Sony axes ‘Deal’, new shows & movies rule July


Sony Entertainment Television Asia will be telecasting a mixture of new shows and movie premieres to spice up its July schedule.

The channel has also confirmed to Biz Asia that it will be axing its much talked about ‘Deal Ya No Deal’ gameshow. The programme now in its third series launched with much fanfare earlier this year but has declined in popularity of late.

The final episode of ‘Deal Ya No Deal’ will air on Friday 30th June. The following week – 7th July – will see the launch of the channel’s new gameshow called ‘Paisa Bhari Padega’ presented by Sandhya Mridul (of Hubahu fame). The new programme will air Friday nights at 20:00 (the former slot of Deal Ya No Deal).

Hot on the heels of Sony’s last thriller launch ‘Khaufnaak’, the channel will premiere another new supernatural show called ‘Akalya’ (title of the show is still to be confirmed -Akalya is a tentative name). ‘Akalya’ will air Tuesday nights at 22:00.

The channel’s big movie premiere will be Yashraj Films’ ‘Neal ‘n’ Nikki’. The film stars Uday Chopra and Tanisha. It will get its worldwide TV premiere on Sunday 30th July at 20:00. On sister channel MAX, ‘Tom Dick & Harry’ will get its UK premiere on the same day at 13:00.

Sony Entertainment Television Asia is also planning a unique show featuring the leading female characters of its shows. The programme titled ‘Leading Ladies’ will be shown on Saturday 22nd July at 20:00.

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