Fox Books ‘Family Time’ With Jay McGraw

Aug 2, 2004  •  Post A Comment

Fox has bought its own version of a home makeover reality show, “Family Time,” from Rocket Science Laboratories. The eight-episode show will focus on families that need a complete makeover, whether that means redesigning their house, personal makeovers or even reinvention for the family pet.

“Family Time” will be hosted by Jay McGraw, son of talk show host Phil McGraw.

ABC, Fox Set More Dueling Reality Shows

The day before ABC announced it was doing an American version of the hit United Kingdom family behavior makeover reality show “Supernanny,” Fox bought “Nanny 911,” a reality series with a remarkably similar premise. “Supernanny” stars British nanny Jo Frost, who moves in with a family and offers parents tips on how to better raise their children. Nick Powell, who created and executive produced the British original for Ricochet Ltd., is on board for the American version. ABC announced last Wednesday it was immediately going into production on the eight-episode series. Fox, which made its own play to buy “Supernanny,” bought “Nanny 911,” from U.K. production company Granada. A Fox spokesperson said the network closed the deal with Granada last Wednesday and bought the idea in the room the night before. The dueling nanny-based shows are the latest development in the Fox-ABC reality show rivalry. The networks already have competing family-trading shows.

`Seacrest’ Out

Twentieth Television decided last week to end runs of first-run strip “On-Air With Ryan Seacrest.” The rookie strip will continue to air until Friday, Sept. 17, but the production staff was notified that the series would not continue to a second season. Season to date, the series has averaged a 1.0 rating nationally with a 0.6 score in adults 18 to 49, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Mell Exits Fox Broadcasting

Fox Broadcasting’s Roberta Mell has left as executive VP of marketing. Ms. Mell, who was hired by former Fox Chairman Sandy Grushow, had served in her position for two years and had one year left on her contract. A Fox spokesman declined to comment on Ms. Mell’s departure. Executives said a search is under way for a replacement.

TNT Greenlights `The Closer,’ `The Line’

Turner Network Television has given the go-ahead on pilots for two original series. One series, “The Closer,” about an elite division of the LAPD, is from The Shephard/Robin Co. in association with Warner Bros. Television. The other, “The Line,” a legal drama about an unscrupulous prosecutor, is from DreamWorks TV in association with Sony Pictures Television. In other TNT news, 20th Century Fox has agreed to be the sponsor of the TNT original movie “Evel Knievel” as well as the live telecast of Robbie Knievel’s motorcycle jump from the former USS Intrepid in New York. 20th Century Fox also is partnering with TNT to promote the Aug. 13 theatrical release of “Alien vs. Predator.”

Reality Central Becomes Reality 24-7

A cable channel that hasn’t yet launched is already getting a new brand: Reality Central, the start-up network driven by CEO Larry Namer, has changed its name to Reality 24-7. According to a statement by the network, the switch was made to reflect the network’s commitment to original programming, international and stateside acquisitions and VOD platforms. The channel also made three executive appointments to its board of directors: Former Fox Broadcasting Chair Lucie Salhany; William Morris President and CEO Jim Wiatt; and investment manager David Siminoff.