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NBCUni Global Networks Italia's channel highlights.

As summer heats up, NBCUniversal in Italy will be heating up Italian TV screens in July and August with a selection of tides featuring bigname stars on its four channels: E! Entertainment, which offers the most up-to-date Hollywood news; Diva Universal, an entertainment channel dedicated to fascinating women; Steel/Syfy, which airs action and comedy programming and American cinema channel Studio Universal. The channels and scheduling represent a successful model for many European channels. NBCUniversal Global Networks Italy also runs Universal Channel in Turkey and Greece.

In July on E! Entertainment (Sky platform Channel 129), viewers can catch the 18-episode seventh season of the reality show, Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Plus, E! Entertainment format Behind the Scenes will go backstage with the stars of Snow White 6-The Huntsman. Meanwhile, F! Investigates A Family Tragedy: The Powells will tell the true story of the murder/suicide of the Powell family.

In August, the channel is serving up E! Special: Heroes Gone Wrong, which investigates what happens when people violate the public trust and commit horrific crimes. El Bridal to Homicidal is an hour-long special that tells the story of women who transform from happy brides to murderers. To mark the 35th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, E! True Hollywood Story: Last Days of Elvis recounts the singer's last days. In addition, Mrs. Eastwood 6-Company, about American actor Clint Eastwood's wife and daughters, will come to E! Entertainment in Italy.


Diva Universal (Sky platform Channel 128) is kicking off July with detective series Kojak. The channel is also premiering a number of programs dedicated to powerful women, starting with a timely episode of the original format Great Women called Great Women: Special Olympic Games--Nadia Comaneci, just in time for the 2012 Olympics. Other episodes include Great Women: Eva Peron, premiering in July; Great Women: Marilyn Monroe, premiering in August; Great Women: Special Olympic Games--Leni Riefenstahl (August) and Great Women: Lady Diana (August).

With support from the Italian Police, Diva Universal is fighting violence by dedicating a new original format, Diva Universal Against Violence to the theme "Police: feminine singular. In defense of women." Viewers can also tune in to Diva Universal to catch HBO documentary Public Speaking (August), about Fran Lebowitz.

Drama series Grimm, which is inspired by the classic Grimm fairy tales, and Being Human 4, which centers on a werewolf, a vampire and a ghost trying to live normal lives, will both make their territory premieres on Syfy (Steel--Mediaset Premium on DYE) on July 2 and will continue to air each Monday. Additionally, The Greatest American Hero, an American comedy-drama about a man who learns to use his superhuman powers by trial and error, will debut on the channel on July 10.



Studio Universal is chock-full of exciting titles such as Superman; The Evil Dead Robocop; Jaws; Interceptor, Evita (as a tribute to Evita Peron); The Outsiders and Jerry Maguire (to honor Tom Cruise); Crossfire, Blood on the Moon, Cape Fear, The Good Guys and the Bad Guys and The Yakuza (as a tribute to Robert Mitchum); Shadows, Faces, A Woman Under the Influence and Opening Night (as part of the Cassavetes Stunt), and The Big Red One (as part of 1 Film 1 History), among others.
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Date:Jun 1, 2012
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