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Nov 3, 2003  •  Post A Comment

ABC Family President Angela Shapiro is negotiating her exit from the cable channel. As reported by TelevisionWeek on Oct. 13, Disney reorganized its cable holding, resulting in Ms. Shapiro reporting to ABC Cable Networks Group head Anne Sweeney, an arrangement to which Ms. Shapiro objected. Ms. Shapiro was not in her office last week, insiders said, and the channel is being run by general manager Mark Silverman until a replacement is named. An ABC Family spokesperson had no comment.
Lucky 13 Get Pickups
The broadcast networks doled out full-season orders to 13 freshman series last week. ABC gave back-nine episode orders to all four of its new sitcoms, “Hope & Faith,” “I’m With Her,” “It’s All Relative” and “Married to the Kellys,” and two freshman dramas, “10-8” and “Threat Matrix.” This marks the second year in a row that ABC has picked up all of its new sitcoms for a full season. Wednesday night drama “Karen Sisco” is the only new show that hasn’t received a full-season pickup, but ABC ordered four additional scripts. NBC gave the green light to Tuesday night sitcoms “Whoopi” and “Happy Family.” CBS picked up five of its six new series for a full season-sitcom “Two and a Half Men” and dramas “Cold Case,” “Navy NCIS,” “Joan of Arcadia” and “The Handler.” The only new show that CBS did not pick up is the David. E. Kelley drama “The Brotherhood of Poland, N.H.” A few other series also were not so lucky last week. Fox canceled its freshman Friday night sitcom “Luis.” NBC pulled its Sunday night drama “The Lyon’s Den” off its schedule for November sweeps. “Den” is still in production and expected to return after sweeps.
TV Hall of Fame Announces New Inductees
Bob Barker, Art Carney, Katie Couric, Dan Rather and the late Brandon Tartikoff have been chosen by The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for induction into the Hall of Fame, Dick Askin, chairman of the Television Academy, announced last week.
Dennis Miller Gets CNBC Talk Show
Dennis Miller is getting an hour-long weeknight talk show on CNBC in January, after the expiration of the comedian-commentator’s commitment as a regular contributor to Fox News Channel’s “Hannity & Colmes.” According to the multiyear deal-that makes Mr. Miller exclusive to CNBC, he will be executive producer of the show, which will be produced by and at NBC Studios in Burbank. “With all that’s going on in the world today, it’s nice to have a nightly platform to air my opinions,” said Mr. Miller, who was a regular on “Saturday Night Live” from 1985 to 1991, in the announcement Thursday. “I’m happy to be back in the NBC family.” Added CNBC President and CEO Pamela Thomas-Graham, who recently talked to TelevisionWeek about her plans for appealing to the business-news network’s core audience of financial and business professionals: “Our audience demands smart and sharp programming, and Dennis’ new show will more than deliver on those expectations.”
`Judge Judy’ in Session Through 2006
Paramount Domestic Television renewed top-ranked court show “Judge Judy” through 2006 in the top 30 markets, representing more than 80 percent of the country. Among the stations inking deals were WNBC-TV in New York, KCBS-TV in Los Angeles, WBBM-TV in Chicago and many of the FOX owned-and-operated stations, such as WTXF-TV in Philadelphia, KDFW-TV in Dallas, WTTG-TV in Washington, WAGA-TV in Atlanta and WJBK-TV in Detroit. “`Judge Judy’ has ranked as the No. 1 court show for six consecutive years,” said John Nogawski, president of Paramount Domestic Television. “It dominates early fringe and is one of the best lead-ins to news in the business. These renewals reflect `Judge Judy’s’ value to stations as a syndication powerhouse for years to come.”