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L.A. Disc Jockeys Land 2004-05 Series Pacts

Jul 21, 2003  •  Post A Comment

Video is pushing the radio star once again as three television syndicators prepare to tap into the talent of disc jockeys on Los Angeles Clear Channel-station Star 98.7.
Morning talk teammates Jamie White and Danny Bonaduce have entered into separate agreements for potential syndicated television shows targeted for the 2004-05 season. The duo currently host L.A.’s highly rated morning-drive broadcast “Jamie and Danny in the Morning,” which is syndicated by Clear Channel.
Ms. White received a pilot commitment from Tribune Entertainment for an upcoming talk show, while Mr. Bonaduce and his wife Gretchen have partnered with Stone Stanley Entertainment for a new relationship series.
Meanwhile, Twentieth Television has nabbed key clearances for January 2004 for its upcoming show with Star 98.7 drive-time personality and “American Idol” star Ryan Seacrest.
The Stone Stanley strip, entitled “Danny and Gretchen’s Last Chance,” will be designed to break from the conventional daytime talk mold and delve into topics such as parenting, plastic surgery, old flames, sibling rivalry and dating, all in the context of a relationship in jeopardy. According to the production company, couples, brothers, sisters, friends and families will appear on the show to address issues ranging from “My partner loves porn more than he loves me,” to “My husband has been cheating on me-should I stay with him?” In the end, Gretchen and Danny will help the distresseddetermine if their relationship is worth saving.
“When Danny and Gretchen came here to meet with us, we were blown away by the chemistry of this couple,” said Sharon Levy, VP of development at Stone Stanley. “They both come at issues with such different viewpoints that we felt immediately that this would be a great play for syndication, because it speaks to the audience in such a positive way.”
“People have crazy situations that go on in their lives, but none crazier than my husband’s and mine,” Gretchen Bonaduce said. Sometimes even a tough relationship deserves a last chance. I know ours did.”
Mr. Bonaduce just completed a run on the syndicated strip “The Other Half,” from NBC Enterprises.
“Sometimes relationships you never thought could work, do. My wife dragged me out of the gutter kicking and screaming. I owe her everything. Unfortunately, she knows it and has become a pretty big pain in my ass,” he said.
The William Morris Agency brokered the deal. Among Stone Stanley’s other credits are: “Fame” for NBC; “Celebrity Mole Yucatan” for ABC; “The Man Show” for Comedy Central; “The Joe Schmo Show” and “Oblivious” for Spike TV.
Ms. White will have the lead role in a talk show to be piloted by Tribune Entertainment. The series will be produced through Jonathan Goodson Productions, which also created such syndie fare as “Forgive or Forget” and “Housecalls.”
Meanwhile, Twentieth Television has snagged 65 percent of the country in just two weeks for the January launch of “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest’s syndicated strip.
The strip will premiere in all markets where Fox owns and operates stations, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. It will also air on Viacom-owned stations in San Francisco (KBHK-TV/UPN) and Seattle (KSTW-TV/UPN), a Clear Channel-owned station in Jacksonville, Fla., (WAWS-TV/FOX/UPN), a Raycom-owned station in Cincinnati (WXIX/FOX) and a Tribune-owned station in Grand Rapids (WXMI/FOX).
“Stations are clearly responding to Ryan’s appeal to audiences of every demographic, and the number of highly visible 5 p.m. time periods prove that they are seeing this show as the perfect early fringe transitional vehicle,” said Bob Cook, president and chief operating officer for Twentieth Television.
Adam Freeman, former supervising producer for MTV’s hit series, “Total Request Live,” has been named a co-executive producer on the new Seacrest show.