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Feb 18, 2002  •  Post A Comment

NBC, MGM go for `B.A.I.T.’
Los Angeles-Just as NBC is considering a summer 2002 Saturday-night network platform to springboard the launch of “B.A.I.T.” into first-run syndication (see story, Page 2), NBC Enterprises has entered into a deal with MGM to serve as a co-producer and international distributor of the hour-long series. Vince Manze, co-president of the NBC Agency and co-creator of “B.A.I.T.,” confirmed the deal late Friday and said shooting on the pilot could start as early as March.
Warner Bros. may run `Moral Court’ repeats
Los Angeles-Warner Bros.’ “Moral Court” may be revived for next season, but it will be older episodes, not fresh fare, that fills the time slots. Sources said that the distributor, unable to land a New York clearance, is toying with the idea of running repeat episodes of the strip, which ran only during the 2000-01 season, instead of taping new shows. Scenarios include cash-only deals for stations as well as different barter splits. A Warner Bros. spokesperson had no comment.
Tribune cancels `Truth’
Los Angeles-Tribune Entertainment has opted to pull the plug, sources say, on sophomore game show “To Tell the Truth.” The series had averaged a 1.3 household rating so far this season before company executives, who inherited the strip from Pearson Television, opted to pull the plug. The John O’Hurley-hosted game show was the fifth version of the concept originally created by Bob Stewart. Earlier in the season, Tribune axed fellow Pearson strip “Card Sharks.” That leaves only “Family Feud” from the trio of game shows taken over by the syndicator from Pearson. Tribune executives had no comment.