Turning into a ‘super-sized’ channel, AXN Beyond will serve up more monthly premieres from many more genres than before. Taking the definition of ‘entertainment’ to the limit, AXN Beyond will go beyond fun, feisty and fabulous with its variety of shows. These range from mystery and suspense, fantasy and science-fiction, paranormal and supernatural, fashion and design, to lifestyle and romance, across drama, variety, reality, sitcom, comedy, talk shows, movies and even music concerts.
Said Voo Chih Yeong, Head of AXN Beyond, “Viewers need to look no further than AXN Beyond for the latest shows across the variety of genres, as our channel will have something for just about everyone at a single destination. With a far more compelling entertainment experience, AXN Beyond now appeals to an even wider audience than before. Viewers who have come to enjoy the great programs on AXN will definitely love and appreciate the same world-class quality in the fresh content selection on the all new AXN Beyond.”
Indeed, AXN Beyond hails from the same team that brought Asia its top English general entertainment channel, AXN. As a fresh, hip and energetic TV destination, the new AXN Beyond draws audiences across a wide range of demographics seeking new and exciting entertainment choices, and has its sweet spot among male and female viewers aged 18 – 35.
‘Superduperlicious Tuesdays’ on AXN Beyond!
Viewers are set for ‘Superduperlicious Tuesday’ evenings as AXN Beyond serves up a back-to-back series of the channel’s very latest shows, all premiering on Tuesday, December 7, 2010! The fun begins with reality talk show The Marriage Ref, as celebrities such as Madonna, Demi Moore and Gwyneth Paltrow pass judgement on real-life couples’ marriages.
That leads to light-hearted series like Drop Dead Diva Season 2 which continues the life of shallow model Deb (Brooke Elliott) whose soul ends up in the body of a brilliant, plus-size attorney. The night’s fun culminates in AXN Beyond’s headliner of the month – fresh new legal comedic drama The Defenders which stars Jim Belushi (According to Jim) and Jerry O’Connell (Sliders) as colourful Las Vegas defence attorneys.
Beyond Fun, Feisty & Fabulous
In the same month, AXN Beyond will bring on some of television’s most compelling stories in its latest drama offerings. Viewers will be captivated by the intrigue in Caprica, prequel to Battlestar Galactica and television’s first science-fiction family saga. Audiences will also get caught in the suspense of Persons Unknown, a mystery drama following seven trapped strangers whose every move is watched.
Reality entertainment on AXN Beyond is far from the usual stuck-on-an-island-fighting-for-survival shows, but is fun-to-watch yet nail-biting fare. Fierce competition, over-the-top backstabbing and catfights in reality series await in Top Chef Masters and The Rachel Zoe Project, while The Real Housewives of New York Season 2 sneaks a peek into the lavish lifestyles of the rich in the Big Apple.
Adding more than a dash of glitz and glamour is Scream 2010, the world’s first and only awards show celebrating the best in science-fiction, fantasy, comics and horror. Music lovers will enjoy Beyoncé I Am... Yours, a spectacular ‘live’ concert by singer-songwriter Beyoncé Knowles’ at Wynn Las Vegas.
With all that and more, viewers will surely adore the all-new, all awesome entertainment experience with the latest shows across the greatest variety of genres, unveiling this December on the fresh, hip and super-sized AXN Beyond.
Please see the attached list of programming highlights for detailed show synopses and tune-in information.
Premieres December 7, 2010, airing Tuesdays 9.50pm first and exclusively on AXN Beyond
The Defenders is a comedic drama about two colourful Las Vegas defence attorneys who go all-in when it comes to representing their clients. Nick (Jim Belushi, According to Jim) and Pete (Jerry O’Çonnell, Sliders, Crossing Jordan) are the local go-to guys with an eclectic client list who are still looking to hit their own jackpot.
Leading the law firm of Morelli & Kaczmarek are Nick Morelli, an earnest, hard-charging attorney who represents his clients to the best of his ability, no matter how big or small the case; and his partner, Pete Kaczmarek, whose passion for the law is matched only by his love of fast cars, beautiful women and expensive clothes.
Joining them in their growing law practice is new associate Lisa Tyler (Jurnee Smollett, The Great Debaters), an enthusiastic young attorney looking to put her exotic dancing days behind her; and their young assistant, Sophie (Tanya Fischer, Life On Mars), a spunky and sweet ingénue who is eager to please her bosses.
Begins Dec 9, 2010, 10pm in a two-episode TV premiere event, with subsequent episodes airing Thursdays 10pm on AXN Beyond
Set 50 years before Battlestar Galactica, Caprica follows two rival families – the Graystones and the Adamas. Bound together by tragedy, their ensuing struggle will determine the fate of the 12 Colonies. Caprica is a society rife with advanced technology. Little do they know they are trembling on the brink of the creation of the first cybernetic life-form node, or ‘CYLON’.
The Graystones and Adamas come from different cultures and wildly different socio-economic backgrounds. Daniel Graystone (Eric Stoltz) is a computer genius and the leading businessman of the 12 Colonies. His wife, Amanda Graystone (Paula Malcolmson) is an elite neurosurgeon. Joseph Adama (Esai Morales) is an immigrant, a lawyer with ties to the mob, and a father who is desperate to reconnect with his estranged son, William (Sina Najafi). Their bitter rivalry will bring the end of life as they know it. Their children are the future.
Drop Dead Diva Season 2
Premieres Dec 7, 2010, airing Tuesdays 9pm on AXN Beyond
Returning for a second season, comedic drama Drop Dead Diva continues the story of a shallow wannabe model that dies in a sudden accident, only to find her soul resurfacing in the body of a brilliant, plus-size and recently deceased attorney, Jane.
At the close of last season, Deb was ready to let go of her past and embrace her new life as Jane. But the unexpected arrival of Jane’s “secret” husband, Ethan (Devon Gummersall), at her doorstep left her with more questions than ever. To make matters worse, Jane may be disbarred after breaching client-attorney confidentiality when, against the firm’s advisement, she reported her client for fraud. Faced with a new love triangle and the uncertainty of her career, Jane must, once again, chart out a new future for herself…
The 13-episode second season of Drop Dead Diva features breakout star Brooke Elliott (Wicked, Taboo”), Margaret Cho (Ghost Whisperer, Notorious C.H.O.), Jackson Hurst (The Tree of Life), Kate Levering (Cashmere Mafia), April Bowlby (Two and a Half Men), Josh Stamberg (Lie to Me) and Ben Feldman (The Perfect Man).The Season 2 opener of Drop Dead Diva will feature entertainer Paula Abdul (American Idol) reprising her role as Judge Paula Abdul, a figment of Jane’s subconscious. Devon Gummersall (“My So-Called Life”) and David Denman (“The Office”) return as guest stars this season.
Premieres Dec 27, 2010, airing Mondays, 9pm first & exclusively on AXN Beyond
From Academy Award-winning writer Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) comes Persons Unknown, a mystery drama in which a group of seven strangers is taken from their lives and trapped in a deserted town with no recollection of how they got there.
The eclectic group of strangers are Charlie Morse (Alan Ruck, Spin City); Janet Cooper (Daisy Betts, Shutter); Joe Tucker (Jason Wiles, Third Watch); Bill Blackham (Sean O’Bryan, Six Feet Under); Moira Doherty (Tina Holmes, Six Feet Under); Sergeant Graham McNair (Chadwick Boseman, Lincoln Heights); Tori Fairchild (Kate Lang Johnson, Days of our Lives); Erika Taylor (Kandyse McClure, Battlestar Galactica); Mark Renbe (Gerald Kyd, Casuality); and Kat Damatto (Lola Glaudini, Invincible).
Held hostage, the strangers are constantly watched by omnipresent ‘security’ cameras with no idea who or what is behind them. Every attempt to leave is thwarted by unforeseen circumstances, which seem to derive from mysterious forces. At every turn, these strangers-turned-comrades are threatened physically, psychologically and emotionally. Their chance at survival is to rely on each other…
The Marriage Ref
Premieres Dec 7, 2010, airing Tuesdays, 8:10pm, first and exclusively on AXN Beyond
Jerry Seinfeld is back and in the producer's chair for a funny and revealing comedy panel series The Marriage Ref, about the unpredictable and hilarious institution commonly known as marriage. In The Marriage Ref, disputes between real-life couples are revealed, examined - and ultimately judged.
For the first time, audiences will be able to look at these fights, analyze them and declare a winner. At the centre of the action and making "the call", is popular comedian Tom Papa (The Informant!) who will have the final say in determining the victor of each spat.
Advising and influencing the Ref's decision will be a rotating panel of ‘experts’ comprising top celebrities, comedians and sports stars who will weigh in and offer their own wit, wisdom and unique opinions. Guest stars featuring through the series include Tina Fey, Eva Longoria Parker, Larry David, Ricky Gervais, Madonna, Martha Stewart, Sheryl Crow, Tracy Morgan, Gloria Estefan, Donald Trump and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Premieres Dec 19, 2010 Sunday, 7:10pm on AXN Beyond
Scream 2010 is the world’s first and only awards show dedicated to honouring the best in the science-fiction, fantasy, comics and horror genres. In its fifth year in 2010, Scream saw 33 spike-shaped show and individual performance trophies presented, including the top honour for the best production in the business named ‘The Ultimate Scream’. A star-studded, glamorous and ultimately fun-filled awards show, Scream 2010 will have celebrities such as Halle Berry, Bill Murray, Blake Lively, and Megan Fox letting their hair down.
Christopher Nolan's summer science-fiction blockbuster movie Inception leads the way with nominations in 14 categories, with other popular movies Kick-Ass and Iron Man 2 close behind. True Blood had the most nominations of any TV series with 10.
Scream 2010 also continues the tradition of featuring exclusive World Premieres from some of the most anticipated movies of the year to come including Scream 4, The Rite, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1, Paranormal Activity 2 and Super. In addition, the awards show will honour the 25th anniversary of the original Back to the Future film, with Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, and the time-travelling DeLorean car reuniting. Also, the recently-concluded landmark mystery-adventure series Lost will see a farewell tribute with cast and crew on stage.
Beyoncé I Am... Yours
Premieres Dec 18, 2010, Saturday, 9pm first and exclusively on AXN Beyond
Filmed at the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas, the Beyoncé I Am... Yours concert features performances of over 30 songs from Beyoncé’s three multi-platinum solo releases, ‘Destiny’s Child’ catalogue and a few surprises. These include #1 hits, “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It),” “If I Were A Boy,” “Halo,” “Sweet Dreams” and showcases a gut-wrenching performance of “That’s Why You’re Beautiful.” Also to look out for is the biographical storytelling woven between many songs and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage.