or


[01/26/05 - 12:00 AM]
Development Update: January 24-26
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:

CANDID CAMERA (PAX) - Tribune Entertainment has purchased the off-network rights to all 137 episodes (plus three one-hour specials) of the "Camera" revival, which ran on CBS from 1998-2000 and has been on PAX from 2001 onward. The company plans to pitch the series to local stations across the country beginning this week at the annual NATPE convention. As for cable, ABC Family, TBS and Comedy Central are understood to be among Tribune's target channels.

DRAWN TOGETHER (Comedy Central) - The cable channel has quietly announced season two of the animated comedy will premiere Wednesday, October 19 at 10:30/9:30c. The second half of "South Park's" ninth season will also resume that same night at 10:00/9:00c.

FARSCAPE (Syndication) - Debmar Studios has sold repeats of the show's four season run to local stations in eight of the top 10 markets bringing its overall clearance rate to 50% of the country. Among those signing on were the Fox owned-and-operated stations in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago as well as Viacom stations in Philadelphia and Seattle. Said stations, each of which signed two-year deals, will begin airing episodes on weekends beginning this fall. The pacts however weren't for cash, but rather seven minutes of ad time per hour for national ad sales by Debmar.

INSIDE EDITION (Syndication) - Deborah Norville has signed on to continue hosting the syndicated newsmagazine for two more years. The news was announced by distributor King World Productions at the industry's annual NATPE convention in Las Vegas this week.

MONK (USA) - 5.51 million viewers tuned into the show's first new episode of 2005. Among adults 18-49, "Monk" earned a solid 1.7 rating/5 share. Said numbers were on par with its average from its nine-episode run this past summer (5.1 million).

NATPE 2005 OFF-NETWORK ROUNDUP - For those interested, here's a breakdown of this year's off-network offerings at the 2005 NATPE convention, which began this week - Fall 2005: "24" (Twentieth), "Alias" (Buena Vista), "The Bernie Mac Show" (Twentieth), "Candid Camera" (Tribune Entertainment), "Da Vinci's Inquest" (Program Partners), "Farscape" (Debmar), "Girls Behaving Badly" (Sony), "My Wife and Kids" (Buena Vista), "One on One" (Paramount), "Sex and the City" (Warner Bros.), "Smallville" (Warner Bros.), "South Park" (Debmar), "Star Trek: Enterprise" (Paramount) and "Stargate Atlantis" (MGM); Fall 2006: "According to Jim" (Buena Vista), "CSI: Miami" (King World), "Everwood" (Warner Bros.), "The George Lopez Show" (Warner Bros.), "Reba" (Twentieth) and "Scrubs" (Buena Vista); Fall 2007: "Cold Case" (Warner Bros.) and "Eight Simple Rules" (Buena Vista); Fall 2008: "CSI: NY" (King World) and "Two and a Half Men" (Warner Bros.). Note that this list does not mean each series will be sold into syndication, it just means their respective distributors are looking to sell it for the targeted dates.

PEEP SHOW (FOX) - Johnny Galecki ("Roseanne"), Josh Meyers ("MADtv") and Amanda Holden ("Mad About Alice") have joined the cast of the comedy pilot, about two average guys who form a modern day "Odd Couple." Meyers, who had a talent holding deal at the network, will play one of the lead roles, an aspiring musician, as will Galecki. Holden then will play a co-worker of Galecki's character. Jeff and Jackie Filgo ("That '70s Show") are behind "Peep," which comes from the Carsey-Werner studio.

THE SHIELD (FX) - Michael Pena ("Million Dollar Baby") is the latest addition to the cable drama's fourth season, which launches Tuesday, March 15 at 10:00/9:00c. Pena, who's signed to appear in at least 12 episodes, will play a former Marine reservist who is pursuing a career in law enforcement. He'll be partnered with Walton Goggins' character following the disbanding of the Strike Team.

THE TONY DANZA SHOW (Syndication) - The show's second season has now been cleared by Buena Vista Television on almost 100 stations, bringing its national clearance rate from 60% to 70% for the 2005-06 season. The company however has yet to firmly commit to a sophomore year for the talk show.

THE TWILIGHT ZONE (Syndication) - New Line Television has cleared repeats of the short-lived UPN series in four key markets - Boston, Cleveland, Phoenix and Nashville - for the 2005-06 season.

THE TYRA BANKS SHOW (Syndication) - 19 of the 25 FOX owned-and-operated stations have cleared the freshman talk show for a fall 2005 launch. The news means the series, which comes from Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, is a go in more than 70% of the country including stations in the New York; Los Angeles; Chicago; Boston; Dallas; Washington, D.C.; Atlanta; Detroit; Houston; Minneapolis; Phoenix; St. Louis; Cleveland; Orlando, Fla.; Baltimore; Birmingham, Ala.; Memphis, Tenn.; Greensboro, N.C.; and Austin, Texas markets. Additional clearances, which would likely push it up to 90% of the country, are expected to come during the 2005 NATPE convention, which began on Tuesday.

THE WAR AT HOME (FOX) - Michael Rapaport ("Boston Public") has been cast in the Warner Bros. Television/Acme Productions comedy pilot, about hypocritical parents who struggle to maintain dominance over their kids. He'll play the father of a dysfunctional brood in the project, which comes from writer Rob Lotterstein, who will executive produce alongside Acme principals Mindy Schultheis and Michael Hanel. Rapaport's involvement lifts the cast-contigency on the pilot's production. The actor previously had a talent holding deal at the network.

Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





  [january 2005]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
      


· 24 (FOX)
· ACCORDING TO JIM (ABC)
· ALIAS (ABC)
· BERNIE MAC SHOW, THE (FOX)
· BOSTON PUBLIC (FOX)
· CANDID CAMERA (PAX)
· COLD CASE (CBS)
· CSI: MIAMI (CBS)
· CSI: NEW YORK (CBS)
· DRAWN TOGETHER (COMEDY CENTRAL)
· EIGHT SIMPLE RULES (ABC)
· EVERWOOD (WB)
· FARSCAPE (SYFY)
· GEORGE LOPEZ SHOW, THE (ABC)
· INSIDE EDITION (SYNDICATION)
· MONK (USA)
· MY WIFE & KIDS (ABC)
· ONE ON ONE (UPN)
· PEEP SHOW (FOX)
· REBA (CW)
· SCRUBS (ABC)
· SEX AND THE CITY (HBO)
· SHIELD, THE (FX)
· SMALLVILLE (CW)
· SOUTH PARK (COMEDY CENTRAL)
· STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE (UPN)
· STARGATE ATLANTIS (SYFY)
· THAT '70S SHOW (FOX)
· TONY DANZA SHOW, THE (SYNDICATION)
· TWILIGHT ZONE, THE (UPN)
· TWO AND A HALF MEN (CBS)
· TYRA BANKS SHOW, THE (SYNDICATION)
· WAR AT HOME, THE (FOX)











[10/31/14 - 10:12 AM]
Iggy Azalea to Perform at the 2014 American Music Awards(R)
She joins a star-studded lineup of previously announced must-see performers including 5 Seconds of Summer, Charli XCX, Mary J. Blige, Fergie, Lorde, One Direction, Sam Smith and the evening's host, Pitbull.

[10/31/14 - 09:36 AM]
PBS to Air Second Season of Shine International's Boisterous Sitcom "Vicious" Stateside, Summer 2015
Following a re-commission by UK broadcaster ITV, the series will return with Freddie (Sir Ian McKellen) and Stuart (Sir Derek Jacobi) delivering more biting remarks, snide comments and cruel asides.

[10/31/14 - 08:46 AM]
"Parenthood" Retains 92% of Last Week in Adults 18-49 and 97% in Total Viewers
NBC spins the numbers for Thursday, October 30.

[10/31/14 - 08:34 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Edges CBS for Demo Crown
The Alphabet snaps the Eye's seven week win streak among adults 18-49.

[10/31/14 - 08:12 AM]
ABC Beats CBS' Thursday Night Premieres to Win the Opening Night Of the November Sweep for the 2nd Straight Year in Adults 18-49
ABC spins the numbers for Thursday, October 30.

[10/31/14 - 07:50 AM]
Global Mystery Solved: Investigation Discovery Did It!
Since Investigation Discovery debuted in February 2008, it has been one of the fastest-growing networks in U.S. cable television and has seen a parallel growth track internationally.

[10/31/14 - 07:32 AM]
USA Network to Air Academy Award(R) Nominated Film "Do the Right Thing" with Special Introduction by Critically Acclaimed Lead Actress Rosie Perez
On Saturday, November 1, USA Network will air the Spike Lee film, that sparked a national dialogue more than two decades ago about racial tension in America and which still remains relevant today.

[10/31/14 - 03:01 AM]
Death-Defying Stunts and Famous Cars Take Center Stage in Two New Original Reality Series
"Extreme Escapes" (Saturday, November 29) and "Screen Machines" (Tuesday, December 2) are both on tap at ReelzChannel in the coming weeks.

[10/30/14 - 02:50 PM]
"The Meredith Vieira Show" Renewed for Second Season on NBC Owned Television Stations
"'The Meredith Vieira Show' has the full commitment and support of NBCUniversal and we could not be happier to bring it back for a second season," said Ed Swindler.

[10/30/14 - 02:17 PM]
52 Million Viewers Tune-In to World Series Game 7
FOX Sports spins the numbers for Wednesday, October 29.

[10/30/14 - 12:53 PM]
"Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" Shakes Things Up This November with an Exciting Lineup of Theme Weeks
"Millionaire: Whiz Kids," "Celebrity Week," "Millionaire: Daytime Talk Show Week" and "Millionaire: Guinness World Records(R) Edition" are all on tap.

[10/30/14 - 11:35 AM]
GSN's "Idiotest" Settles the Ongoing Election Night Debate as Democrats and Republicans Battle It Out to Determine Who Is Smarter
The themed episode airs Tuesday, November 4 at 9:00/8:00c on the cable channel.

[10/30/14 - 11:20 AM]
"The Tonight Show" Defeats Letterman, Kimmel in All Key Ratings Categories for Week of Oct. 20-24
NBC spins the late-night numbers for the week of October 20-24.

[10/30/14 - 11:18 AM]
"Hawaii Five-0" Celebrates 100 Episodes by Revealing Hidden Nods to the Original Series Placed Within the Show Over the Past Five Years
Said anniversary installment airs next Friday, November 7 at 9:00/8:00c on CBS.

[10/30/14 - 11:03 AM]
E! Entertainment Extends "The Soup" Host Joel Mchale Through 2016
Additionally, McHale's production company, Free Period Productions, will continue its production development deal, in which he will give the network first look rights to ideas for non-scripted series.