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The Best in Entertainment: mio TV Introduces the Brand-New Line Up of US Series

Singapore, 9 September 2010 – There is now more reason to stay home and glued to your TV set! Singtel today announces the latest additions to mio TV’s exciting line up of Season Pass TV series for the US TV Season 2010/2011.  Viewers are bound to be spoilt for choice with outstanding new programmes including Nikita, Undercovers and No Ordinary Family as well as returning favourites such as Glee, Gossip Girl and The Vampire Diaries.

“mio TV customers will be the first in Singapore to see the best new US series, “ said Tim Carmichael, VP of mio TV, Singtel. “The introduction of these new titles, and the new season return of some of Singapore’s favourite titles, just 24 hours after their premiere in the US, ensures mio TV customers are ahead of the crowd. ”

One of the new additions to this rich programming line up is the premiere of the first season of Nikita, a remake of popular earlier series and films about an ex-spy gone rogue. In this action-packed drama that will leave fans on the edge of their seats, international femme fatale Maggie Q turns on the heat as a betrayed ex-assassin seeking retribution. Popular US teen stars Lyndsy Fonseca (Kick Ass, How I Met Your Mother) and Shane West (A Walk to Remember, ER) co-star.

Viewers will also be drawn into a world of intrigue with Undercovers, from acclaimed filmmaker J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, Fringe, Lost, Alias), a new series that has been described as Mr and Mrs Smith meets The Bourne Identity. The plot revolves around married couple Steven and Samantha Bloom, who appear to be in a typical relationship but actually fell in love while they were top CIA spies. To find a fellow spy and good friend who has suddenly gone missing, the couple are reinstated into the CIA and thrust back into the world of espionage and living life on the edge.

mio TV promises even more action and thrills with the first season of No Ordinary Family, which stars Michael Chiklis and Julie Benz as a married couple who discover that they, along with their two children, possess unique superpowers after a horrific plane crash into the Amazon River. Family life will take on a whole new meaning as the family unites to find purpose for their amazing new capabilities. [For more information on the other new Season Pass titles, please refer to the Annex behind.]

Coming back for another exciting season are the 2010 People’s Choice Award Series The Vampire Dairies, the ever-popular teen drama Gossip Girl, and the 2010 Golden Globe winner for best musical or comedy TV series Glee. Starting from 11, 15 and 23 September respectively, mio TV will again bring to life the latest twists and turns in Mystic Falls, Virginia, the Upper East Side in Manhattan, and Ohio’s William McKinley High School. Other returning favourites that viewers can look forward to snuggling up on the couch with include The Big Bang Theory, The Mentalist, Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives and the final season of Smallville.

Revised pricing for even better value

As part of Singtel’s commitment to bringing viewers the best value and more of Season Pass for less, mio TV has reduced the pricing of its Season Pass titles from S$1.99 per episode to S$1.36 per episode. Season Pass titles now start from as low as S$17.68 for a 13-episode series. In addition, mio TV is now also offering a new Mix & Match Season Pass promotion starting from today, which enables users to access the entire season of any five of their favourite Season Pass titles over 12 months, for which they pay only $19.90 per month over a period of six months.  

For more information and preview clips and trailers of these hot new television shows, please visit www.singtel-ustv.com.

How to Subscribe to mio TV

Customers can sign up at any Singtel Retail Store and by calling the Hotline at 1610 between 8am to midnight daily.

 

About mio TV

mio TV is the innovative digital pay TV service offering from Singtel. Launched in July 2007, the service offers customers value and full flexibility to watch what they want, when they want. Within three years, mio TV has signed up over 200,000 customers.

Currently, mio TV offers a total of 64 channels, of which 21 are on-demand channels. Content on mio TV covers a wide range of genres as well as Singapore’s largest range of video-on-demand titles and High Definition content.

Singtel is Asia’s leading communications group providing a portfolio of services including voice and data services over fixed, wireless, pay TV and internet platforms.

Together with its regional partners, it serves over 351 million mobile customers in 25 countries. For more information, visit www.singtel.com/miotv.

 

Annex

Date of launch on mio TV

Channel

 

Title and Synopsis

10 September

501

Hellcats Season 1

 

Synopsis: Marti Perkins' plan was to get through Lancer University on her scholarship, go to law school, and leave Memphis and her hard-drinking mother behind to start a new life as an attorney. Instead, Marti's scholarship gets cancelled and her mother "forgets" to tell her. Out of options, Marti finds herself fighting for a spot on the Hellcats -- Lancer's legendary cheer squad -- and for the scholarship that comes with it. The squad needs a new member when the beautiful Alice Verdura is injured, and Marti's fierce style, soulful moves and gymnastic elegance win her a place on the team, despite an ugly encounter with Savannah Monroe, a petite and peppy Texan who ends up being Marti's new roommate.    

                                                                                                                                                            Marti instantly hits it off with her new squad partner, the charming and extremely athletic Lewis Flynn, and their budding friendship causes alarm bells to go off for Lewis' ex, Alice, as well as Marti's long-time friend, Dan Patch. Overseeing all the practices and personal drama is former Hellcats star and current coach Vanessa Lodge, whose job is on the line unless the squad wins the upcoming nationals. Just like Marti, Vanessa's future is riding on the Hellcats ascending to the very top of the fiercely competitive world of college cheerleading.

 

11 September

503

Nikita Season 1

 

In this sexy and suspenseful series starring international action star and martial arts expert Maggie Q in the title role, NIKITA has gone rogue.

When she was a deeply troubled teenager, Nikita was rescued from death row by a secret U.S. agency known only as Division, who faked her execution and told her she was being given a second chance to start a new life and serve her country. What they didn't tell her was that she was being trained as a spy and assassin.

Ultimately, Nikita was betrayed and her dreams shattered by the only people she thought she could trust. Now, after three years in hiding, Nikita is seeking retribution and making it clear to her former bosses that she will stop at nothing to expose and destroy their covert operation, which continues to recruit and train other young people by erasing all evidence of their former lives and turning them into cold and efficient killers. One of these new recruits, Alex, is just beginning to understand what lies ahead for her and why the legendary Nikita made the desperate decision to run.

 

24 September

515

Undercovers Season 1

 

Synopsis: From acclaimed filmmaker J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, Fringe, Lost, Alias) comes a one-hour spy drama that proves marriage is still the world's most dangerous partnership.

Outwardly, Steven and Samantha Bloom are a typical married couple who own and operate a small catering company in Los Angeles. Secretly, they were two of the best spies the CIA had ever known, until they fell in love on the job seven years ago and retired. When a fellow spy and good friend goes missing while on the trail of a Russian arms dealer, they are reinstated to locate and rescue him. Thrust back into the world of espionage, disguises and hand-to-hand combat -- taking them to Madrid, Paris and Moscow -- Steven and Samantha realize that maybe this is exactly the kind of excitement their marriage is missing.

 

25 September

524

$#*! My Dad Says Season 1

 

Based on the #1 Twitter skein and best-selling book, $#*! MY DAD SAYS features the caustic musings of Ed, a retired military doctor whose cranky one-liners have left him, at 72, with three ex-wives and a lot of time alone in his garden. With two boys, Ed has a soft spot for younger son Henry, a likable slacker who’s out of work. Unable to pay his rent, Henry takes up his dad’s offer to move home, agreeing to follow house rules. But Ed has a secret plan - a second chance to be the father he never was - if it doesn’t kill them both first.

 

30 September

 

534

No Ordinary Family Season 1

 

The Powells are about to go from ordinary to extraordinary. After 16 years of marriage, Jim and Stephanie's relationship lacks the spark it once had, and their family life now consists of balancing work and their two children, leaving little time for family bonding. During a family vacation set up by Jim in an attempt to reconnect, their plane crashes into the Amazon River.             

But this is where the fun starts for the Powells, as they soon discover that something's not quite right. Each of them now possesses unique and distinct superpowers. But saving and savoring their family life will be equally important, as they try to find purpose for their new powers and embark on a journey to find out what defines and unifies them. The Powells are a totally relatable family who happen to be a little bit amazing.

 

10 October

 

 

 

 

536

Body of Proof Season 1

 

Synopsis: Dr. Megan Hunt (Dana Delany) was in a class of her own, a brilliant neurosurgeon at the top of her game. Her world is turned upside down when a devastating car accident puts an end to her time in the operating room. Megan resumes her career as a medical examiner determined to solve the puzzle of who or what killed the victims. Megan’s instincts are sharp, but she’s developed a reputation for graying the lines of where her job ends and where the police department’s begins. It turns out her career isn’t the only thing that will need to be rebuilt; Megan’s family has taken a backseat to her ambition, and now she’ll discover there’s a lot of work to do when it comes to dissecting her relationships with the living.

 

Coming in 2011

554

Paul Reiser Show Season 1

 

Synopsis: Paul Reiser's back on television and he's playing... Paul Reiser. From Jonathan Shapiro (Boston Legal) and Paul Reiser (Mad About You) comes a comedy based on Reiser's real-life experiences. Paul plays himself, an ex-TV star who's searching for his next big gig. As Paul waits for that day to come, he spends time with his family and a group of guys who still think they're 25. It's all fine, as long as he doesn't get caught doing something embarrassing that ends up on TMZ. Paul Reiser's been named one of the greatest stand-ups of all time. And as funny as he is on stage, he's even funnier at home.

 

Coming in 2011

550

Happy Endings  Season 1

 

Synopsis: Forget who gets to keep the ring - when a couple splits, the real question is, who gets to keep the friends? In this modern comedy, a couple's break-up will complicate all of their friends' lives and make everyone question their choices. When life throws you for a curve, hold on tight to the people you love. Every circle of friends has someone who's the gravitational center. For years, perfect couple Dave and Alex drew their friends in and held them together. Now that they've split, does this group have the stuff to stay together? Or do Max, Brad, Jane and Penny have to choose sides?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Suddenly every event is a negotiation... like, who gets to go on the annual ski trip? There are a lot of big questions to be answered, but this group has been together so long, somehow, little by little, they'll figure out how to hold on, even though their center is split up. It helps that Dave and Alex have agreed to stay friends. But there will definitely be other complications down the road - like Penny's long-suppressed feelings for Dave. What is the waiting period for dating a friend's ex? This show isn't afraid to ask the embarrassing personal questions that inevitably arise in every long-term, close-knit group of friends.

 

22 September

508

Lone Star  Season 1

From the director of "(500) Days of Summer" comes LONE STAR, a provocative soap set against the backdrop of big Texas oil.

Robert/Bob Allen  is a charismatic and brilliant schemer who has meticulously constructed two lives in two different parts of Texas. He's juggling two identities and two women in two very different worlds – all under one mountain of lies.

As "Bob," he lives in Houston and is married to Cat, the beautiful daughter of Clint, the patriarch of an ultra-wealthy Texas oil family. More than 400 miles away in the suburban west Texas town of Midland, he's "Robert," living a second life with his sweet, naïve girlfriend, Lindsay.

In Midland, he plays the perfect boyfriend while secretly bilking local investors of their savings. In Houston, he’s a devoted husband, charming Cat and her family to cement his position in the rich family business he aims to clean out.

Bob has lived both lives successfully for years without arousing any suspicions…so far. While one brother-in-law, Drew, admires Bob, his other brother-in-law, Trammell, is suspicious of his motives. Bob begins to fear his secret lives may unravel. With the cons closing in on him, Bob is divided by his love for two women; his loyalty to his father and mentor, John; and his respect for his father-in-law, Clint.

Now as he tries to hold his two lives together, while fending off angry investors and the suspicions of those around him, Bob puts it all on the line hoping he can beat the odds, leave the schemes behind and keep two separate relationships afloat.

 

22 September

509

Mike and Molly Season 1

 

Police officer Mike Biggs knows his way around the streets. As a cop, Mike’s not scared of anything - except dating, so he’s joined Overeaters Anonymous® to lose those extra pounds and gain some much-needed confidence. When he meets Molly at a meeting, the attraction is immediate, and suddenly Mike is excited about the prospect of a new life. But now he must find the willpower to give up his beloved junk food for the apple of his eye.              

                                                                                                   From the hilarious minds of Big Bang Theory's Mark Roberts and Chuck Lorre, this multi-camera romantic comedy gets down to the nitty gritty of what it means for Mike, an affable police officer, and Molly, a smart and cheerful teacher, to start a relationship amongst all the disruptions and chaos that befall two good-natured people just trying to find a little slice of happiness.

 

22 September

511

Chase  Season 1

From Emmy Award-winning executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer (CSI franchise, The Amazing Race, Pirates of the Caribbean, Prince Of Persia) and Jennifer Johnson (Cold Case) comes a lightning-fast game of cat and mouse that drops you right in the middle of the action.

U.S. Marshals Annie Frost (Kelli Giddish, Past Life) likes to stay one step ahead of the outlaws. As far as this cowboy boot-wearing girl is concerned, they can run, but they can't hide from her forever. Annie has a sharp mind, a big heart, and an attitude to match. Throw in a unique perspective and personal style, and she is the reason you don't mess with Texas.

Jump aboard this rollercoaster ride. It's all about the thrill of the chase.

 

23 September

513

Raising Hope  Season 1

RAISING HOPE is a new single-camera family comedy from Emmy Award winner Greg Garcia ("My Name Is Earl") that follows the Chance family as they find themselves adding an unexpected new member into their already terribly flawed household.

At 23 years old, Jimmy Chance is going nowhere in life. He skims pools for a living, parties every night and still lives at home with his family, including his Maw Maw; his mother, Virginia; his father, Burt; and his cousin, Mike.

Jimmy's life takes a drastic turn when a chance romantic encounter with Lucy goes awry once he discovers she is a wanted felon. Months later, when Jimmy pays a visit to the local prison, he discovers Lucy gave birth to their baby, who he is now charged with raising.

At home with his new daughter, Jimmy's family is less than enthusiastic about a new addition to the household. His parents, who had him when they were 15, never knew anything about raising a child and have no interest in trying again. If Jimmy can work up the nerve to ask her out on a date, he might get some help from Sabrina, a sardonic checkout clerk he met at the supermarket. Cousin Mike is only concerned about how the baby is going to affect their social life, and out-of-touch Maw Maw is no help either. But Jimmy is determined to take care of his baby - whom Virginia thinks they should name Hope.

With very few useful skills but their hearts in the right place, will the Chance family be successful when they step into the unpredictable and immensely challenging world of parenting?

 

23 September

514

Detroit 1-8-7  Season 1

What does it take to be a detective on America's streets? Get an in-depth look at some of Detroit's finest and watch the crisis and revelation, heartbreak and heroism of the cops assigned to an inner city homicide unit.

 

24 September

517

Better With You  Season 1

Maddie and Ben have been dating for nine years. They know each other inside and out, a relationship marked by contentment and affection, seeing their commitment to one another as a "valid life choice," something they proclaim often - and often loudly. Maddie's younger sister, Mia, has been dating Casey for seven weeks. With a shared c'est la vie attitude, Mia and Casey are smitten with each other, and thrilled to explore the oh-so-many things they don't know about each other yet.

But when they announce they're getting married and having a baby, it's news that throws Maddie for a loop. Surprisingly, the girls' parents, Vicky and Joel, couldn't be more pleased. Married 35 years, they have recently adopted a carpe diem sort of philosophy, rather like Mia's, maybe because they're getting older and lost a good portion of their savings when the economy tanked. With three very different relationships tightly intertwined in one family, will it be free thinkers vs. over-thinkers, or will each couple begin to see things a little bit differently?

 

24 September

520

Whole Truth  Season 1

This unique legal drama chronicles the way a case is built from the perspective of both the defense and prosecution. Showing each side equally keeps the audience guessing, shifting allegiances of guilt or innocence until the very final scene.

Kathryn Peale, the product of a New England background and a sheriff father, is the Deputy Bureau Chief in the New York State District Attorney's office. Jimmy Brogan, born and raised in Hell's Kitchen and a friend of Kathryn's since their days at Yale Law School, is one of New York's rising criminal attorney stars. Buoyed by their respective teams, these evenly matched lawyers -- each with a strong streak of competitiveness, a fervent belief in their clients and an equally intense passion for the law -- go about creating two different stories from the same set of facts. As this up-close, behind-the-scenes look at the legal process mirrors the excitement of a great championship match, it becomes evident that truth has nothing to do with innocence or guilt -- at the end of every trial, the only thing that matters is what the jury believes.

 

25 September

523

My Generation  Season 1

What a difference ten years can make. In 2000, a documentary crew follows a disparate group of high schoolers from Greenbelt High School in Austin, TX as they prepare for graduation, then revisits these former classmates ten years later as they return home to rediscover that just because they're not where they planned doesn't mean they're not right where they need to be.

These students couldn't wait to graduate and head out into the real world. But the world they were entering got very real very fast. As these classmates return home to revisit their old hopes for their future, they'll discover that, even if you don't get exactly what you thought you wanted out of life, it's not too late to get what you need.

 

26 September

529

School Pride  Season 1

How much better would children do in a school that they're proud of? Let's find out.

Studies show that beautiful schools result in higher scholastic achievement, and we're putting that theory to the test. Each week, we empower an entire community as we renovate a rundown school and watch as its pride grows. Every episode features touching personal stories of children, parents and teachers experiencing the amazing transformations of their school grounds and athletic fields. Surprise celebrity appearances and seeing it all happen against the clock add drama to this inspirational show.

 

3 October

537

Harry’s Law  Season 1

Starring Academy Award winner Kathy Bates (Misery, About Schmidt), Emmy Award-winning creator David E. Kelley (The Practice, Boston Legal) brings his unique storytelling to a series about fate, and the people it brings together.

Harriet (Bates), Matthew and Malcolm couldn't be any more different. Harriet is a curmudgeonly ex-patent lawyer. Matthew is a recently fired high school teacher. And Malcolm is a young man trying to figure out life. When these three unexpectedly cross paths, they realize they're all looking for a fresh start. Now, the most unlikely of people are starting a law practice in the most unlikely of places, a rundown shoe store.

Imagine the walk-in clientele.

 

TBC

540

Glory Daze  Season 1

Get ready to go back to college. GLORY DAZE is a fresh and sharply written one-hour comedy series set in 1980s Wisconsin. The show centers on a group of friends trying to navigate college life as they sort out new challenges, including pledging a fraternity, and discover how tricky the next few years are going to be. With a talented ensemble cast, it's never been a better time to get a whole new -- and hilarious --perspective on college life in the '80s.

 

 

Returning Series

 

 

 

Title

Season

Channel

Premiering

Vampire Diaries

2

502

11-Sep

Gossip Girls

4

504

15-Sep

One Tree Hill

8

505

16-Sep

Chuck

4

506

22-Sep

Two and a Half Men

8

507

22-Sep

Castle

3

510

22-Sep

Glee

2

512

23-Sep

Middle

2

516

24-Sep

Cougar Town

2

518

24-Sep

Criminal Minds

6

519

24-Sep

Big Bang Theory

4

521

24-Sep

Bones

6

522

25-Sep

Fringe

3

524

25-Sep

Grey's Anatomy

7

526

25-Sep

Private Practice

4

527

25-Sep

The Mentalist

3

528

25-Sep

Smallville

10

530

26-Sep

Supernatural

6

531

26-Sep

Desperate Housewives

7

532

28-Sep

Brothers & Sisters

5

533

28-Sep

Human Target

2

535

03-Oct

Lie To Me

3

538

12-Nov

Greek

6

539

TBC

Men of a Certain Age

2

541

TBC