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A&E Renews ‘Beyond Scared Straight’

By | Tuesday October 25, 2011 @ 8:33am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: A&E Network has renewed docu-reality series Beyond Scared Straight for a third season with a 13-episode order. The series, inspired by Arnold Shapiro’s Oscar-winning documentary Scared Straight!, follows prison and jail deterrence programs aimed at helping at-risk teens. The show’s second season averaged 1.5 million adults 18-49 and 2.6 million total viewers. Its series premiere was A&E’s most-watched original series launch of all-time. Production on Season 3 will begin in late 2011 for a premiere in Q3 of 2012. Season 2 returns with original episodes in December. Beyond Scared Straight is produced by Arnold Shapiro Prods., with Shapiro executive producing.

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‘Beyond Scared Straight’ Premiere Sets A&E Ratings Record

By | Friday January 14, 2011 @ 11:53am PST
Nellie Andreeva

The premiere of A&E’s new unscripted series Beyond Scared Straight last night became the most watched and highest rated original series debut on the network ever. The series, based on the award-winning documentary Scared Straight! and executive produced by Arnold Shapiro, drew 3.7 million viewers, 2.2 million of them in the 18-49 demographic and 2.1 million in 25-54 for the 90-minute premiere, which aired at 10 PM.

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A&E Orders Doug Liman Documentary Pilot

By | Friday August 6, 2010 @ 10:09am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

LOS ANGELES, CA AUGUST 6, 2010 – A&E Network has ordered a documentary pilot from producer and director Doug Liman titled “The Unexplained,” which will focus on strange phenomena and paranormal experiences. Additionally, A&E has ordered “Beyond Scared Straight!,” a four-hour special event executive produced by Arnold Shapiro and based on his Academy Award and multiple Emmy-Winning documentary “Scared Straight!,” that will profile unique approaches to juvenile crime prevention in prisons around the U.S.

“The Unexplained,” Liman’s first foray into non scripted television, uses his world renowned storytelling and filmmaking expertise to deliver real-life stories that take audiences to places they have never been before: investigating, questioning, experiencing and chasing down answers to the most bizarre stories and strangest paranormal occurrences. Possible topics for the series are past life regressions, real-life hauntings, near-death and out-of-body experiences and other chilling personal encounters. These are first-person emotional stories of life, death and the possible in-between that have never been told. “The Unexplained” is produced for A&E by Air Extreme with Doug Liman and Russ Stratton serving as executive producers. Executive producers for A&E are Robert Sharenow and Elaine Frontain Bryant

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