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DIRECTV's The 101[R] Network Intensifies Its Lineup With Emmy and Golden Globe-Nominated Mini-Series Sleeper Cell.

Seasons One and Two to Air Wednesday Nights, Beginning Jan. 28

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- DIRECTV's Wednesday night line-up is getting even more intense with the addition of the critically acclaimed Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated mini-series Sleeper Cell. The gripping series tells the story of an undercover FBI agent who infiltrates a U.S.-based cell of Islamic terrorists. All 18 episodes (Seasons One and Two) will air commercial-free and in HD on Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning Jan. 28, 2009, only on DIRECTV's The 101[R] Network and DIRECTV on DEMAND.

An edge-of-your-seat action thriller, Sleeper Cell first aired on Showtime network in 2005 and was met with critical praise and accolades. Starring Michael Ealy and Oded Fehr, the series takes viewers underneath the veil of a terrorist network and unfolds the harrowing challenges faced by an agent determined to uncover its dark, twisted intentions. Sleeper Cell involves current events and pertinent political developments into its storylines as it explores the personal and professional side of committed agents combating the greatest and most concealed threat in the nation's history. In 2006, the mini-series received an Emmy Award nomination, Golden Globe nomination and Television Critics Association Award Nomination. Additionally, Michael Ealy earned a Golden Globe nod for his role in the second season.

"I am thrilled to bring Sleeper Cell to The 101Network," said Eric Shanks, executive vice president of Entertainment at DIRECTV. "It is one of the most gripping dramas ever made for television and our viewers will definitely be glued to the screen. With the addition of Sleeper Cell to our Wednesday night line-up, airing right before Wonderland, our audiences are in for one heart-pounding night of TV."

Sleeper Cell is created and executive produced by Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris. Grant Heslov (The Scorpion King), Alex Nesic (High Crimes), Henri Lubatti (24) and Blake Shields (The Hollow) also star. Sleeper Cell is distributed by CBS Television Distribution and is rated TV-MA.

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About DIRECTV, Inc.

DIRECTV, Inc. (NASDAQ:DTV), the nation's leading satellite television service provider, presents the finest television experience available to more than 17.3 million customers in the United States and is leading the HD revolution with more than 130 HD channels. Each day, DIRECTV subscribers enjoy access to over 265 channels of 100% digital picture and sound, exclusive programming, industry-leading customer satisfaction (which has surpassed national cable companies for eight years running) and superior technologies that include advanced DVR and HD-DVR services and the most state-of-the-art interactive sports packages available anywhere. For the most up-to-date information on DIRECTV, please visit directv.com.
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