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Solar launches new free channel JackCITY

'Elementary' offers a modern twist on Sherlock Holmes and his dear assistant Watson.

Launched this month to replace Chase, JackCITY is the new free channel of Solar Entertainment and a “sidequel” to its popular cable network, JackTV.

Unlike its “parent” Jack channel, which features a wide and merry mix of foreign shows ranging from comedies to reality shows to animated sitcoms and dramas, JackCITY concentrates on serious, edgy dramas designed for more sophisticated demographic.

“Appealing to both male and female audiences, JackCITY airs a mix of shows tailored towards yuppies, managers and top executives with ages ranging from the mid-20s to the 40s and above. These target viewers belong to socio-economic segments A, B, C1 &, C2,” Lindsay Ngo, JackTV Marketing Manager further underscored.

Available on on UHF free TV (via Beam) channel 31, as well as on select cable providers in Metro Manila and in the provinces, JackCITY retains some of Chase’s popular shows as well as some transferees from JackTV and other popular titles that have developed loyal following in the US.

These include “NCIS”, “Bones”, “Burn Notice”, “Covert Affairs”, “The Mentalist”, “Law and Order: SVU”, “Fringe”, “Person of Interest”, “White Collar” and “Grimm”.

Apart from these tried and tested series, JackCITY has also acquired several new series that it will introduce starting this month and through the early part of 2013. This includes “Elementary” and “Vegas”, two well-received shows in the US that are making their Philippine television debut only on the new channel.

“With our program lineup consisting of top-rating shows that are intelligent, captivating and intriguing, JackCITY hopes to redefine the way people see dramas here in the Philippines,” an optimistic Ngo enthused.

Let’s take a look at these new offerings:

'Arrow' is Batman with a bow and arrow.

Inspired by the DC comic book character Green Arrow, the show follows, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), a modern-day hero who fights crime and corruption, not with superpowers, but with his own lethal set of skills. It’s Batman with a bow and arrow instead of the Batmobile. Also starring Kate Cassidy and David Ramsey.

Those who miss “Third Watch” will be thrilled about this new drama focusing on the lives of firefighters and paramedics at the Chicago Fire Department and the life or death decisions they face each day. Produced by Dick Wolf (“Law and Order”), its ensemble cast includes Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney and Monica Raymund.

A contemporary twist is given to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes where the setting is present day New York City and Watson (Lucy Liu) is actually a woman. On, and in this particular universe, the world’s greatest detective (Johnny Lee Miller) has also just finished his drug rehab.

Kevin Bacon (left) stars as an FBI agent in 'The Following'.

With the recent departure of “The Closer”, it’s Kyra Sedgwick’s turn to stay at home as husband Kevin Bacon makes his TV debut with this new series. Here, he plays an FBI agent who tracks down serial killers. Let’s see how he closes each case. Also starring James Purefoy, Jeananne Goossen and Maggie Grace.

In a post-apocalyptic future, an unknown phenomenon disabled electricity on the planet and essentially all devices that gets it powers from it including personal computers, appliances and pretty much all vehicles. Billy Burke discovers there is life after the “Twilight” franchise as he leads the cast that include Tracy Spiridakos and Giancarlo Esposito.

Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis star as lawman and gangster in 'Vegas'.

Set in 1960s Las Vegas, it centers on the town’s new sheriff (Dennis Quaid) who finds himself at odds and sometimes in unholy alliances with the newly arrived mobster (Michael Chiklis) from Chicago. Written by “Goodfellas” scribe Nicholas Pileggi, the series also stars Carrie-Anne Moss and Jason Mara.