Family of nets funding 200 series, specials
Amping up the showmanship, the newly repositioned Discovery staged an upfront presentation Wednesday that ran nearly as long as Discovery’s sprawling “Planet Earth” series.There were a couple of news nuggets thrown into the three-hour marathon at the Rose Theatre in Columbus Circle, to go with already announced highlights such as Oprah Winfrey’s network (the former Discovery Health) and Discovery Times morphing into true-crime Investigation Discovery. Among the new offerings not covered at a similar L.A. presentation earlier this month:
- Jennifer Lopez is starring in a reality series for TLC that will follow her creation of a fragrance line. Her balancing of her career and being the mother of twins will be the focus of the show (a logical fit for the network that airs “Jon & Kate Plus 8″ about a couple raising sextuplets and twins).
- ABC’s Bob Woodruff will host a weekly environmental skein produced by ABC News for air on Discovery’s new Planet Green network. Planet Green launches June 4.