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Aug 13, 2002  •  Post A Comment

CBS shifts Sept. 11 programming

CBS has revised its schedule of Sept. 11 anniversary programs, which will air under the umbrella of “9/11: The Day That Changed America.”

The rebroadcast of “9/11,” the documentary about the experience of one group of New York firefighters, will air at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, instead of Sunday, Sept. 8. Instead of assigning prime time on Sept. 11 to the combined teams of “60 Minutes” and “60 Minutes II,” CBS now has asked “60 Minutes” to do a two-hour edition at 7 p.m. Sunday, with repeats of network series expected to air that night from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

CBS News correspondent Scott Pelley’s coup, an exclusive interview with President Bush, will be showcased from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sept. 11.

‘Anna Nicole’ loses some points: The second episode of E! Entertainment’s “The Anna Nicole Smith Show” premiered this past Sunday night with a 3.02 national household rating, down approximately 25 percent from the 4.1 that the Episode 1 premiere scored one week before.

In the coveted 18- to 34-year-old demo, Episode 2 was actually up approximately 6 percent, according to E!’s data, scoring a 3.7 compared to a 3.5 for episode one.

The first episode was panned by the critics, who not only lambasted the network for exploitation but wondered if Ms. Smith was on medication during the filming. The diminished household rating for Episode 2 suggest that the universal condemnation has taken a toll, though not in the coveted 18- to 34-year-old demo.

In the metered market overnights, which report before the national ratings are in, Episode 2 scored a 3.6, compared to Episode 1’s eye-popping 5.5 in the overnights one week before.

FCC approves tower move: By early next summer, viewers throughout the Jackson, Miss., market should once again be able to get Fox Broadcasting programming without having to pay for it. White Knight Broadcasting has received permission from the Federal Communications Commission to move the tower for WNTZ-TV to a location that will cover the Jackson DMA, the 88th largest in the country.

White Knight, which has signed a new agreement with Fox, will construct a main studio and office facility in Jackson. The facility is expected to be completed by early summer 2003.

In the meantime, Fox programming in the area continues to be available through the FOXNET cable programming service. After the move, White Knight will distribute Fox’s signal to Alexandria, Miss., viewers via a cluster of low-power stations.

CAA adds Hollister Co. to corporate clients: Creative Artists Agency has entered into a corporate client deal with Hollister Co., a teen-focused clothing line of Abercrombie & Fitch, with the Beverly Hills-based talent agency identifying motion picture, music and television tie-in opportunities.

Hollister, which currently operates 60 stores and plans to have 600 to 800 stores in the United States, joins other CAA marketing and consulting clients including Coca-Cola, Motorola, Procter & Gamble, Boeing and the Indy Racing League.

‘Man Show’ hit with lawsuit: A Los Angeles man is suing Comedy Central’s “The Man Show” for allegedly “surreptitiously” taping and airing a segment in which an actor for the show convinced his girlfriend to “blow up” an inflatable device at the beach while the actor made “lewd sexual comments to her.”

In the suit, filed Aug. 8 in Los Angeles Superior Court by noted feminist attorney Gloria Allred on behalf of Los Angeles native Patrick Finnegan and his unidentified “female companion,” claimed Mr. Finnegan did not consent to the taping, but found out later that the segment aired on the show.

Claiming misappropriation of likeness and unfair business practices, the suit names Comedy Central co-owners Viacom and Time Warner Entertainment and series producer Stone Stanley Entertainment.

20th deal with Original TV: Neal Moritz and Marty Adelstein’s Original Television production banner has been signed by 20th Century Fox Television to an exclusive two-year program development and production deal. Under the terms of the pact, Original Television will develop and produce series programming for all the networks in association with 20th Century Fox Television. Additionally, Fox studio-based producer Dawn Parouse will join Original Television as president, overseeing the venture on behalf of the two companies.

Longinotti new KPIX VP-GM: Ron Longinotti has been appointed VP and general manager of San Francisco CBS station KPIX-TV, continuing the speedy repopulation of management ranks in the Viacom Television Stations Group.

Mr. Longinotti will work with Jerry Braet, the general manager of UPN station KBHK-TV who had been overseeing both stations in the San Francisco duopoly since the exit last March of former KPIX general manager Jerry Eaton.

Mr. Longinotti had run Belo’s KGW-TV in Portland, Ore., since spring 1999. Before that, he had been general manager of Belo’s KOTV-TV in Tulsa, station manager of Gannett’s KXTV-TV in Sacramento and sales executive at Hearst-Argyle’s KCRA-TV in Sacramento.

Taco Bell in TNN deal: Taco Bell and Viacom’s TNN cable network have reached an advertising and product placement deal that will put the restaurant chain into such TNN shows as “Oblivious” and “Ultimate Revenge” and in the network’s new adult-animation block that will launch in spring 2002 and feature “Gary the Rat,” starring Kelsey Grammer. The fast-food company described the agreement as a “multimillion dollar” deal. The deal extends through summer 2003 and follows a recent overall deal between Taco Bell and Viacom’s MTV. The deals with the two younger-demo-skewing Viacom cable networks are part of Taco Bell’s $200 million “Think Outside The Bun” marketing campaign.

‘Ali & Jack’ sold in N.Y., L.A.: King World has confirmed that future daytime strip “Living it Up! With Ali & Jack” has been sold to WCBS-TV in New York and KCBS-TV in Los Angeles, both CBS-owned stations. The series, to debut in fall 2003, will feature co-hosts Alexandra Wentworth and Jack Ford and will offer a live broadcast at 9 a.m. each weekday from New York. Stations also would have the option of repeating the show later in the day. Currently, “Martha Stewart Living” airs in that time slot.

‘Isaak’ renewed: Showtime has renewed “The Chris Isaak Show” for a third 13-episode season. Production on new episodes will start in January. The series is executive produced and written by Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider (“Northern Exposure”) and executive produced by Chris Isaak and Phoenix Entertainment’s Mike Medavoy and Arnold Messer.

Petterson elevated at WPIX morning show: After a year as producer of “The WB11 Morning News,” Lauren Petterson has been named executive producer of the 2-year-old morning show on Tribune-owned WPIX-TV in New York. Ms. Petterson succeeds founding executive producer Wil Surratt, who recently became senior executive producer of CNN’s “American Morning With Paula Zahn.” Before joining WPIX in August 2001, she had held a variety of news producer positions at WCBS-TV, WNBC-TV, News 12 Long Island, New York, and WNYT-TV, Albany, N.Y.

HBO, Salon in deal: HBO Films has a new first-look deal with Salon Media Group, publisher of the Salon.com news and entertainment Web site. Under the agreement, HBO Films will underwrite story ideas that will appear on Salon and could be optioned for future film adaptations on HBO. In addition, Salon will present multiple story ideas compiled by its editorial staff and network of free-lance writers.