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Jan 6, 2003  •  Post A Comment

‘Beyond’ dormant

Los Angeles-“Beyond With James Van Praagh” may be over. Executives at distributor Tribune have confirmed that the syndicated series has ceased production after a slow debut this season and the future of the rookie is murky. The strip has averaged a 1.0 household rating with a 0.6 rating in adults 18 to 49.

“Unfortunately, the marketplace was not as responsive to ‘Beyond’ as we had hoped to move forward for season two,” said Donna Harrison, senior VP of unscripted programming and development at Tribune Entertainment. “We have produced a sufficient number of episodes to keep the series on the air until we explore our options, including those outside of syndication.”

‘Varney’ leaves CNBC

New York-“Wall Street Journal Editorial Board with Stuart Varney” is gone from CNBC’s Friday night lineup, according to the editorial page of Friday’s Wall Street Journal.

“In the course of long-planned renegotiations, CNBC and the Journal failed to agree on the future direction of the program. We are grateful to CNBC for the opportunity, and we are especially grateful to our viewers,” said the unsigned item.

Filling the 9 p.m. Friday time slot is “Capital Report.”In addition, “Capital Report” host Alan Murray is getting a new co-host in Gloria Borger, who will step down as Bob Schieffer’s deskmate on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

More exiting CNN

New York-San Francisco-based correspondent and “Next@CNN” anchor James Hattori and CNNfn anchor Bruce Francis have joined the small exodus of reporters whose contracts are not being renewed by CNN. Also leaving CNN: medical correspondent Rea Blakey, who did not want to relocate to network headquarters in Atlanta.