TNN skeds originals, Baywatch reruns

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Viacom's TNN cable network has commissioned three weekly series and bought more than 200 Baywatch episodes of to beef up its programming schedule for the 2001-02 season, Reuters reports.

TNN also unveiled three original series for its fall season during its upfront presentation in New York on Thursday night. They are:

  • Robot Wars, in which the machines of amateur U.S. and English robot technicians face off against each other.
  • Pop Across America, with comedian Steve Marmel riding in the back of a flatbed truck seeking "the humorous side of pop culture." The commitment is for 13 half-hours.
  • Ultimate Revenge, billed as a "comedic reality series" in which contestants perform outrageous stunts to settle scores with friends and family. The commitment is for 13 half-hours.

TNN plans to run mulitiple nights of Baywatch in prime time, pumping up the presence of Pamela Anderson in those reruns. - Richard Tedesco