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Dec 3, 2001  •  Post A Comment

Discovery eyes NBC’s Saturday morning lineup
Los Angeles-Discovery Communications is said to be on the fast track to close a deal with NBC within two weeks to make a time buy of the Peacock Network’s Saturday morning lineup, according to a New York kids ad buyer and other sources. Sources said Discovery is negotiating a roughly $6 million annual license fee it would pay NBC beginning in fall 2002 for leasing its Saturday morning lineup. At deadline, an NBC spokesman declined comment, and Discovery execs were unreachable.
AT&T may not sell its Broadband unit
Englewood, Colo.-Having extended the deadline for bids to Monday, Dec. 3, there is growing speculation AT&T will decide not to sell its Broadband unit, now under new seasoned cable management. Sources say Comcast Corp. has been under pressure to improve its rejected $58 billion bid by agreeing to assume more of AT&T’s debt or buying its 25 percent stake of Time Warner Entertainment. The companies declined comment. AT&T’s board meets Dec. 8 to review offers.
HBO renews two sitcoms
New York-HBO is bringing back “Arli$$,” executive produced by and starring Robert Wuhl, for a seventh season, and “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” executive produced by and starring Larry David, for a third. Both comedies received 10-episode orders.
Tribune axes `Talk/Walk’
Los Angeles-“Talk or Walk“ has become the first rookie syndicated series to get the ax this season as Tribune Entertainment has opted to end production of the strip. The last episode will air on Jan. 25. The show most recently earned a 0.7 rating.