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J. Lo deal with Telemundo

Jennifer Lopez and her production company, Nuyorican, have signed a long-term production agreement with Telemundo, NBC’s Hispanic-language network.

Ms. Lopez herself unveiled the deal during a surprise appearance with Barry Medina, her manager and partner in Nuyorican, at Telemundo’s upfront presentation Tuesday night in New York.

The first project will be a novela that tells the story of a girl from the barrio who dreams of becoming a star and is determined to overcome all the obstacles that a young Latina faces in achieving success, according to the network, and future projects under discussion include a music-and-dance variety show.

“I see this opportunity as a way to connect to the Spanish speaking audience in a different and more profound way than has been done in the past,” Ms. Lopez told Telemundo’s advertisers. “I want to tell the stories of Latinos who grow up here and live the American dream.”

Ms. Lopez also said she’d be creating “drama, comedy, reality, music and dance” shows and “bringing them to Telemundo and all of you advertisers first.”

Bob Wright, NBC’s chairman and CEO, told TelevisionWeek at the upfront that he was looking for Telemundo projects to bring to NBC. The deal with J. Lo is an obvious opportunity for that kind of crossover.

Fox Will Not Pick Up ‘NYPD 2069’: Fox did not pick up Steven Bochco’s drama pilot NYPD 2069 for its fall schedule. Producers Paramount and Steven Bochco Productions are shopping the show around to other networks, Mr. Bochco told TelevisionWeek.

The series is about a modern-day cop who lands in the year 2069 after being cryogenically frozen when a shooting nearly kills him.

‘Raymond,’ ‘CSI’ Helps CBS Win Monday: CBS won two nights in a row placing first on Monday and Tuesday. Last night CBS stood out from the rest in adults 18 to 49 with a 5.2 rating and 14 share. CBS also won in total viewers with 15.4 million, according to Nielsen Media Research fast affiliate data. NBC started strongly in the 8 p.m. hour with Fear Factor (4.7/14 in adults 18 to 49), but CBS took over the night starting at 9 p.m. with 18.4 million viewers tuning in to Everbody Loves Raymond with 5.7/15 in adults 18 to 49. CSI: Miami sealed the win for CBS with 6.7/17 and 17.3 million viewers at 10:30 p.m.

CBS won the night in adults 18 to 49 with a 5.2/14, followed by NBC (4.6/12), Fox (3.3/9) and ABC (2.6/7).

In total viewers CBS won with 15.4 million, followed by NBC (10.3 million), Fox (7.8 million) and ABC (6.7 million).

The WB Sets Its Prime-Time Schedule: The WB ordered two new dramas, three new sitcoms and one variety show.Key moves included breaking up the winning combo of Gilmore Girlsand Smallville on Tuesdays to use Smallville to launch Wednesday nights. Smallville leads into Angel, which got a last-minute pickup.

WB Entertainment President Jordan Levin said the decision to bring back Angel, which had been on the bubble, was a financial and creative one. “It’s a show that is a loss leader for us,” Mr. Levin said.

So part of its return depended on if they could work out a licensing deal with studio Twentieth Century Fox for the right price. The deal is for one year, plus an option for another year. Mr. Levin said the show keeps getting better creatively, and next year will see the addition of James Marsters, playing Spike, and other Buffy cast members will make guest appearances. “Our audience is very loyal to the show,” Mr. Levin said. “It feels like it would have been an abrupt ending” if the network didn’t review it.

Unlike past years, this year all six new shows are produced by studios in the Warner Bros. family-a fact WB execs knew wouldn’t go unnoticed, Mr. Levin said. He said they considered putting a show from another studio on the schedule, “so we wouldn’t spook the town. “However,” I think this was the best schedule,” he said.

Several midseason pickups are from outside studios. The WB picked up six episodes of sitcoms The Mayor (Happy Madison/Sony) and The Help (Original Productions/Warner Bros.) for midseason, along with six episodes of a reality show called Make My Day (Monkey Television UK/Brad Grey Television). Midseason drama pickups went to the Gilmore Girls spinoff (Warner Bros.), which got a six-episode-plus-pilot order, and One Tree Hill (Tollin/Robbins/Warner Bros.), which got a 13-episode pickup.

Sunday5 p.m. Easy view: Fearless6 p.m. Easy view: Everwood7 p.m. Smallville: Beginnings8 p.m. Charmed9 p.m. Tarzan and Jane

Monday8 p.m. 7th Heaven9 p.m. Everwood

Tuesday8 p.m. Gilmore Girls9 p.m. Fearless

Wednesday8 p.m. Smallville9 p.m. Angel

Thursday8 p.m. Steve Harvey’s Big Time8:30 p.m. JKX: The Jamie Kennedy Experiment9 p.m. What I Like About You9:30 p.m. Run of the House

Friday8 p.m. Reba8:30 p.m. Like Family9 p.m. Grounded for Life9:30 p.m. All About the Andersons

ABC Announces Prime-Time Schedule: ABC added four new sitcoms, three new dramas and a third newsmagazine hour to its fall lineup. As expected, ABC Entertainment Chairman Lloyd Braun and ABC Entertainment President Susan Lyne said they will reinstate the 8 p.m.-to-10 p.m. “TGIF” sitcom block on Friday nights. They said “TGIF” stands for “Thank Goodness Its Funny” and will include broader, more-adult sitcoms and family sitcoms. The addition of “TGIF” means ABC will have 10 sitcoms on its fall schedule, likely to be more than any other network. “We decided to double down on comedy,” Mr. Braun said.

The Wonderful World of Disney movie franchise will move to Saturday night from Sunday. Sunday will be all series programming, with “Alias” finally getting a more compatible lead-in with drama 10-8.

The Rod Lurie drama Lines of Fire (formerly “Lines of Duty”) already has a 13-episode commitment and is slated for midseason. Fire didn’t make the fall schedule, because there wasn’t room left for it in 10 p.m. time slots when The Practice renewal came through, Ms. Lyne said.

Also picked up for midseason is Stephen King’s Kingdom Hospital, which will air Thursdays at 9 p.m. in January, replacing a reality wheel that has Extreme Makeover kicking it off in the fall. The reality wheel will be used to air reality shows that fit ABC’s brand, such as “Celebrity Mole,” Ms. Lyne said. Drew Carey is also expected to be back next season, but not in the fall, Mr. Braun said.

ABC will extend The Bachelor franchise next fall by airing the made-for-TV wedding of the last bachelorette, Trista Rehn, and her chosen one, Ryan Sutter. ABC will air two hours of programming leading up to the wedding and a two-hour special of their wedding. The next Bachelor was also revealed-Bob Guiney, one of Trista’s suitors, will be the latest bachelor when the latest installment of the show premieres this fall.

Touchstone drama Partners did not make the fall schedule, but Mr. Braun said it is still under consideration for midseason, as is another drama. Two sitcoms that didn’t make it to fall are also under consideration for midseason. The network won’t make any more midseason announcements for at least another month, Mr. Braun said.

Sunday

7 p.m. America’s Funniest Home Videos

8 p.m. 10-8

9 p.m. Alias

10 p.m. The Practice

Monday

8 p.m. PrimeTime Monday (“ABC Movie of the Week” starting in January)

9 p.m. Monday Night Football

Tuesday

8 p.m. 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter

8:30 p.m. I’m With Her

9 p.m. According to Jim

9:30 p.m. Less Than Perfect

10 p.m. NYPD Blue

Wednesday

8 p.m. My Wife and Kids

8:30 p.m. It’s All Relative

9 p.m. The Bachelor

10 p.m. Karen Sisco

Thursday

8 p.m. Threat Matrix

9 p.m. Extreme Makeover

10 p.m. PrimeTime Live

Friday

8 p.m. George Lopez

8:30 p.m. Back to Kansas

9 p.m. Hope & Faith

9:30 p.m. Life With Bonnie

10 p.m. 20/20

Saturday

8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wonderful World of Disney Movie

10 p.m. to 11 p.m. L.A. Dragnet

A&E Rolls Out New Programming: A&E Network has unveiled The Art of the Everyday, a new two-hour weekly block of lifestyle programming that will debut in July.

The 4 p.m.-to-6 p.m. Sunday block will feature All Year Round With Katie Brown, a one-hour series; Makeover Mamas, a twis
t on the proliferating makeover genre, with mothers and mothers-in-law redecorating their married kids’ rooms; Sell This House, a hidden-camera look at house buyers and sellers; and The Well-Seasoned Traveler, a culinary show that goes on the road.

News Corp. Posts Third-Quarter Profits: Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. swung to a fiscal third-quarter profit of $275 million, or 9 cents per American depository receipt, as revenue for the company rose, in part on the strength of Fox Entertainment Group.

The company reported today that revenue rose 14 percent to $4.39 billion, as the company’s movie, television and cable units all reported sizable jumps in revenue for the quarter.

A year earlier, the company reported red ink of $3.99 billion, or $3.16 per ADR, driven largely by a $4.1 billion write-down of News Corp.’s investment in the troubled Gemstar-TV Guide International.The company’s Fox Entertainment unit delivered a 39 percent increase in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization to $542 million, while revenue climbed 9 percent to $2.7 billion and operating income soared 129 percent to $464 million.

Company officials attributed the gains to the strength of the filmed entertainment operation, which had strong box office results for such films as Daredevil and Just Married, and to robust performance at the Fox broadcast network, which saw a 32 percent ratings jump due in part to Joe Millionaire and American Idol. Those advances at the network led to higher advertising pricing, which offset a rise in promotional costs associated with midseason replacements, the company said. EBITDA at the broadcast unit turned positive to $37 million, from a year-earlier negative cash flow of $45 million.

Cable also produced healthy results, recording a 28 percent jump in EBITDA to $106 million. Each of the cable unit’s channels-including Fox News Channel, FX and the regional sports networks-reported strong revenue growth. The company said Fox News ended the quarter as the highest-rated basic cable channel in prime time — buoyed by an 80 percent jump in viewership.

Operating income for the broadcast network hit $33 million from a year-earlier loss of $50 million, while revenue for the broadcast network rose slightly to $558 million from a year-earlier $553 million. EBITDA turned positive for the quarter, hitting $37 million from a year-earlier negative cash flow figure of $45 million.

At the cable networks, operting income surged more than 178 percent to $64 million from a year-earlier figure of 23 million. Revenue rose 18 percent to $515 million. EBITDA advanced 28 percent to $106 million.