Twentieth Television confirmed last week that it has tapped former Atlanta Falcons tight end and Fox Sports game analyst Tim Green to host its revival of syndicated newsmagazine strip “A Current Affair.” The distributor said in December that the show, which will be executive produced by “A Current Affair” creator Peter Brennan, is slated to debut on the Fox Television Stations Group in the fall. The Fox stations cover nearly 45 percent of the country. Mr. Green is a college football Hall of Famer who was a first-round draft pick of the Falcons in 1986 out of Syracuse University. He is a law school graduate, the author of 12 books and a commentator for National Public Radio.
HBO Opens Talks on `Sopranos’ Syndication
HBO has begun discussions with cable networks about syndication rights to its mob hit “The Sopranos.” But insiders at the pay cable network warned that the talks might not result in a sale, partly because there remains a division of opinion at the network regarding whether a show so indelibly linked to HBO should be allowed to appear on another channel. The reruns would be available in fall 2006, after the last season of the series is set to appear on HBO. HBO is making pitches to networks, including TNT, USA, Spike TV, A&E, FX and Lifetime, and is seeking up to $1.8 million for each of the 78 episodes. It was unclear whether HBO would also consider making the show available to TV stations for weekend airings. An HBO spokesman declined to comment on the syndication plans.
`CSI: NY’ 75 Percent Cleared in Syndication
King World Productions has sold the weekend broadcast syndication rights to the CBS series “CSI: NY” to stations representing 75 percent of the country for debut in fall 2008, Roger King, CEO of CBS Enterprises and King World Productions, announced last week. The stations represent groups including Viacom, Belo, Hearst-Argyle, Gannett, Scripps Howard, Meredith, Emmis, Cox, Media General, Capitol, Landmark, Dispatch, Freedom and Grey. Stations sold thus far include all top 30 markets. The top 20 are WCBS-TV (New York), KCBS-TV (Los Angeles), WBBM-TV (Chicago), KYW-TV (Philadelphia), WBZ-TV (Boston), KPIX-TV (San Francisco), KTVT-TV (Dallas), WUSA-TV (Washington), WUPA-TV (Atlanta), WKBD-TV (Detroit), KHOU-TV (Houston), KSTW-TV (Seattle), WTOG-TV (Tampa, Fla.), WCCO-TV (Minneapolis), KTVK-TV (Phoenix), WEWS-TV (Cleveland), WFOR-TV (Miami), KCNC-TV (Denver), KCRA-TV (Sacramento, Calif.) and WKCF-TV (Orlando, Fla.).
Twentieth Clears `24′ in 85 Percent of Country
Twentieth Television announced last week that clearances for the off-network debut of its drama “24” have grown to 109 markets throughout the United States, representing 85 percent of the country. The announcement was made by Paul Franklin, executive VP and general sales manager for broadcast, Twentieth Television. New clearances include ABC affiliates WCVB-TV in Boston (Hearst-Argyle) and KSTP-TV in Minneapolis (Hubbard Broadcasting); NBC affiliates KPRC-TV in Houston (Post-Newsweek), KSDK-TV in St. Louis (Gannett) and KSHB-TV in Kansas City, Mo. (Scripps-Howard); and Emmis Broadcasting’s CBS affiliate KOIN-TV in Portland, Ore. The program has already been cleared by 18 major-market stations owned by the Viacom Television Stations Group, including WCBS-TV, New York; KCBS-TV and KCAL-TV, Los Angeles; WBBM-TV, Chicago; KYW-TV and WPSG-TV, Philadelphia; and KPIX-TV and KBHK-TV in San Francisco. Twentieth Television is distributing “24” as a weekly hour for fall 2005 with a 7 local/7 national barter split.