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May 26, 2003  •  Post A Comment

Twentieth Television confirmed last week that it will distribute an hour-long syndicated strip starring American Idol host Ryan Seacrest. The not-yet-titled project is expected to debut in January 2004, with the Fox Television Stations serving as the core launch group. Which FTS stations will carry the show has not yet been determined. Mr. Seacrest described the series as a combination of “the newsmagazine and variety show to bring a hybrid of entertainment and information to America.” Mr. Seacrest also will serve as executive producer of the new show.
L.A. Signs On For `King’-Size Debut
Sony Pictures Television locked up the final crucial market for the fall syndication debut of The King of Queens. The Fox television stations in Los Angeles (KTTV and KCOP-TV) have agreed to carry the off-network run of the show, which is produced by Hanley Productions and CBS Productions in association with Sony. The hit sitcom is now cleared on stations representing 98 percent of the country. The show had been cleared for fall on WNYW-TV in New York and WCIU-TV in Chicago. Last year Sony sold exclusive cable TV rights to Queens to TBS, in a six-year contract reportedly valued at $425,000 an episode in license fees. TBS will begin airing the hit sitcom in 2006.
TNT Adds `Boomtown’
Turner Network Television has snagged the early off-network rights to NBC’s Boomtown, which will join the TNT lineup Monday, May 26. The deal with NBC Enterprises calls for TNT to have an exclusive window to air all the first-season episodes this summer and a second window for season two episodes, which are expected to begin their TNT run in January 2004. The series, produced by DreamWorks Television in association with NBC Studios, begins its second season on NBC this fall. The Boomtown announcement was made by Ed Wilson, president, NBC Enterprises, and Steve Koonin, executive VP and chief operating officer for TNT and TBS Superstation.