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News Briefs: Hart Signs New Deal With ‘ET’

Oct 9, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Mary Hart has signed a new multiyear contract to continue anchoring CBS Paramount’s newsmagazine “Entertainment Tonight.” Ms. Hart, who last month began her 25th season as anchor, joined the show as a correspondent in 1982 and was made a co-anchor just a few weeks later. Ms. Hart’s previous five-year deal with “ET” in 2001 gave her more than $5 million annually. “At this point, `ET’ and Mary Hart are synonymous,” CBS Television Distribution Group CEO Roger King said in a statement last Thursday. “She is as enthusiastic today as she was 25 years ago, when she joined `ET’ and created a television icon together.” -CHRISTOPHER LISOTTA

Fox Adds Streaming Shows to MySpace

In an attempt to maintain interest in Fox programming while the baseball playoffs are under way this month, Fox expanded its Fox on Demand streaming initiative last week to put ad-supported episodes of Fox prime-time shows on MySpace, in addition their appearances on Fox-owned local station Web sites. Fox said it will run on-air promotions during Major League Baseball broadcasts to inform viewers of the new service. The shows include “Bones,” “Prison Break,” “Standoff,” “Vanished,” “Talk Show With Spike Feresten,” `”Til Death,” “The Loop” and “Justice.”-DAISY WHITNEY

NBCU Clears `House’ in 80 Percent of U.S.

NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution has sold its medical drama series “House,” currently airing on Fox, to local broadcast stations in more than 80 percent of the country for weekend double runs starting in fall 2008. “House” has been sold to stations in the Fox, CBS, Tribune, Sinclair and Clear Channel station groups. Clearances include WNYW-TV in New York, KTTV in Los Angeles, WFLD-TV in Chicago, KPIX-TV in San Francisco and WXIN-TV in Indianapolis.-CHRISTOPHER LISOTTA

Fox to Shuffle Schedule Post-Baseball

After the conclusion of its October postseason baseball telecasts, Fox is expected to change its schedule with major moves for some of its new dramas and one of its reality veterans. Starting Oct. 27, the mystery drama “Vanished” is expected to move to Friday at 8 p.m. (ET) from its post-“Prison Break” slot on Monday at 9 p.m. The current time-period holder, reality series “Nanny 911,” will be benched. The anticipated replacement for “Vanished” is the current Wednesday 9 p.m. legal drama “Justice.” The network is considering what to schedule in the current “Justice” time slot. Fox declined to comment on the schedule changes.-CHRISTOPHER LISOTTA

Shatner to Host ABC Game Show

Aside from starring in the ABC drama “Boston Legal,” William Shatner is getting additional duties: The Emmy winner will also host the new trivia game show “Show Me the Money” for the network. “Money” is being developed by Endemol USA, the same company that produces NBC’s “Deal or No Deal.” A premiere date has not been announced.-CHRISTOPHER LISOTTA

CAB Finds Ad Engagement Low on Small Screens

The Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau released a study last week that found that ad engagement was lower on smaller-screen devices. Consumers said the maximum length of ads they would watch on mobile phones is nine seconds. Nearly half of respondents said they didn’t want advertising on alternative devices, and more than half said they didn’t want to pay for content in exchange for skipping ads. -DAISY WHITNEY