Last Danza for Tony
March 27, 2006 12:00 AM
Who's the boss? Station owners-as Tony Danza discovered last week, when he learned of the impending demise of his syndicated talk show. Speaking directly to his studio and television audience Friday, Mr. Danza said it was unlikely his Buena Vista Television strip would return in the fall for a third season. Advising viewers to "enjoy the rest of the run," Mr. Danza said his personal effort to find a station in New York for the fall had failed. "We are going to finish real strong and enjoy what we have left," he said. The future of "The Tony Danza Show" has been in question since December, when it became clear the show was being bumped from its New York and Boston slots on ABC owned-and-operated stations and being replaced with King World's "Rachael Ray." -Christopher Lisotta
The future of the Hollywood trade media wars will be televised. TV Guide Channel is set to announce "Square Off," a weekly industry debate series starring Variety critic Brian Lowry going toe-to-toe with Hollywood Reporter Features Editor Andrew Wallenstein. The program is executive produced by Scott Sternberg and Peter Guber. Mr. Guber currently co-hosts the AMC weekend showbiz talk show "Sunday Morning Shootout" with Variety Editor in Chief Peter Bart. "As a brand we cover the stars, we cover the shows, but we haven't yet covered the industry itself," said Ryan O'Hara, president of TVGC. "This show rounds out our portfolio." Each week's panel will include guest pundits such as actors, network executives, directors and other industry reporters. TVGC has ordered 37 one-hour episodes, breaking the network's record. Oh, and who broke the news about "Square Off" last year, despite all that trade reporting talent on board for the show?
Yep: TVWeek. -James Hibberd
Lifetime's upcoming improvisational comedy "Lovespring" is tapping name brands to lure name brands. "Will & Grace" star Eric McCormack is executive producer, and the show is trying to line up appearances by Mr. McCormack, Sean Hayes and Lori Loughlin. Dave Foley, Fred Willard and Megan Mullally might appear as well. "Because of the dating agency format, where they're trying to find clients partners, it's easy to bring in various guest stars as clients," said Lifetime Entertainment President Susanne Daniels. To make it all seem real, "Lovespring" is shot in an actual Los Angeles-area office park-in fact, at the production company's own offices. -James Hibberd