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Zee English to debut three new shows this summer

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MUMBAI: After a lull period, Zee English is back again with summer bonanza, which includes three new shows. With rival English entertainment channel Star World seriously bolstering its programming line up, the Zee Group channel's announcement of new shows comes at a good time.

Starting this month, Zee English will premiere three new shows Jack &Jill, Zoe II and Reasonable Doubts.

Besides the three new launches, the summer season will also mark the launch of new season and new episode of their three shows, Six Feet Under, ER and Norm II.

Zoe II is Zee's answer to HBO's much lauded show Sex and the City, and is also set in the city that never sleeps New York. It is about a candid young woman played by Selma Blair and her three loyal friends. The Big Apple serves as a colourful backdrop to all the idiosyncrasies for their lives after high school graduation. Touted as a wryly realistic comedy, the weekly sitcom kicks off on 23 April at 8:30 pm. Zoe premiered in the US in 1999.

Since season nine of the popular sitcom Friends wound up last month, the channel seemed to be biding its time till it got in a new sitcom. While the negotiations are rumoured to be on for 10th season, the channel has got another comedy Jack & Jill to fill the slot. Premiered in US in 1999-2000, the show that debuts on Indian shores on Friday 23 April 2004 at 9:00 pm, is about a couple. Jack "Jacqueline" (Amanda Peet- The whole nine yards) meets her guy Jill (Ivan Sergei- The opposite sex) and they fall in love. While their world change, they have many hurdles to jump on the way to love and that's the story of Jack&Jill.

Having addressed both the comedy and romance genres in its new line-up, Zee English is also launching an action thriller Reasonable Doubt . The show, scheduled to launch on 22 April at 9 pm, is about a maverick cop Dicky Cobb (Harmon), who is raised by a deaf father. He finds himself suddenly and reluctantly working as investigator and interpreter for young, idealistic and hearing-impaired deputy district attorney Tess Kaufman (Matlin).

Although they are equally dedicated for stopping crime, Cobb's aggressive, unconventional methods often clash with Tess' by-the-book approach. But Tess' boss, Arthur Gold (William Converse-Roberts), trust that Cobb's unique combinations of talent will give Tess the assistance- and muscle- she needs. The series premiere in the US in 1991-1993).

Besides the new launches, the channel will air ER- IV- VII- the returning series on Wednesday 21 April 9 PM (new season + New episodes). It is a riveting dramatic series portrays the dedication and passion of emergency room of doctors and medical staff in Chicago teaching hospital. Development in the healer's lives include a new baby; an emotional visit home, while Alex Kingston and Maria Bello have joined the cast.

While the new season of Six Feet Under will launch on Monday 19 April 9:00. The show is an intriguingly comic look at life and death from the perspective of dysfunctional family that owns and operates an independent funeral home in California .

Last on the list, Norm II, will debut on Saturday 24 April 8:00 PM Protagonist Norm Henderson (Norm Macdonald) is a a professional hockey player. His propensity to gamble without paying taxes leads to him being thrown out of hockey for life. Faced with the possibility of a life behind bars, Norm opts for community service as a social worker. Laurie (Laurie Metcalf) is Norm's co-worker and best friend.

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