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TUESDAY NIGHT M-NET SERIES (article first published : 2003-07-16)

Wire is a 13 episode drama series which starts on July 7 (after the 20h00 premiere movie) and deals with a war between drug lords. The streets of West Baltimore, Maryland, are deadly, drug-infested with drug ring's leader's using intimidation to clear one of his young dealers of a murder charge.

Dedicated homicide detective Jimmy McNulty (Dominic West-Rock Star), a member of a joint homicide and narcotics unit is investigating the drug operations. He believes that the gangs are responsible for as many as 10 unsolved murders. With his partner, narcotics detective Shakima Greggs (Sonja Sohn-Shaft), McNulty commits himself to use any means necessary, including heightened surveillance and sophisticated wiretaps, to bust the gang and its elusive leader in this gritty police drama.

Smallville Season 2 starts on July 1 at 19h30. Christopher Reeve rejoins the superman legend when the respected actor and activist will make a special guest appearance opposite series star Tom Welling, who portrays the modern version of Clark Kent. Reeve plays Dr. Virgil Swann, a wealthy and brilliant scientist who has been using his fortune to personally fund research about the planet Krypton- where Clark Kent (Tom Welling) comes from.

Smallville Season 2 starts on July 1 at 19h30. Christopher Reeve rejoins the superman legend when the respected actor and activist will make a special guest appearance opposite series star Tom Welling, who portrays the modern version of Clark Kent. Reeve plays Dr. Virgil Swann, a wealthy and brilliant scientist who has been using his fortune to personally fund research about the planet Krypton- where Clark Kent (Tom Welling) comes from.

CSI: Miami starting on July 1 at 20h30 (following Smallville) is a fast paced drama series and follows a South Florida team of forensic investigators who use both cutting-edge scientific methods and old-fashioned police work to solve crimes.

Horatio Caine, a former homicide detective, heads a group of investigators who work crimes amid the steamy tropical surroundings and cultural crossroads of Miami. His team includes Calleigh Duquesne, a specialist in ballistics; Tim Speedle, an arrogant but disarming investigator who is well connected on the street and Eric Delko, an underwater recovery expert who knows all the twists and turns of the Florida waterways.

Rounding out the team is Alexx Woods, the no-nonsense know-it-all detective. Kim Delaney joins the cast as a DNA specialist whose trust in science creates conflict with the team that rely more on gut instinct. Together, these investigators collect and analyse the evidence to solve the crimes.

24- season 2, starting July 1 and following Cst Miami at 21h30 is one of the most innovative and thrilling drama seen on M-Net, now back for its second season.

In the finale of season one, Jack Bauer (Sutherland), who heads up the Los Angeles branch of the Counter-Terrorist Unit (CTU), thwarted an assassination attempt on the life of Senator David Palmer (Dennis Haysbert). However, in the process, Jack's wife Teri (Leslie Hope) was killed.

In season two, Jack and his daughter Kim (Elisha Cuthbert) are dealing with the trauma of the loss and its effect on their relationship. Kate Warner (Sarah Wynter, Lost Souls), a woman of wealth and beauty, comes into Jack's life as a potential love interest. In addition Jack, who has been inactive since Teri's death, is called upon by now-President Palmer- to stop another terrorist plot with global implications.

Last year the 24 was nominated for 10 Emmy Awards, and won Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series and Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Series. The series also received two Golden Globe nominations (Best Television Series - Drama and Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Drama, which Sutherland took home). 24 was also nominated for five Television Critics Association Awards and received two awards for Outstanding New Program of the Year and Program of the Year.




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