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Twentieth Cancels ‘Good Day Live’

Feb 28, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Twentieth Television canceled “Good Day Live” and pushed back the launch of its upcoming syndicated strip “The Suze Orman Show,” the distributor confirmed late last week.

The final broadcast of Los Angeles-based “Good Day Live,” which began as a local experiment on select Fox-owned stations, is scheduled for March 18, Twentieth said last Friday.

Steve Edwards, Debbie Matenopoulos and Arthel Neville headline the strip. Mr. Edwards, who also appears weekday mornings on the Los Angeles-area Fox-owned KTTV’s “Good Day L.A.,” originally hosted the show along with his “Good Day L.A.” colleagues Dorothy Lucey and Jillian Barberie. Ms. Matenopoulos and Ms. Neville replaced the local duo last year.

“Good Day L.A.” is expected to continue airing locally.

In a statement Friday, Twentieth said: “We are enormously proud of `Good Day Live’ and its accomplishments these last three years. From the hosts to the producers and the entire production team, their heart and soul was placed into this unique nationally syndicated program and the quality shined through. While the program has displayed some growth in recent months with the change of hosts, the economics dictated the necessity to cease production.

“It has been a true pleasure working with Steve Edwards, Debbie Matenopoulos and Arthel Neville, and executive producers Josh Kaplan and Lisa Kridos,” the statement continued. “They are consummate professionals and highly talented. We also wish to thank our client stations and advertisers for their strong support in `Good Day Live.”‘

Surprise Delay

Twentieth said it would delay “Suze” until next year, citing a scarcity of good time periods on local stations. The decision was somewhat surprising to industry insiders because Twentieth just clinched some major market clearances for the show earlier this month. Insiders said the show was well on its way to a full pickup for fall 2005.

Spokeswomen for WCBS-TV in New York and KNBC-TV in Los Angeles recently confirmed “Suze” had been cleared on their stations for a fall 2005 launch (TelevisionWeek, Feb. 21).

“The interest and commitment in Suze Orman and her talk show among both broadcasters and advertisers remain very high,” Twentieth said in a statement. “While momentum for the strip has been building, fewer available attractive time periods in fall 2005 and the current economics of launching a daytime strip constrain the manner in which we wish to bring this very important program to viewers.

“In our view, there is much greater potential for `Suze Orman’ in fall 2006, or possibly earlier, when a number of highly desirable time periods are slated to become available. Therefore, we have adjusted the program’s time table to reflect the correct marketplace environment.”

Meanwhile, two other new syndicated shows-Twentieth’s revival of newsmagazine strip “A Current Affair” and Litton Entertainment’s weekly “HomeTeam”-locked up station clearance deals last week.

Paul Franklin, Twentieth’s executive VP and general sales manager, announced last Tuesday it has cleared “A Current Affair” in San Francisco, Las Vegas and Raleigh, N.C.

The half-hour weekday strip has been cleared on KPIX-TV in San Francisco, KVVU-TV in Las Vegas and WRAZ-TV in Raleigh. The three stations join the Fox owned-and-operated stations in clearing the show.

“A Current Affair” is scheduled to launch on the Fox O&Os this spring, likely in late March or early April, while the three new clearances may begin airing it as early as this summer.

The show is produced by Peter Brennan, John Tomlin and Bob Young.

Also last Tuesday, Litton Entertainment announced it has cleared its new one-hour weekly “HomeTeam” on seven NBC owned-and-operated stations. KNBC-TV in Los Angeles, WCAU-TV in Philadelphia, KNTV in San Francisco, WTVJ-TV in Miami, KNSD-TV in San Diego, WCMH-TV in Columbus, Ohio, and WJAR-TV in Providence, R.I., will launch the show starting in fall 2005.

“HomeTeam” has been cleared on WCVB-TV in Boston and WSB-TV in Atlanta. With a multistation deal with Sinclair Broadcasting Group, the show has more than 60 percent national coverage. It is awaiting clearances in New York and Chicago. n

Christopher Lisotta contributed to this report.