Hollywood Notes

Nov 4, 2002  •  Post A Comment

CBS has issued full-season extension orders for freshman series “CSI: Miami,” “Still Standing,” “Without A Trace” and “Hack”-four of the network’s seven new fall shows. The network canceled Sunday 8 p.m. sitcom “Bram and Alice” after four episodes.
“Bram and Alice,” produced by Paramount, slid to a 1.9 rating/4 share among adults 18 to 49 and 7.3 million viewers in its last outing Oct. 27.
“CSI: Miami,” which airs Mondays at 10 p.m., has been the top-ranked freshman series on the broadcast networks this season, averaging a 7.3 rating/18 share in adults 18 to 49 and 19.54 million total viewers during its first five weeks on the air.
At 9:30 p.m. Mondays, the sitcom “Still Standing” has been averaging a 6.0/14 in adults 18 to 49 and 16.32 million total viewers.
”Without A Trace,” airing at 10 p.m. Thursdays, has been CBS’s second-highest-rated freshman drama in adults 18 to 49 (5.4/14) and total viewers (15.45 million) over five airings. “Hack” has been averaging a 2.9/9 in adults 18 to 49 and 11.03 million total viewers in the 9 p.m. Friday slot.
UPN takes runway with `Supermodel’
UPN has picked up a new reality series under the tentative working title of “Supermodel.” Featuring model Tyra Banks as its judge and executive producer, the eight-episode run of “Supermodel” will present a nationwide talent search for eight everyday women who think they have the glam to make it in the “high-stress, high-stakes world of supermodeling.” The network says a panel of “Supermodel” experts, including modeling agency representatives, photographers, fashion magazine editors and Ms. Banks, will oversee the competitions. The ultimate prize will have a contestant winning a modeling contract with a top agency. “Supermodel” is a production of Right Brain Entertainment, in association with TY TY Baby Productions., Ken Mok (“Making the Band”) serves as executive producer alongside Ms. Banks.
NBC completes order for `Other Half’ strip
NBC Enterprises has picked up sophomore strip “The Other Half” for the remainder of the season. The first-run daily talk series hosted by Dick Clark, Danny Bonaduce, Mario Lopez and Dorian Gregory received some period upgrades in a show of support from key stations, including KNBC-TV, Los Angeles, shifting the series from noon to 3 p.m. The series most recently earned a 0.7 household rating, according to Nielsen Media Research.
Fox cancels Kelley’s `girls club’
Fox canceled the David E. Kelley drama “girls club” after just two airings. Last Monday’s episode hit a personal low 2.1 rating/5 share average in adults 18 to 49, off a whopping 52 percent from its “Boston Public” lead-in (4.4/11), according to final Nielsen Media Research national data. “girls club” also dropped 19 percent from its prior week’s premiere score in adults 18 to 49 (2.5/6). A Fox spokesman said an “encore” episode of “Boston Public” will fill the 9 p.m.-to-10 p.m. vacancy on Nov. 4. To fill the rest of the November sweeps, three weeks of specials will occupy the 9 p.m. slot.
`America’s Moving’ hits 15% clearance
“America’s Moving To …,” the upcoming series distributed by Mansfield Television and slated to air in January, has now claimed 15 percent of the country entering the market. Stations on board include WCIU-TV, Chicago; Tribune Broadcasting’s KDAF-TV, Dallas; Belo Corp.’s KHOU-TV, Houston; KTVK-TV/KASW-TV, Phoenix; WBQC-TV, Cincinnati; and WXIV-TV, Greensboro, N.C.
`Looney Tunes’ lands on Cartoon Net
The performance of Warner Bros. Animation’s “Baby Looney Tunes” has earned it a block on the Cartoon Network. The cable network will begin airing back-to-back episodes in a one-hour block weekdays at 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. (ET) starting Monday, Nov. 4. The series premiered Sept. 16 and has steadily increased its ratings since its debut. Through the month of October, “Baby Looney Tunes” has improved its time slot (9 a.m. weekdays) by 26 percent in kids 2 to 5 and kids 6 to 11 vs. year-ago ratings.