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Investigation Discovery Debuts New 1st Quarter Slate With Six New Series And The Finale Of ON THE CASE WITH PAULA ZAHN, The Network’s Highest-Rated Series Ever

ID Races to 2nd Anniversary As Fastest-Growing Ad-Supported Cable Network for Women 25-54

December 16, 2009

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- Investigation Discovery Races to 2nd Anniversary As Fastest-Growing Ad-Supported Cable Network for Women 25-54  -

(Silver Spring, Md.) - Investigation Discovery, America's leading investigation network and the fastest-growing ad-supported cable network for women 25-54, announces its 2010 1st quarter slate, which includes the launch of six new series.  First quarter 2010 marks the most robust programming investment for the network since its launch, which will be celebrated on January 27 when ID turns two years old.

"In only two years, Investigation Discovery has captured audiences' attention by featuring great storytelling and the highest-quality real-life justice programming found anywhere in television.  This first quarter slate of programming builds upon ID's phenomenal success with series that will surprise, mesmerize and mystify viewers," said Henry Schleiff, president and general manager of Investigation Discovery.  "As we celebrate the season finale of our hit ON THE CASE WITH PAULA ZAHN, I could not be more thrilled to debut new series like DISAPPEARED, I (ALMOST) GOT AWAY WITH IT, MYSTERY FILES and PRISON WIVES, which all expand the scope of investigation programming for the network."

ID's new slate is highlighted by the enthralling PRISON WIVES, which launches in a special Valentine's Day event on Sunday, February 14.  PRISON WIVES is a poignant documentary series that provides viewers unique insight into the relationships, challenges and triumphs of twelve wives, and one husband, whose partners are serving time behind bars.  PRISON WIVES will debut at the January 2010 Television Critics Association Press Tour on Thursday, January 14.

With a second season announced for the spring, Investigation Discovery wraps up the first season of ON THE CASE WITH PAULA ZAHN on Sunday, January 17.  Leading ID to its best month ever in November for many key demos, ON THE CASE WITH PAULA ZAHN was the network's crown jewel this fall as it notched the highest-rated original series debut and became the highest-rated series in network history. 




World Premiere Event: Valentine's Day, Sunday, February 14 from 8-11 PM ET

Regular Timeslot: Wednesdays, starting February 17 from 10-11 PM ET

PRISON WIVES is a captivating 13-part documentary series that introduces audiences to men and women who have fallen in love despite one spouse serving time behind bars.  PRISON WIVES examines the compassion and selflessness behind these stories of love, however unexpected.  These unconventional families provide audiences with a look inside prison life and what keeps these relationships together, for better or worse, for richer or poorer.  Featuring in-depth interviews and access to these families' daily lives, PRISON WIVES tells tales of crime and punishment, love and redemption that keep audiences on the edges of their seats with fascinating portraits of these unique, touching, funny and sometimes perplexing relationships.



World Premiere: Monday, January 11 from 10-11 PM ET

DISAPPEARED follows the unpredictable twists of missing person cases, tracking investigations aimed at solving how and why people simply vanish.  While some of the resolutions are heartwarming and others tragic, many cases remain open to this day and continue to be a source of unbearable frustration for family members and friends.  Each episode of DISAPPEARED begins from the time immediately before the individual vanished, searching for clues hidden beneath seemingly everyday behavior that may indicate whether or not the person left voluntarily.  For the open cases that have gone cold, DISAPPEARED asks viewers to share fresh leads in hopes of deciphering what truly happened to the missing and whether foul play may have been involved.



World Premiere: Tuesday, January 12 from 10-11 PM ET

For these perpetrators, their stories may be different, but their motives are always the same - to stay out of prison and live life on the lam. The people profiled in I (ALMOST) GOT AWAY WITH IT evaded justice for years, sometimes decades, by using their families, fake identification and even violence to avoid capture. Viewers learn how law enforcement uses all means necessary to capture these fugitives.  Additionally, each episode features an interview from prison with these slick culprits, who spill where they found shelter, how they changed their identities and how they almost got away with it.



U.S. Premiere: Saturday, March 6 from 10-11 PM ET

MYSTERY FILES explores new investigations and new evidence from some of the world's most enduring mysteries.  This high definition series features high-end dramatic reconstructions of some of history's most iconic unanswered questions, which have inspired, intrigued and confounded experts for decades.  From the tales of King Arthur to Cleopatra, MYSTERY FILES investigates the truth behind the legends of some of history's most captivating figures.


World Premiere: Friday, February 5 from 9-10 PM ET
When crimes happen in a small town, it shocks the foundation of the community and until the perpetrator is caught, rumors swirl and everyone is a suspect.  AMERICA'S SMALL TOWN SECRETS exposes crimes that happen in the some of the most quaint, tucked away corners of the U.S.  Each episode centers on an incident that destroyed the calm of a small town, places where these murders will be talked about for decades.  Each story turned these communities upside down and exposed secrets from these havens of Americana.  



U.S. Premiere: Friday, February 5 from 10-11 PM ET

In this series, Britain's most haunted houses go under the spotlight as a crack team of psychics goes face to face with the evil that lurks within these homes.  Exploring ordinary homes with extraordinary happenings, LIVING WITH THE DEAD follows a team of paranormal experts as they attempt to help their clients live in peace, either alone or with their otherworldly guests. 


ON THE CASE WITH PAULA ZAHN - Investigation Discovery's Highest Rated Series

SEASON FINALE: Sunday, January 17 from 10-11 PM ET

Investigation Discovery and respected journalist Paula Zahn have joined forces for Zahn's return to primetime television with the network's first original newsmagazine, ON THE CASE WITH PAULA ZAHN.  In this weekly series, Zahn steps away from the traditional anchor chair and into the field to interview the pivotal figures shaping the stories covered in ON THE CASE.  Zahn weaves together the details of these cases, revealing the heart of each story.  Her compelling and often exclusive interviews lift the secrecy on acts of deceit, malice and revenge in the search for truth and justice.



SEASON FINALE: Wednesday, January 13 from 9-10 PM ET

THE BUREAU is a groundbreaking series that for the first time takes the audience inside the 21st  Century FBI. As the leading law enforcement agency in the world, the FBI redefines the ways in which crimes are investigated.  Today's FBI uses cutting-edge technology and evolving tactics to catch some of the world's most sophisticated criminals.  They work the most dangerous and high-stake cases in the history of the bureau, pursuing serial killers, terrorists, thieves, cyber criminals, arms dealers and kidnappers.  As the FBI changes, it's time for a new way to tell their stories.  THE BUREAU matches the intensity, captures the innovation, and experiences the human drama and the passion that defines the modern FBI.



SEASON FINALE: Wednesday, January 20 from 10-11 PM ET

One of Investigation Discovery's most successful series, THE SHIFT follows the work and lives of a highly effective team of homicide detectives.  With exclusive access, THE SHIFT takes a behind-the-scenes look at detectives whose teamwork and tenacity combine to provide justice for victims and closure for their loved ones.  Focused on the efforts and techniques of these elite detectives, THE SHIFT chronicles the "middle shift" of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD), which works from 2:00 PM to 10:30 PM, considered to be "primetime" hours for homicide.  While those are their official hours, these investigators work tirelessly to solve their cases whenever they happen - to them, when someone is murdered in their city, it's personal.



World Premieres Return: Thursday, January 7 from 10-11 PM ET

COLD BLOOD returns to the crime scene so that viewers can examine all the evidence for themselves.  Combining the thrill of mystery with the visceral experience of true-crime drama, this series presents competing versions of what may have happened and re-enacts the events from different perspectives as new evidence comes to light.  Each episode tells the story of one thrilling murder investigation that revolves around the forensic investigation of the crime scene and follows the clues.


About Investigation Discovery

Investigation Discovery (ID), America's leading investigation network, is the source for fact-based investigative content about culture, history and the human condition.  Providing the highest quality investigative programming focused on fascinating stories of human nature from the past to the present, Investigation Discovery's in-depth documentaries and series challenge viewers on important issues shaping our culture and defining our world.  As the premier authority in real investigations, ID is expanding partnerships with established news organizations and production companies to bring the strongest analytic, factual investigative and current affairs programming to over 54.7 million U.S. households.  For more information, please visit