Court Reopens Forensic Files

Capitalizing on the public's interest in investigative forensics, Courtroom
Television Network has ordered 26 additional episodes of original fact-based
series Forensic Files,officials said Tuesday.

Court TV began airing Forensic Files --which is in effect the
real-life documentary counterpart to CBS' fictional hit show, CSI: Crime
Scene Investigation
--five nights per week starting this past

The show will remain in its current time slot, 7:30 p.m., where it now airs
Monday through Thursday.

The crime-and-justice network also plans to air two hour-long documentary
specials on forensic science in the fourth quarter.

Year to date, Forensic Files has averaged a 0.7 rating, or 363,000
homes. That represents a 169 percent increase in homes delivered to the time
period compared with the corresponding dates last year.

'Forensic Files tells great stories about how professionals work with
the latest technology to solve some of the most difficult and interesting
mysteries facing law enforcement today,' Court TV executive vice president of
programming and marketing Art Bell said in a prepared statement.

'This original series has been a leader for us in primetime since its launch,
and it is one of our most successful franchises in terms of ratings, audience
and brand,' he added.

With this order, Medstar Television Inc. will produce 52 episodes of the
series for Court TV. Forensic Files is distributed by Cable Ready