: “Shogun,” “Holocaust” and “Brideshead Revisited.”

Month of December will spotlight award seasons hoopla. Tatum O’Neal-narrated doc “The Award Show Awards Show” will go behind the scenes, from red-carpet arrivals to acceptance speeches — and look into why there are 565 industry honors handed out each year.

Year will wrap with special “White Noise,” looking at the best and worst of pop culture in 2003, and “Fandom,” which explores the passion of fans in the parking lots of event venues.

Net is available in 20 million homes.

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