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Oct 17, 2003  •  Post A Comment

‘Joe’ Slated for Mondays ; ‘Third Watch’ Moves to Friday

NBC is bumping drama “Third Watch” to Fridays to make room for its new dating show “Average Joe” just in time for November sweeps. The six-week series will premiere Monday Nov. 3 from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. “Third Watch” moves into “Boomtown’s” old slot on Fridays at 10 p.m. to 11 p.m., starting Friday, Oct. 31.

“Joe” gives a former beauty queen and NFL cheerleader the chance to find the man of her dreams, but when she meets the men competing for her affection, she is surprised to learn that they are all average looking men, some of whom describe themselves as geeks.

Kathy Griffin (“Suddenly Susan”) hosts the show, which is produced by NBC Studios and Krasnow Productions. Stuart Krasnow (“Dog Eat Dog,” “Weakest Link”) is executive producer. Andrew Glassman is co-executive producer. Jason Raff is supervising producer.

Jeff Sagansky Launches Phenomena: Jeff Sagansky is back into the media headlines with the announcement that the former CBS Entertainment president and former Pax CEO has founded a glossy magazine, Phenomena. The bimonthly explores “unexplained” subject matter ranging from the paranormal and quantum theory to alternative history and UFOs.

“There’s nothing else like this in the marketplace,” said Mr. Sagansky. He said in the launch announcement that “this content has been a passion of mine for some time.”

The editor-in-chief of Phenomena, which is being published by Mania Entertainment, is Simon Cox, formerly of the CD-ROM magazine DUAT.

The premiere issue of Phenomena is available now at major bookstores and newsstands across the country.

‘Saving Jessica Lynch’ to Air Nov. 9: NBC made-for-TV movie “Saving Jessica Lynch” will air Sunday, Nov. 9 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. The first 40 minutes of the movie will air without commercial breaks. The movie tells the story of the ambush on the 507th Maintenance Company during the war in Iraq and the rescue of one of its members, Pfc. Jessica Lynch, who was a prisoner of war.

U.S. Court of Appeals Schedules Media Deregulation Hearings: The U.S. Court of Appeals in Philadelphia has scheduled oral hearings Jan. 12 to consider lawsuits seeking to overturn the Federal Communications Commission’s media ownership deregulation.

The hearings on the FCC’s controversial June 2 rulings were originally slated for Nov. 5. The justices gave no official explanation for the rescheduling. But Andrew Schwartzman, president of the activist Media Access Project-the group leading the court charge against the FCC’s deregulation-said the case is still moving on a fast pace, with a final decision anticipated as early as April. “The court is continuing to press the attorneys on what by any accounts is a very rapid time frame, ” Mr. Schwartzman said.

Lawrence Signs Development Deal With NBC Studios: Bill Lawrence signed a four-year development deal at NBC Studios exceeding $10 million. Mr. Lawrence, who is the creator and executive producer of NBC’s sitcom “Scrubs,” will develop new projects for the network and help supervise other writers who are creating sitcoms for the network. He will continue to be the showrunner on “Scrubs” next year while working on new projects. Mr. Lawrence was also creator/executive producer of “Spin City” and executive producer of MTV’s “Clone High USA.”

Pleshette to Guest Star on ‘8 Simple Rules’: Suzanne Pleshette will guest star in the first episode of “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter” that deals with John Ritter’s death. Ms. Pleshette will play the mother of Cate (Katey Sagal). ABC previously announced that James Garner has signed on for four episodes as Cate’s father.

Red Sox vs. Yankees Gives Fox First Thursday Win in 5 Years: The Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees playoff game last night gave Fox its highest-rated Thursday night in seven years in adults 18 to 49 and total viewers. The last time Fox won a Thursday night was almost five years ago. About 24.7 million people watched the game, according to Nielsen Media Research fast affiliate data, but that number is expected to go up when national numbers are available later today, because those will be time-zone-adjusted.

NBC and CBS made quick switches yesterday to clear original episodes of their normally dominating series out of the way of baseball. CBS did air an original “Survivor,” which didn’t seem to be hurt much by baseball. It was off just slightly from a week ago and finished in second place with a 7.2/19 in adults 18 to 49 and 19.1 million viewers.

A “CSI” repeat at 9 p.m. also held up well, finishing second with a 7.6/18 in adults 18 to 49 and 21.4 million viewers. At 10 p.m. NBC’s “ER” and CBS’s “Without a Trace” split the battle of the repeats, with “ER” taking second in adults 18 to 49 with a 5.1/13 to “Trace’s” 4.6/12 and “Trace” winning total viewers 14.3 million to “ER’s” 11.4 million.

CBS was the top-rated network airing entertainment programming last night in adults 18 to 49 (6.5./16) and total viewers (18.2 million).

ABC ran originals of “Threat Matrix” (1.7/5 in adults 18 to 49 and 6.7 million viewers) and “Extreme Makeover” (3.0/7 and 7.9 million viewers), which were down a bit from last week.

For the night, Fox won adults 18 to 49 with a 9.5/24, followed by CBS (6.5/16), NBC (5.0/13), ABC (2.5/6), UPN (1.7/4) and The WB (0.9/2). In total viewers, Fox won the night with 24.7 million, followed by CBS (18.2 million), NBC (11.3 million), ABC (7.5 million), UPN (4.8 million) and The WB (2.6 million).

Outdoor Life Network to Air ‘Cowboy 101’: Outdoor Life Network will debut a new show, “Cowboy 101” in January. The 13-part reality series will follow the efforts of tomorrow’s rodeo stars as they study at Sul Ross University in Alpine, Texas.