TV Guide has a new 'Watch' list

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TV Guide Channel has renewed its signature series "Watch This!" for a second season and added a co-host along with a new set and show segments.

Nikki Boyer -- the former host of TLC's "Perfect Proposal" who has served as a guest co-host on "Watch This!" -- has permanently joined John Henson as series co-host. The show, which airs from 7-8 p.m. weeknights (except Tuesday), aims to serve as a guide for viewers to the hottest shows in primetime.

For its second season, "Watch" is getting a new set and updated graphics along with new segments, including in-studio interviews with industry experts on the latest TV trends and "The Watch List," which takes a look at the top entertainment news stories while Henson provides humor. The show also includes celebrity interviews, updates on new DVD releases of TV shows and the hosts' top picks of the night.

TV Guide Channel president Ryan O'Hara pointed to the "great chemistry" between Henson and Boyer.

As for the new changes, "we decided to put some money into the set, which brings a different energy and attitude to the show," O'Hara said. "This is a signature series for us; it gets more airtime than anything else on the network. For us, it's like (ESPN's) 'SportsCenter.' If you love TV and are trying to figure out what's on TV that night, this feeds the need."

O'Hara added that he is considering expanding the show to five nights a week.

Boyer got her start on KPLR St. Louis' "Kids Club," for which she won three regional Emmys. She also has worked the awards-show red carpet for TV Guide Channel.

In other TV Guide news, parent company Gemstar-TV Guide International on Thursday announced the acquisition of Aptiv Digital, a software designer for set-top boxes. The company will cost Gemstar $16 million.

Aptiv, which was spun off by Pioneer Corp. in 1996, specializes in innovations for interactive program guides. Aptiv execs Neil Jones and Haig Krakirian will stay on with the company, reporting to Tom Carson, president of Gemstar's IPG group, and Steve Shannon, executive vp product development.
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