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AXN just got more thrilling

The channel is launching a slew of reality shows and a political drama, starting this month: ‘Madam Secretary’, ‘Top Gear Season 21’, ‘Top Chef Seattle’ and ‘Wake Up Call’

AXN just got more thrilling

The channel is launching a slew of reality shows and a political drama, starting this month: ‘Madam Secretary’, ‘Top Gear Season 21’, ‘Top Chef Seattle’ and ‘Wake Up Call’

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Mumbai | January 9, 2015


AXN is launching a fresh line-up of four new shows, fulfilling the promise to keep thrilling and exciting its viewers. Starting the year with fast-paced cars is ‘Top Gear Season 21’ followed by the most spoken about political drama ‘Madam Secretary’, co-produced by acclaimed actor Morgan Freeman. Emmy Award winning show, ‘Top Chef Seattle’ with host Padma Lakshmi will be back along with the latest season premiere of Dwayne Johnson’s reality show ‘Wake Up Call’.

BAFTA and Emmy Award winning series ‘Top Gear’ takes the viewers to amazing locations to test the world’s most powerful and exotic cars. The famous trio of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May makes it hugely entertaining and visually fantastic. The show went on air on January 3 and airs on Saturday & Sunday at 8.30 PM.

With ‘Madam Secretary’, AXN aims to bring the best of the latest American television to Indian viewers. Co-produced by Oscar winning actor Morgan Freeman, the show is a political drama rooted in White House diplomacy. Tea Leoni portrays the role of an unusual politician Elizabeth Faulkner McCord, a former CIA analyst turned college professor, promoted suddenly to the position of US Secretary of State under strange circumstances. In the US, ‘Madam Secretary’ is Sunday’s No. 1 scripted broadcast and No. 4 new series, averaging 13.53 million viewers.

In ‘Top Chef Seattle Season 10’, judges Tom Colicchio, Emeril Lagasse, Wolfgang Puck, Gail Simmons and Hugh Acheson, will evaluate the contestants on some ordinary as well as not so ordinary culinary expertise like knife skills and creating a breakfast on a stick. The show will be launched on January 26, and will air from Monday to Thursday at 8 PM.

Dwayne Johnson is back with Season 2 of ‘The Hero – Wake Up Call’. The former wrestler and Hollywood actor would be seen lending a helping hand to people who are facing enormous challenges in their lives, whether they are dead-beat dads, sports team with no team spirit or business owners struggling to survive. ‘Wake Up Call’ produced and hosted by Dwayne Johnson will bring in Rock style motivation on the TV screen, with the motto- ‘when life gives you lemons, crush them’. The show will go on air from January 31, airing every Saturday & Sunday at 9 PM.

Saurabh Yagnik Saurabh Yagnik

Saurabh Yagnik, Executive Vice-president and Business Head, Sony Pix & AXN India, said, “AXN’s new show line-up is all about bringing the best of American TV to Indian television. Dwayne Johnson’s new show ‘Wake Up Call’ could not have been launched at a better time; the show resonates with the way India feels right now- building a new future. We are delighted to premiere ‘Madam Secretary’, which is a welcoming addition to our already wide programming spectrum, a political drama produced by Morgan Freeman and Lori McCreary. The channel has been home to ‘Top Gear’ and ‘Top Chef’ for years. ‘Top Gear’ is the best show on automobile, meant for both who love cars and who don’t. We work dedicatedly to bring wide variety of shows and genres, and these new shows are a step in the same direction, a New Year gift to our viewers. With world’s best reality shows and drama, AXN is definitely a must watch destination for all age groups.”

Later in the year,  AXN will launch four other shows – Golden Globe nominated legal procedural series ‘Ray Donovan’, ‘The Voice Season 8’, action adventure crime series ‘Transporter Season 2’ and the internationally acclaimed series ‘24’.

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