'Death' becomes Court TV


Court TV has greenlighted production on its first original scripted series, " 'Til Death Do Us Part," starring filmmaker John Waters.

The network has ordered 13 half-hour episodes from Blueprint Entertainment. Each episode of the series, which will be shot in Toronto through Jan. 29, will dramatize stories inspired by true crimes of happily married couples whose once-wedded bliss ends in murder.

Waters, director of such films as "Pink Flamingos" and "Hairspray," plays the Groom Reaper, guiding the viewer through each case. " 'Til Death" marks the first time he has starred in a series.

The show is set to make its debut in early 2007 on Court TV and Canadian broadcaster Global Television (under the title "Love You to Death"). The project was announced more than a year ago.

Marc Juris, Court TV's general manager of programming and marketing, said Waters is the perfect star for the show, which he described as dark, edgy and "totally unique."

For his part, Waters noted that he feels "right at home as an actor" among the "unbelievably bizarre and sometimes gruesomely funny stories."

Ken Hanes is the showrunner and executive produces along with Ira Pincus, John Morayniss, Noreen Halpern and Jeff Lieberman. Writers include Hanes, Mary Hanes, Scott Nimerfro, Eric Charmelo, Nicole Snyder and James Ireland. The series was created by Jeff Lieberman. The executive in charge of production is vp scripted programming Dara Cohen.