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RTN to Launch Fall Programming to Fill UPN, WB Vacancies

Jan 26, 2006  •  Post A Comment

RTN Television Network announced Thursday it will launch three hours of original weeknight programming beginning Sept. 1, in response to the upcoming programming breach created by the merger of The WB and UPN networks.

The first show announced: an hour-long variety-talk show hosted by former “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” host Robin Leach. It will be a barter format.

“It’s a very exciting time,” said Neal Ardman, the general manager of Equity Broadcasting’s WB affiliate KWBF-TV in Little Rock, Ark., and president of Little Rock-based RTN.

He said RTN is negotiating with studios for other programming, including game and talk vehicles and comedies. Currently it produces two other original shows, one the sometimes racy “Confessions Live” in late night Friday and the other “Retrojams by Request,” a Sunday night video show.

Mr. Ardman said Mr. Leach’s show will originate from studios in Las Vegas (where Mr. Leach’s attempt last year to get an all-Vegas channel off the ground ended in acrimony and lawsuits), New York, Dallas and Little Rock.