‘Danza’ Unlikely to Return for Third Season

Mar 24, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Speaking directly to his studio and television audience Friday, talk show host Tony Danza said it was unlikely his eponymous Buena Vista Television syndicated strip would return for a third season in the fall.

Advising viewers to “enjoy the rest of the run,” Mr. Danza said his personal effort to find a clearance in New York for the fall, which he discussed on the air on Monday, had failed.

“We are going to finish real strong and enjoy what we have left,” he said.

The future of “The Tony Danza Show” has been in question since last December, when it became clear the show was being bumped from its New York and Boston clearances on the ABC owned-and-operated stations for King World’s “Rachael Ray” come fall. Buena Vista had not released any clearance information for the 2006-07 season for “Danza,” which has consistently been at the bottom of the ratings among talk strips this season.

In response to Mr. Danza’s on-air announcement, Buena Vista released a statement concerning the show Friday.

“All of us here at Buena Vista Television are very proud of the ‘Tony Danza Show,'” the statement said. “Tony continues to distinguish himself as one of the most talented and versatile performers in the business. We thank him and the incredible show staff for their continued efforts on the program, which will remain in production for the balance of the 2005-06 season.”

In other Buena Vista news, former “Everybody Loves Raymond” star Patricia Heaton is said to be in negotiations with the syndicator to produce and co-host a talk strip. Currently, Ms. Heaton is working on a comedy pilot for Buena Vista’s sister companies Touchstone Television and ABC. Buena Vista had no comment.