Revamped schedule finds MyNetworkTV in fighting mood

MyNetworkTV Thursday unveiled a new primetime schedule that will reduce the number of nights it airs drama strips to make way for two movie nights and an unscripted show centered on the International Fight League.

The changes will take effect starting March 8, kicking off with MyMovie nights 8-10 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. The Rundown, starring the Rock, will air March 8, followed the next night by Rocky IV, starring Sylvester Stallone.

International Fight League's Total Impact will air 8-10 p.m. Mondays. The show follows the athletes, coaches, and personalities of the IFL, a professional mixed martial arts organization with team-format competitions. Twelve five-man teams (10 based in the US, one in Toronto, and one in Tokyo) will vie over a nine-month, 11-event season for the first-ever IFL Championship. Cameras will follow the action in and out of the ring.

MyNet debuted Sept. 5 with a schedule consisting of two hour-long drama strips airing Monday through Friday, with recap episodes on Saturday and two new shows scheduled to debut every 13 weeks. But in December, it surfaced that executives were rethinking that strategy in light of underwhelming ratings.

The network will continue to air its drama strips, though on only two nights. The third pair consists of American Heiress, which will air 8-10 p.m. Tuesdays and Saints & Sinners, which will air 8-10 p.m. Wednesdays.

Heiress stars Alicia Leigh Willis in a story about a "princess" and a "rough neck" who are stranded together when their plane crashes, while Saints stars Maria Conchita Alonso, Charles Shaughnessy, Mel Harris, and Robin Givens in a story centered on the Miami Beach hotel business.

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