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Showtime Eyes Documentary Niche

To better promote documentary programming, Showtime Networks Inc. will feature at least one monthly nonfiction movie or special as part of a new umbrella programming category, "Sho Exposure," the network announced Monday.

Documentaries airing under the new title will feature a number of Showtime original programs, including the Oct. 14 premiere of Orson Welles: The One-Man Band

Sho Exposure will also feature theatrical releases such as Bowling for Columbine
and Step Into Liquid
and high-profile acquisitions such as James Ellroy’s Feast of Death

The move is a response to growing consumer demand for entertaining, fact-based programming, network executives said.

"We plan to tap into a vast array of fascinating work that deserves an audience -- both award-winning theatricals and originals that can only be seen on Showtime," president of entertainment Robert Greenblatt said in a prepared statement.