Foxtel will launch its new SoHo channel on Monday August 20, at 8.30pm with the Australian premiere of Aaron Sorkin’s anticipated new drama The Newsroom, starring Jeff Daniels as the anchor of a fictional cable news service.
It replaces the W Channel and will be available to all Foxtel subscribers on the basic Get Started package.
SoHo will also feature Damages season 5, Boss season 2, The Glades season 3 and next year the premiere of Australian drama, Wentworth.
HBO series The Newsroom is the brainchild of Aaron Sorkin, creator of The West Wing and screenwriter of The Social Network and Moneyball. Starring alongside Daniels are Sam Waterston (Law and Order), Emily Mortimer and Dev Patel plus Jane Fonda as the CEO of the news network’s parent company.
Foxtel Executive Director Television Brian Walsh said “With its stellar cast and pedigree, The Newsroom has become the most anticipated and analysed drama of the new US season. It premiered as HBO’s third most watched series’ launch to date and has already been renewed for a second season.
“The Newsroom is an outstanding television event which exemplifies the calibre of the Australian and international programming on Foxtel’s new SoHo channel.”
“SoHo evolves from the W channel as we felt there was a demand to develop a pure drama schedule dedicated to discerning television fans and available to all subscribers,” Mr Walsh said.
“The new SoHo channel complements the total Foxtel drama offering, across other channels such as showcase, UKTV and FX, and reinforces our commitment to being the home of the best television drama from around the world.”
SoHo Channel Manager Penny Win said “SoHo will provide Foxtel’s diverse audience with intelligent, dramatic and distinctive storytelling.”
“SoHo’s weekday schedule will feature exclusive and premiere series and weekends will include Box Set blocks as SoHo runs entire seasons of celebrated shows.”
The majority of SoHo’s programming schedule will be telecast in high definition; however some series were only produced in standard definition. W Channel’s The Young and the Restless will move to Arena on August 20th.
What does the name SoHo mean?
The name conveys the sophisticated and international pulse of Foxtel’s new drama channel, capturing the best of the US and high quality UK programming. The Soho districts of both London and New York are synonymous with contemporary living. So too is this new channel destination.
Snapshot of SoHo’s August/ September slate
Australian premieres from international sources will be
• The Newsroom (HBO) starting Monday, August 20;
• The Glades Season 3 (Twentieth Century Fox Television, Innuendo Productions, Grand Productions), starring Australian actor Matt Passmore, starting Monday, August 20;
• Damages Season 5 (Sony Pictures Television, KZK Productions) starting Thursday, August 23
• Boss Season 2 (Lionsgate Television, Grammnet Productions, Category 5 Entertainment) starting Wednesday, September 5.