MANILA (September 23, 2014) – Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia is set to dazzle viewers in the Philippines with a new look for beTV. Debuting October 15, Sony Channel will be the premier destination for female-skewing Hollywood entertainment.
Sony Channel will feature some of the most captivating and talked-about drama, comedy, lifestyle and reality programs on TV, all airing close to the U.S. telecasts, together with popular feel-good movies. New programming will include “How to Get Away with Murder,” the latest drama from executive producer Shonda Rhimes (“Scandal”, “Grey’s Anatomy”). Other new series coming to Sony Channel include White House drama “Madam Secretary,” starring Téa Leoni; romantic comedy “Manhattan Love Story”; as well as the comedic drama “Jane The Virgin.”
“We believe there is an opportunity in the Philippines for a general entertainment destination that is female focused, but also male inclusive. These four new series are smart, edgy and driven by strong women — a perfect fit for the new Sony Channel brand,” said Hui Keng Ang, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Networks, Asia, Sony Pictures Television.
These series will join a variety of popular returning programs on Sony Channel, including pulsating medical drama “The Night Shift,” starring Eoin Macken (“Merlin”), which debuted as the top scripted series last summer in the U.S.; musical drama “Nashville,” which follows the struggles of the fading queen of country music and a rising young star respectively played by Emmy-nominated Connie Britton (“Friday Night Lights”) and Golden Globe-nominated Hayden Panettiere (“Heroes”); along with reality competition “Cupcake Wars” and dating series “The Millionaire Matchmaker.”
Fresh, confident and stylish, with a dash of clever wit, Sony Channel is visually stunning with a brand identity that perfectly complements its line-up of high calibre programming.
HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER
In “How to Get Away with Murder,” Oscar nominee Viola Davis (“Doubt”, “The Help”) stars as the brilliant, charismatic professor and master litigator Annalise Keating, who invites five of her first year law students to work on high profile cases and manipulates them into doing dirty legal legwork. Shonda Rhimes, Betsey Beers and Peter Nowalk serve as executive producers. “How to Get Away with Murder” is an ABC Studios production.
MANHATTAN LOVE STORY
This romantic comedy follows the journey of a new couple played by Analeigh Tipton (“Crazy, Stupid, Love”) and Jake McDorman (“Shameless”); juxtaposing the things they say with their thoughts. Peter Traugott, Jeff Lowell, Robin Schwartz, Rachael Kaplan and Jon Liebman serve as executive producers. “Manhattan Love Story” is an ABC Studios production.
Téa Leoni (“Tower Heist”) plays Elizabeth McCord, the shrewd, determined, newly appointed Secretary of State who negotiates politics and issues, both at the White House and at home. Barbara Hall, Lori McCreary, Morgan Freeman and David Semel serve as executive producers. “Madam Secretary” is a CBS Television Studios production in association with Revelations Entertainment.
JANE THE VIRGIN
Gina Rodriguez (“Filly Brown”) stars as the titular character whose vow to save her virginity until her marriage to a detective is dashed when a doctor artificially inseminates her by mistake. Jennie Snyder Urman, Ben Silverman, Gary Pearl and Jorge Granier serve as executive producers. “Jane the Virgin” is produced by CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television, in association with Electus.
Sony Channel debuts on October 15, 2014, from 7AM