AXS TV ANNOUNCES FALL PREMIERE DATES FOR THE 2015-2016 SEASON
‘THE X FACTOR UK’ RETURNS FOR THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR ON SUN., AUG. 30 AT 8pE, WITH NEW JUDGES RITA ORA AND NICK GRIMSHAW JOINING SIMON COWELL AND CHERYL FERNANDEZ-VERSINI
FIRST THREE SEASONS OF THE HIT DRAMA SERIES ‘NASHVILLE’ TO LAUNCH ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 WITH THREE BACK-TO-BACK EPISODES EACH WEEK STARTING AT 8pE
LOS ANGELES – Monday, July 27, 2015 – AXS TV—cable’s premier music performance and entertainment event channel—announced today the rollout of its fall premiere dates for new and returning series. The diverse lineup includes season 12 of the global powerhouse singing competition THE X FACTOR UK, airing for the second consecutive year on AXS TV, on Sunday, August 30. The new season marks the return of fan-favorite judges Simon Cowell and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini who will also be joined by a new pair of judges, international pop superstar Rita Ora and respected BBC Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw as well as two brand new hosts – hit singer/songwriter and former contestant Olly Murs and TV personality Caroline Flack. The series will air weekly with new episodes premiering on Sundays and Mondays at 8pE.
Beginning Saturday, September 26, AXS TV will present the ultimate binge-watching experience with an evening of great storytelling, immersive drama, and show-stopping performances, with the smash country music drama NASHVILLE. The network has acquired the first three seasons of the beloved series, and will air three episodes in succession each week, starting on Sept. 26 at 8pE. NASHVILLE stars an outstanding ensemble cast led by Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere in addition to an impressive roster of guest stars that includes Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Kelly Clarkson, and Luke Bryan, among others.
And AXS TV is proud to present the world television premiere of Magnolia Pictures’ Oscar®-winning documentary MAN ON WIRE, Saturday, September 5 at 9pE. Filmed on location in New York and Paris, MAN ON WIRE is the incredible true story of daredevil Philippe Petit’s ambitious—and highly illegal—scheme to walk the high wire between New York’s landmark Twin Towers on August 7, 1974. Featuring interviews with Petit and his crew, the film details the eight months of planning that went into the pulse-pounding stunt, as he carefully mapped out what would later become known as “the artistic crime of the century.” MAN ON WIRE was a critical sensation, and ultimately took home the Oscar® for Best Documentary in 2009.
Additionally, the network has composed a fall programming roster loaded with high-energy concerts, edgy comedy, hard-hitting MMA events, and candid interviews, headlined by the UK-produced documentary series ROCK LEGENDS on Wednesday, October 14, at 8pE. Packed with rare archival footage, live performances, and surprising reveals, the second season of this series gives viewers an in-depth look at the lives and legacies of some of the biggest names in music such as KISS, No Doubt, Amy Winehouse, Meat Loaf, Van Halen, Prince, Tina Turner, and more.
The network is also premiering the new original series BREAKING BAND on Wednesday, October 14, at 9pE. The six-episode 30-minute documentary style reality series places legendary musical artists into the role of mentors, pairing them with up-and-coming artists for a once in a lifetime collaboration. This season’s mentors are musician and TV personality Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray), pop queen Belinda Carlisle (The Go-Go’s), rock legend Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), award-winning producer and techno icon Moby, metal master Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), and guitar idol Dave Navarro (Janes Addiction). As mentors, their role is to share advice and lend support to the breaking artists – potentially even taking the stage to join them for an encore. The series was shot at YouTube Space LA with concert highlights available on Youtube.com/axstvconcerts.
Joining ROCK LEGENDS and BREAKING BAND on Wednesdays starting October 14 is the 26-episode PROFILES block at 9:30pE. The late night lineup puts the spotlight on an impressive list of entertainers spanning a wide variety of decades and genres, with titles such as Ariana Grande: My Way, Britney Spears: Workin’ It, Carrie Underwood: Country Idol, Elton John: Music Man, J-Lo: Get Real, Metallica: Masters of Metal, One Direction: The Inside Story, Pharrell: Happy Go Lucky, Tim McGraw: Southern Man, Shakira: Hits Don’t Lie, The Story of the Rolling Stones, Whitney Houston: We Will Always Love You, and many more.
Fall will also welcome the return of several AXS TV original series, including THE BIG INTERVIEW with Dan Rather, airing every Tuesday at 8pE/5pP. The fall cycle of new episodes start in late October, when the legendary newsman sits down with industry icons such as country favorite Charley Pride, Oscar®-winning auteur Quentin Tarantino, actress, model and mogul Kathy Ireland, rock n’ roll pioneer Gregg Allman, among others.
The Thursday comedy block is back on August 27, with the addition of ONLY IN AMERICA—the popular road trip reality series produced by Pilgrim Studios starring beloved comedian Larry the Cable Guy on a cross-country quest to find the people, places, and things that make this country unique, with back-to-back episodes every week at 8pE and 9pE. Then, at 10pE, GOTHAM COMEDY LIVE returns for a fifth season of laughs as the favorites of today and the icons of tomorrow take the stage at the world-famous Gotham Comedy Club in New York City. And get ready for even more irreverence as MOCKpocalypse returns at 11pE. In this fall cycle, top comics discuss the music industry’s hottest topics and trends, in this panel show from comedy troupe Dr. God. ART MANN PRESENTS rounds out the evening in a new timeslot at 11:30pE. The charismatic reporter takes viewers on a guided tour of the hottest party scenes and festivals in America, and the colorful personalities who attend them.
Every Friday night, don’t miss the world’s second-largest wrestling promotion in action, as New Japan Pro Wrestling continues its successful first season on AXS TV with 17 all-new episodes, every Friday at 9pE, starting August 14. Then, get ready for more hard-hitting action as the network presents live MMA, Muay Thai and kickboxing events from across the country on AXS TV FIGHTS at 10pE. Other sports highlights include the 122nd MONON BELL CLASSIC, with DePauw University and Wabash College continuing one of college football’s oldest rivalries live on Saturday, November 14 at 1pE; and Syracuse, UConn, Michigan, Gonzaga, Texas, Washington, Texas A&M and Charlotte compete in the BATTLE 4 ATLANTIS Men’s College Basketball Tournament, Wednesday, November 25 to Friday, November 27 live from the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas.
AXS TV’s fall premiere dates are listed in chronological order for premieres. All times are ET:
Thursday, August 27
Sunday, August 30
Monday, August 31
Saturday, September 5
Saturday, September 26
Wednesday, October 14
Saturday, Nov. 14
Wednesday, Nov. 25 – Friday, Nov. 27
Program descriptions are listed below by programming blocks.
Thursdays Comedy Block
AUGUST 27 – “ONLY IN AMERICA” – Seasons 1, 2, and 3 – (8pE and 9pE)
Comedian Larry the Cable Guy hits the road in this hilarious and insightful reality series that follows the funnyman as he travels across the country in search of the people, places, and things that define America’s history. AXS TV will air all three seasons of the series.
AUGUST 27 – “GOTHAM COMEDY LIVE” – Season 5 Premiere – (10pE)
GOTHAM COMEDY LIVE kicks off its fifth season with an all new line-up featuring the country’s top comics as they perform live at the legendary Gotham Comedy Club in New York City every Thursday night.
AUGUST 27 – “MOCKpocalypse” – Season 2 Fall Cycle – (11pE)
AXS TV’s half-hour comedy panel series MOCKpocalypse returns for a third season this fall featuring a panel of today’s top comedians who provide their own humorous takes on the hottest topics and trends in the music industry. The series is the brainchild of acclaimed comedy quintet Dr. God, and is produced by Dr. God founders Neil Garguilo and Dave Park.
AUGUST 27 – “ART MANN PRESENTS” – Season 11 Fall Cycle – (11:30pE)
Everyman reporter Art Mann takes viewers on a wild guided tour of the hottest parties and festivals in the U.S., getting up and close personal with the crazy and colorful people who attend them.
Friday Night Programming (New Japan Pro Wrestling, AXS TV Fights)
NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING – Season 1 – Fridays at 9pE
The second-largest wrestling promotion in the world returns to AXS TV for 17 more thrilling episodes continuing the hit series through the end of the year. Former UFC Heavyweight Champion and NJPW veteran Josh Barnett and renowned combat sports commentator Mauro Ranallo provide English language commentary for the series.
AXS TV FIGHTS – Fridays at 10pE
AXS TV FIGHTS pulls no punches this fall with a packed schedule offering live MMA and Muay Thai kickboxing events nearly every Friday night. Tune in for events from top regional promotions such as Legacy Fighting Championship, Legacy Kickboxing, LION FIGHT, Resurrection Fighting Alliance, and CES MMA. AXS TV FIGHTS broadcasters UFC Hall of Famer Pat Miletich and award-winning journalist and renowned broadcaster “The Voice” Michael Schiavello are cage side, providing live play-by-play and commentary throughout the fights.
INSIDE MMA – Fridays at 12:30aE
Immediately following AXS TV FIGHTS, join award-winning broadcaster Kenny Rice and UFC Hall of Famer Bas Rutten as they recap the night’s action, break down the latest news in mixed martial arts, and interview the sport’s biggest stars. INSIDE MMA correspondent Ron Kruck provides on-site coverage of major MMA events and feature stories and interviews on issues facing the sport.
Upcoming scheduled fights are as follows:
Additional Highlights Include:
SUNDAY, August 30 – Season 12 Premiere: THE X FACTOR UK – 8pE
For the second consecutive year, AXS TV will air the hit singing competition created by Simon Cowell. The series, now in its 12th season, marks the return of judges Simon Cowell and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, as well as two new judges: international pop superstar Rita Ora and respected BBC Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw. Also on hand for the season are a pair of new hosts, featuring best-selling singer/songwriter—and former X FACTOR UK contestant—Olly Murs, and well-known UK TV presenter Caroline Flack. The series will air on Sundays and Mondays throughout the season.
SATURDAY, September 5 – MOVIE WORLD PREMIERE: MAN ON WIRE – 9pE
Filmmaker James Marsh brings the incredible true story of Philippe Petit to life, as the infamous high-wire walker discusses his bold—and highly illegal—scheme to walk a wire between New York’s Twin Towers on August 7, 1974. Featuring candid interviews with Petit and his conspirators, the film details the eight months of planning that went into the plot, as the masterful daredevil worked to make his unique dream come true. MAN ON WIRE won the Oscar® for Best Documentary in 2009.
SATURDAY, September 26 – Network Premiere: NASHVILLE – 8pE –Beginning with Season 1
The smash-hit Country music drama NASHVILLE rolls in to AXS TV with three back-to-back episodes every Saturday night beginning September 26. Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere star as rival Country Queens in this critically acclaimed series set in the heart of Music City, following the lives of a group of musicians as they deal with the highs and lows of making it in the cutthroat music industry. Additionally, NASHVILLE boasts an outstanding ensemble cast and features a wide variety of cameo appearances from some of entertainment’s biggest names including Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley, Christina Aguilera, and many more.
WEDNESDAY, October 14 – Series Premiere: BREAKING BAND – 9pE
AXS TV expands its music programming lineup with the all-new original series BREAKING BAND, as some of the country’s top up-and-coming artists aspire to rock n’ roll stardom. Helping the artists on their journey is an impressive cast of legendary mentors, including musician and TV host Mark McGrath, Go-Go’s star Belinda Carlisle, Cheap Trick legend Robin Zander, techno icon Moby, metal master Sebastian Bach, and guitar idol Dave Navarro.
SATURDAY, November 14 – MONON BELL CLASSIC – 1pE
For the 11th year, AXS TV will broadcast live one of college football’s oldest and closest college rivalry games: the Monon Bell Classic. The 122nd football game between DePauw University and Wabash College will take place Saturday, Nov. 14 beginning at 1pE.
WEDNESDAY, November 25 to Friday, November 27 – BATTLE 4 ATLANTIS Men’s College Basketball Tournament
For the fifth consecutive year, AXS TV will broadcast the select games from the 2015 BATTLE 4 ATLANTIS, the premier preseason men’s college basketball tournament filmed live from the Atlantis Resort in Paradise Island, Bahamas. Syracuse, UConn, Michigan, Gonzaga, Texas, Washington, Texas A&M and Charlotte compete in this annual tournament which runs from Nov. 25-27, 2015.
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