or


[09/14/04 - 12:00 AM]
Various Issues Holding Up New Seasons of FOX's 'Tru Calling,' USA's 'The 4,400'
By Brian Ford Sullivan (TFC)

LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- Sometime during 2005 both FOX's "Tru Calling" and USA's "The 4,400" are expected to return for second seasons. The paths both series are facing to get there however are widely different.

"The 4,400's" first season averaged nearly 6 million viewers for USA, breaking all sorts of records for the cable channel and basic cable itself, making a second season a near guarantee. Producer Paramount Network Television and USA network owner NBC Universal however are haggling over several key issues in regards to the show's return. NBC Universal reportedly wants to include the right to repurpose the series on any of its networks (most likely NBC itself) for a nominal fee as part of a second season renewal.

Paramount, which is now under the watch of Viacom Co-COO Les Moonves (whose domain includes CBS and UPN), is scoffing at the idea as undoubtedly they don't want to give NBC the option of plugging "The 4,400" in its lineup against CBS should any of the Peacock's series falter.

NBC Universal nevertheless says said exposure would no doubt benefit "The 4,400's" numbers (a la the Peacock's repurposing of Bravo's "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy") and points to the show's original success being partly due to the sci-fi drama's cross-platform promotion across all of the company's properties (including ads on NBC). The newfound strategy is being applied across the board as virtually all of the license fees for its new cable properties now include the provision to repurpose on other channels under its corporate umbrella. Viacom in any case points to the fact that "The 4,400's" deal with USA was signed well before the Peacock's merger with the channel's owner and should be treated as such.

Making things even more complicated for Paramount is that producers didn't have an option for the cast beyond its original six-hours, forcing production costs to rise past $1.5 million per episode as all involved demanded raises to return.

In any case, should a deal not be worked out between Paramount and NBC Universal, USA has the option to shop the series elsewhere, including NBCU's own NBC Universal Television Studios. Producers are hoping some sort of deal will be hammered out in time for production on 13 new episodes of "The 4,400" to begin in February for a summer 2005 premiere on USA.

Meanwhile as for "Tru Calling," the decision by FOX yesterday to postpone the show's second season launch on November 4 has exposed some serious issues about the series' future. Originally given a 13-episode order for its second season, industry insiders say the network may halt production once work completes on its sixth episode. The reason however isn't a creative one (FOX reportedly likes the direction the show is taking for its new season), but rather like most TV-related decisions, an economic one.

With a hefty midseason roster that includes over a dozen series - such as dramas "Athens," "The Inside," "Point Pleasant," "Jonny Zero" and season four of "24"; comedies "American Dad," "Related by Family" and "The Sketch Show"; new reality projects "Hell's Kitchen" and "Nanny 911" not to mention fresh seasons of "American Idol" and "The Simple Life" - the network is undoubtedly looking to cut back on some of its commitments. And with "Tru" being at best a modest success for FOX, the odds are much higher for one of its new dramatic entries to succeed than to go to bat again with the middling "Tru."

No formal decision has been made about rolling back the show's 13-episode order nor has producer 20th Century Fox Television or Original Television commented on the possibility. The pair are also behind "Point Pleasant" on the network.





  [september 2004]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
   


· 24 (FOX)
· 4400, THE (USA)
· ATHENS (FOX)
· INSIDE, THE (FOX)
· JONNY ZERO (FOX)
· POINT PLEASANT (FOX)
· QUEER EYE (NETFLIX)
· TRU CALLING (FOX)





[06/22/17 - 08:13 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX Tops Demos, NBC Leads Total Viewers
The Peacock's "Little Big Shots: Forever Young" opens as the top draw in both categories.

[06/22/17 - 07:33 AM]
Ten Years Older! Ten Years Hotter! Ten Years Wetter! "Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later" Launches August 4 on Netflix
Said installment is the hilarious new eight-part limited series starring the original cast, plus an all-star lineup of new cast members.

[06/21/17 - 07:16 PM]
Netflix Releases Key Art for "Marvel's The Defenders"
The series follows Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Danny Rand/Iron Fist (Finn Jones), a quartet of singular heroes with one common goal - to save New York City.

[06/21/17 - 04:12 PM]
OWN Is Tuesday Night's #1 Cable Network for Women with Season Premieres of "Queen Sugar" and "The Haves and the Have Nots"
OWN spins the numbers for Tuesday, June 20.

[06/21/17 - 01:48 PM]
Lifetime Has All Your Summer Viewing Needs Covered
Highlights include new series "Growing Up Supermodel," "So Sharp" and "Little Women LA: Couples Retreat."

[06/21/17 - 01:34 PM]
Whitney. "Can I Be Me" Moves to Friday, August 25 at 9 PM ET/PT on Showtime(R)
On August 26, Showtime will offer the much-anticipated pay-per-view boxing match between undefeated world champion Floyd Mayweather and UFC champion Conor McGregor live from Las Vegas.

[06/21/17 - 12:12 PM]
Nickelodeon to Premiere Season Two of "The Dude Perfect Show" on Saturday, July 22, at 9:00 P.M. (ET/PT)
Upcoming episodes will also feature some of today's biggest athletes and celebrities such as Bethany Hamilton, DeMarcus Ware and Jack Griffo.

[06/21/17 - 10:12 AM]
Golf Channel Announces "Summer of '76," Next Golf Films Project, Premiering Tuesday, July 18 at 9 P.M. ET Ahead of The 146th Open
"Winning The Open in '76 was one of fondest moments of my career," said Johnny Miller.

[06/21/17 - 10:08 AM]
American Ballet Theatre Superstar Misty Copeland Set as Guest Judge on NBC's "World of Dance"
Copeland will be joining for round three of the competition, "The Cut," where the competitors face the deepest and most intense cut of the season.

[06/21/17 - 09:46 AM]
Arlen Escarpeta Joins Cast of Crackle's "The Oath," Executive Produced by Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson
He will play the role of Damon Byrd, an undercover FBI agent trying to find his footing.

[06/21/17 - 09:02 AM]
New Cast of Characters Joining Hulu's "Freakish"
Plus: Leo Howard, Liza Koshy, Adam Hicks, Tyler Chase, Meghan Rienks and Melvin Gregg will reprise their roles.

[06/21/17 - 09:01 AM]
Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Gifts Viewers with Special Christmas Celebrations in July
New entries include "The Christmas Cure" (July 15) and "Home for Christmas Day" (July 16).

[06/21/17 - 09:01 AM]
David Oyelowo to Voice the Role of Scar in Disney Junior's "The Lion Guard," Which Continues the Epic Storytelling of "The Lion King"
Scar will appear in the flames of a volcano after Simba and Nala's young son, Kion, unwittingly summons him by using the Roar of the Elders in anger.

[06/21/17 - 09:01 AM]
"Big Brother" Announces This Summer's New Twist: "Summer of Temptation"
"Temptation has always been a part of Big Brother but this summer we are testing the Houseguests like never before," said Rich Meehan.

[06/21/17 - 08:39 AM]
Science Channel to Go Live for Great American Eclipse on Monday, August 21
Eclipse totality starts on the Oregon coast at about 1:20 PM ET and ends around 2:50 PM ET on the South Carolina coast.