Tune In: Original Cable Programming
No. of subscribers: 88 million
Network topper: Mark Juris
Programming topper: Marlene Dann
Top originals: Most Shocking, Suburban Secrets, Murder by the Book, Beach Patrol
Upcoming originals: Bounty Girls (series), The Dumbest Criminals in the World (series), The Real Hustle (series)
The skinny: Once known as C-SPAN for lawyers, Court TV now boasts a primetime slate of reality shows that outshine its court coverage during the day. Turner Broadcasting took full ownership of the network in 2006 and plans to relaunch it with a new name and tagline at the beginning of 2008 to better reflect its primetime lineup. Later this year, courtroom coverage will shift to broadband at 3 p.m. as the net shifts to its lineup of legal analysts including “Nancy Grace: Closing Arguments” at 3 p.m. and “Catherine Crier Live” at 5 p.m. The net signed Star Jones and is developing a legal talkshow for her at 4 p.m. starting in late summer.