EPIX has announced new original programs which begin premiering this summer and run through fall 2012. There are a couple original documentaries slated including William Shatner’s Get a Life! premiering in July and Flight 800: A 14-Year Investigation Cracks the Case which premieres in September. Two upcoming original movies include Roger Corman’s Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader in 3D which premieres in August and A Liar’s Autobiography – The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman which premieres in November. Starting off the summer though is the original comedy event Jim Norton: Please Be Offended salted to air on June 30th. EPIX also announced the network has secured rights to broadcast current blockbuster hits Hugo, Super 8, Margin Call, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, and Hunger Games. Open the press release link below for full descriptions of programs.
EPIX SUMMER AND FALL ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING SLATE:
EPIX Original Comedy Event
Jim Norton: Please Be Offended – Premiering on June 30th
In his first EPIX comedy special, comedian and bestselling author Jim Norton, a regular on Sirius/XM’s “The Opie and Anthony Show” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” performs unfiltered and uncensored in front an audience of rabid fans in Cleveland, Ohio. Addressing such things as the increasing amount of privacy invasion, the hypocrisy of people who are appalled by this, and the oversensitivity of everyone about almost everything, Norton, in his self-deprecating style, proves that being offended can often be hilarious.
EPIX Original Documentary
William Shatner’s Get a Life! – Premiering in July
Based on Shatner’s hugely popular book, this film examines the mystery, longevity and the cultural phenomena of Star Trek and its long-obsessed fans known as “Trekkers.” On the surface, the film is an exploration of strangers who have for years attended conventions which looked foolish and almost laughable to some – but what Shatner discovers is the many secrets and hidden motives behind these individuals’ compulsion to attend these events. The end result is a film that reveals a fun and touching side of the fanfare surrounding Star Trek, and examines the thrill of what’s happening at these fantasy conventions and the enduring popularity of the film and TV series as Shatner further embraces his role as Captain James T. Kirk and his own impact.
EPIX Original Movie
Roger Corman’s Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader in 3D – Premiering in August
In an update to the great genre pictures of the ‘50s, Roger Corman’s first ever 3D film Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader follows a college coed who uses an experimental drug to transform herself into a popular beauty – but at a huge price. Produced by Corman along with his producing partner/wife Julie Corman, the movie stars Jena Sims (The Vampire Diaries), Sean Young (Blade Runner), Treat Williams (Hair, Prince of the City, Everwood), Ryan Merriman (Pretty Little Liars), A.J. Lamas (Leave it to Lamas), Mary Woronov (Eating Raoul), Ted Raimi (Spider-Man), with cameo appearances by Corman himself and director John Landis (An American Werewolf in London, Animal House, The Blues Brothers). Acclaimed visual effects artist Kevin O’Neill (Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula, Blade and Piranha 3D) directs.
EPIX Original Documentary
Flight 800: A 14-Year Investigation Cracks the Case – Premiering in September
It was called “the largest aviation investigation in US and world history” by the man who led it in 1996. But it was also the most controversial. Now, a team of insiders from that investigation come forward in this feature documentary to blow the lid off a multi-agency cover-up of what really happened to TWA Flight 800. The team was brought together by an extraordinarily persistent scientist 20 years their junior who himself spent 14 years investigating the crash. A riveting story of intense personal journeys and a grand-scale exposé with breathtaking implications.
EPIX Original Movie
A Liar’s Autobiography – The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman – Premiering in November
Based on the memoir of the late Monty Python member, Graham Chapman, who died in 1989, the 3D animated biopic tells the story of Chapman’s life in the famously atypical Python style. Featuring recordings of Chapman that he made of his book in 1982 and matched with recorded sound from present, the film reunites members of the Monty Python troupe and brings Chapman back to life in a tour de force of animation through 17 different animation styles from 15 different animators.