Five titles to watch at this year's market
Empty"America: The Story of the U.S."
From the turbulent early years of the Native-American wars to the moon landing, this epic series chronicles 400 years of American history, providing an intensive look at the forces that shaped a nation. Throughout the 12-hour series viewers will hear commentary from a range of American artists, business leaders, academics and intellectuals, including Buzz Aldrin, Colin Powell, Michael Douglas, Donald Trump and Gen. David H. Petraeus. Distributor: AETN
Based on the novel by the legendary Terry Pratchett, this visually stunning two-part fantasy/drama stars Richard Coyle as Moist von Lipwig, a former con man who, in exchange for his life, agrees to run the neg-lected local post office of the fictional city-state of Ankh-Morpork. When he introduces postage stamps in an attempt to get the post office up and running, he draws the ire of sinister, corrupt forces within the city. Distributor: All3Media
"101 Ways to Leave a Gameshow"
Gameshows always have winners and losers, but in this unique variation on the genre, losing contestants aren't simply asked to leave, they're ejected from the show -- literally. Whether it's by human cannon, catapult, bungee cord or parachute, the only thing the stunts have in common is that contestants won't know they've lost until they're flying through the air -- and off the show. Distributor: Endemol
Featuring a pilot written by "Sopranos" veteran Terence Winter and directed by Oscar-winner Martin Scorsese, this sprawling drama was inspired by portions of New Jersey Superior Court judge Nelson Johnson's 2002 book about the colorful history of Atlantic City. Beginning in the 1920s, "Empire" tells the story of how ethically challenged political fixer Enoch "Nucky" Thompson (Steve Buscemi) uses backroom deals and gangster tactics to give birth to a thriving seaside mecca where anything goes -- as long as it goes through him. Distributor: HBO
Welcome to Haplin, Minn., the seemingly peaceful setting for this intriguing mystery from "Life on Mars" producers Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec. Featuring an ensemble cast lead by Stephen Webber ("Wings") and Sam Neil ("Jurassic Park"), "Happy" explores how a small mid-western town responds when, after five years of uneasy calm following a series of unsolved abductions, a troubling new crime forces the locals to confront the fact that the nightmare might be beginning anew. With the possible return of "The Magic Man," long-hidden secrets threaten to destroy Haplin's fragile tranquility. Distributor: Disney