'Dove' back to air with RHI-Ion deal


RHI Entertainment and Ion Media Networks are firming up the details of their expanded programming partnership announced in May, which will include a new digitally remastered edition of the miniseries "Lonesome Dove."

The deal calls for RHI to be the exclusive primetime program supplier for Ion (formerly Pax Network) from 7-11 p.m. Fridays-Sundays. The programming, a mix of movies and miniseries, will include originals and library titles.

The weekends, dubbed "RHI Movie Weekend," kick off June 29. "Dove" is set to premiere from 9-11 p.m. June 30 and continue July 7, 14 and 21. The mini stars Robert Duvall, Anjelica Huston, Tommy Lee Jones, Diane Lane, Danny Glover and Chris Cooper.

The premiere weekend also will feature "Broken Vows," starring Jones and Annette O'Toole (7-9 p.m. June 29), and "Cleopatra," starring Timothy Dalton, Billy Zane and Leonor Varela (7-11 p.m. July 1).

Other titles include "The Twilight of the Golds," starring Faye Dunaway, Brendan Fraser, Gary Marshall, Rosie O'Donnell and Jennifer Beals (7-11 p.m. July 6); "In Cold Blood," based on Truman Capote's true-crime saga and starring Anthony Edwards, Eric Roberts and Sam Neill (7-11 p.m. July 15); "Moby Dick," starring Patrick Stewart (7-11 p.m. Aug. 12); and the "prequel" to "Lonesome Dove," Larry McMurtry's "Dead Man's Walk," starring David Arquette and Jonny Lee Miller (9-11 p.m. Aug. 18 and 25 and Sept. 1).

"The 'RHI Movie Weekend' is the perfect showcase for our biggest productions and premieres," RHI Entertainment president and CEO Robert Halmi Jr. said. "We are excited to be a part of the Ion Television Network."

Added Ion Media Networks CEO Brandon Burgess, "Our relationship with RHI is raising the bar for made-for-TV movies, and nothing speaks to that mission more than the decision to air the critically acclaimed 'Lonesome Dove' on RHI's premiere weekend on Ion Television."

As previously announced, the action-thriller miniseries "Killer Wave" is the first of 12 originals.