-- the premium network aimed at gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender audiences -- has ramped up its original programming efforts with several series renewals. It also has recently greenlighted original movies in the wake of strengthened distribution.
The network approved more seasons of several original series, including second installments of The Lair
and The DL Chronicles
and a third season of Paradise Falls
. In addition, Chad Allen
will star as a private investigator in two fresh cases of its Donald Strachey Mystery
These pickups -- along with the recently announced series Ryan's Life
, starring Rue McClanahan
, and a third-season renewal of Dante's Cove
-- mean that Here! will field more than 200 hours of original programming for the 2007-08 season, with five of its series entering a second or third season.
Meanwhile, the network has in the works a movie titled Solar Flare
, the first of 12 eco-disaster films that will be released in theaters by sister company Regent a week before debuting on Here! The movie, starring Tracey Gold
and Michelle Clunie
, centers on a scientist (Gold) who works with a mother (Clunie) and her prodigy son, who has worked out a formula for predicting solar flares.
Also in the works is House of Usher
, the second planned installment in a series of 12 movies based on Edgar Allan Poe
tales following The Raven
. It will premiere on Here! a week after making its debut in theaters.
"We have made a huge commitment to original programming with established stars," Here! Networks founder and CEO Paul Colichman