Programming Briefs

SíTV Sets 'Not So Foreign' Independent Film Block

Los Angeles — English-language, Latino network Sí TV will debut a two-hour showcase for independent and multicultural filmmakers, beginning April 3.

“Not-So-Foreign Filmmakers Showcase” will not only present films and shorts, but its wraparounds will serve as mini-movies encapsulating each installment with a singular theme, said the network.

To that end, cheeky host Joe Hernández-Kolski will interview guests in unusual settings — from playing Battleship against Jay Hernandez (Crazy Beautiful) to dancing salsa with Erika Christensen (Swimfan) to playing a drinking game with Rick Gonzalez (Old School).

The showcase's first episode will center on Robert Rodriguez's first short, Bedhead, which he made in college. During the show, Rodriguez (Caught in the Crossfire) will receive an award from SíTV, and Brittany Murphy and Rosario Dawson will expound upon the independent Latino movement and his accomplishments.

Bravo Heads Back Down the 'Runway'

New YorkProject Runway will return to Bravo for a second season.

The reality show, hosted by supermodel Heidi Klum, delivered the highest numbers for any Bravo telecast for the 2004-05 season to date, the network said. The first-season finale on Feb. 23 averaged a 1.9 household rating and some 2.01 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research data.

The Project Runway finale was the highest-rated telecast in the network's history in that time slot among persons 2-plus and adults 18 to 34, 18 to 49 (1.3 million) and 25 to 54 (1.18 million).

NFL Net Take European Vacation

New YorkNFL Networkwill air 20 games from NFL Europe. The National Football League's cable service is scheduled to kick off its coverage from The Continent on Saturday, April 2 at 8 p.m. (ET), when the Rhein Fire visit the Amsterdam Admirals. NFL Network will air one live game each week, along with taped games Saturdays and Sundays at 8 p.m.

Starz! Revs Up for 'Motorcycle” Flick

Englewood, Colo.Starz Entertainment Group LLC's Starz! has acquired the exclusive pay TV rights to The Motorcycle Diaries. Set to premiere on the network in August, the film won Oscars this year for best song and best screenplay.

The Motorcycle Diaries is based on the journals of Cuban Revolution leader Ernesto “Che” Guevara, who recounts the adventures he and best friend Alberto Granado had while crossing South America on motorcycle in the early 1950s.

Hef Hosts TCM After Dark

Atlanta — Hugh Hefner will be Turner Classic Movies' guest programmer April 7. Selecting an evening of Humphrey Bogart Films from the 1940s, the Playboy publisher will provide info and commentary about the films from the Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills, Calif.

Hefner's play list that night: 1942's Casablanca at 8 p.m., 1944's To Have and Have Not at 10 p.m., 1941's The Maltese Falcon at midnight, 1946's The Big Sleep at 2 a.m. and 1947's Dark Passage at 4 a.m.