ITV lines up game shows, dramas
New season will usher in local 'Law & Order'LONDON -- ITV director of television Peter Fincham is putting feel-good entertainment at the heart of his network's winter/spring season.
On Tuesday, Britain's biggest commercial broadcaster unveiled a lineup that includes new primetime game show "The Color of Money," the return of classic TV bloopers show "It'll Be Alright on the Night" and a revamped version of '80s cult challenge show "The Krypton Factor."
"Money" will be fronted by Chris Tarrant, U.K. host of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" while comedian Griff Rhys Jones, a one-time colleague of Fincham's at Talkback Prods., will present the return of "Alright on the Night."
ITV also will launch a major anti-obesity campaign encouraging viewers and celebrities to lose weight.
Shows in the pro-health strand include "The Feelgood Factor" and "My Big Fat Diet," which examine the impact of unhealthy eating.
Drama highlights include a vampire drama starring Philip Glenister as a vampire hunter with lineage dating back to Van Helsing and a "zero tolerance" policy for the undead. "Demons" also will star MacKenzie Crook as a sinister vampire who has vowed to wipe out the last descendant of the Van Helsing line.
ITV also will air its hotly anticipated London-based version of "Law & Order," but Fincham admitted that, under the current financial circumstances, factual shows are easier to commission than costly new dramas.
"We will have lots of drama onscreen, but it is no secret that, if we are balancing a budget, factual programs are less expensive," he told reporters.