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Complications Aside, 'Life' Goes On

December 12, 2005 12:00 AM

With word last week that Nicole Richie had broken off her engagement to professional club DJ Adam Goldstein, you might think Bunim-Murray Productions and 20th Century Fox would tweak the concept for the fourth installment of the reality comedy series "The Simple Life: Til Death Do Us Part," which is due to premiere in the spring. When the latest edition of "Simple Life" was conceived, Ms. Richie and co-star Paris Hilton were still best friends, both were engaged and the show was expected to air on Fox. Now the pair are not speaking, both have broken off their engagements and the show has moved to E! But a spokesman for Bunim-Murray said the format will remain the same, with Ms. Richie and Ms. Hilton competing against each other at "wifely" tasks. Seems it takes more than a new network, busted friendships and broken engagements to alter successful reality series formats. -Christopher Lisotta

Singing Praises of 'Rollergirls'

A&E has both the rock and the roll covered in its promotional whirl for "Rollergirls," the new series premiering Jan. 2. The network has created a five-market concert tour featuring the band The Donnas, whose hit "Play My Game" is the theme song for the series. The tour started last week in Los Angeles and San Francisco and will hit New York, Chicago and Philadelphia this week. (Music fans will see "Rollergirls" clips on video screens in FYE stores Dec. 26 through Feb 4.) A&E also is sponsoring an affiliate promotion in which one viewer from each participating market wins a trip to Austin, Texas, to see a live Rollergirls roller derby match. The winners will also get roller derby lessons from the Rollergirls themselves. -Jon Lafayette

Love That Discovery

For the 11th consecutive year, Discovery Channel bubbled to the top of Beta Research Corp.'s annual survey of viewer attitudes toward cable networks. Not only was Discovery ranked the favorite network among cable subscribers, but it also was named the biggest draw among noncable subscribers and the No. 1 network for average perceived value. Runners-up included ESPN (ranked No. 1 among men in most categories), History Channel, HGTV and CNN. Among midsize networks, Hallmark Channel and National Geographic Channel were the favorites. Viewers with heavy interest in video-on-demand and HD programming tended to have a high level of interest in GSN and G4. -James Hibberd