New Israeli Channel to Bring the Best of U.S. TV to the Holy Land

Channel airs January 21, featuring upcoming HBO series such as 'Luck' and 'Veep,' as well as the already widely-hyped 'Newsroom.'

The Yes satellite company is to launch a new channel next month, Yes Oh, for quality TV series from the likes of lauded American cable television operators HBO and Showtime.

The channel, scheduled to go on air on January 21, will feature upcoming HBO series such as "Luck," starring Dustin Hoffman; "Veep," starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Seinfeld") and the already widely-hyped "Newsroom," created and written by Aaron Sorkin ("The West Wing"), with Jane Fonda.

Dustin Hoffman - AP - 22122011

Yes Oh will also screen the Golden Globe nominee "Enlightened," with Laura Dern, and Starz' "Boss," a political drama about a corrupt Chicago mayor, starring Kelsey Grammer ("Frasier").

The channel will broadcast daily from 9 P.M. to 7 A.M. As well as new HBO series, Yes Oh will also screen new seasons of ongoing shows such as "Boardwalk Empire," "Game of Thrones," "True Blood," "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Treme," as well as "Bored to Death" and "How to Make it in America" (the last two have just been axed by HBO).

The channel is also expected to run repeated broadcasts of old series no longer on air, such as "The Sopranos," "Six Feet Under," "The Wire," "Entourage," "Rome," "Flight of the Conchords" and "Big Love."

The channel will also carry quality series from Showtime and FX, including the new revenge Western drama "Hell on Wheels," the acclaimed Danish crime thriller "The Killing," and the Australian comedy series "Wilfred," with Elijah Wood.

Meanwhile, cable TV operator Hot began broadcasting the Mezzo HD channel this month. The channel (no. 595) does not carry the usual Mezzo broadcasts but other high quality musical programs, especially live concerts.

It will also broadcast live concerts performed in Israel, starring high-profile musicians such as conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim, violinists Gil Shaham, Shlomo Mintz and Guy Braunstein, and jazz bassist Avishai Cohen.