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TVNewswire: Thursday, March 6

Mar 6, 2008  •  Post A Comment

NBC, DirecTV Ensure ‘Friday Night Lights’ Stay Lit (DeadlineHollywoodDaily)
NBC struck a deal with DirecTV to air a third season of “Friday Night Lights,” Web site DeadlineHollywoodDaily.com reports. DirecTV, which picked up the former NBC soap “Passions,” will share costs of the low-rated but critically acclaimed show, while cooperating on air times, the Web site says, citing an industry executive it didn’t identify.
Forecast Calls for Weather Channel Bids (New York Times)
As Friday’s deadline approaches for bids on the Weather Channel, people involved in the talks say a long list of media companies and private equity firms have expressed interest, the New York Times reports. Landmark Communications put the cable channel and its weather.com Web site up for sale and the price could be in the $4 billion to $5 billion range.
Two-Hour ‘24’Prequel to Bridge Gap (Hollywood Reporter)
Fox will air a two-hour “24” episode this fall as a prequel to the start of the show’s seventh season next January, the Hollywood Reporter says. The prequel will catch viewers up to the new season, which will air after a two-year gap that was created when the Writers Guild of America strike forced the suspension of the 2008 season, the newspaper reports.
CBS May Be Sued by ‘Kid Nation’ Participant (DeadlineHollywoodDaily)
CBS may be sued by at least one child participant in reality show “Kid Nation,” Web site DeadlineHollywoodDaily reports, citing an industry executive it didn’t identify. The potential plaintiff may seek close to $10 million, whereas CBS is willing to put up $50,000, the Web site says.
DGA Ratifies Agreement With Big 3
The Directors Guild of America ratified an agreement with ABC, CBS and NBC that covers members in sports, news and operations. The three-year agreement, which includes annual wage boosts, goes into effect in July, DGA said Wednesday.
FCC’s Martin Fouls Plan to Reappoint Colleagues (Multichannel News)
A plan by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to give new terms to incumbent Federal Communications Commission members was quashed when FCC Chairman Kevin Martin refused to agree to a specific resignation date, Multichannel News reports, citing people it didn’t identify.
NFL May Throw Flag at Cable Operators (Multichannel News)
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league may file an FCC complaint in an effort to force Time Warner Cable to carry the NFL Network and get Comcast to put the network on a more popular subscription tier, Multichannel News reports. At Congressional hearings, Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt denied that cable operators were discriminating against the NFL while ESPN President George Bodenheimer said Congress shouldn’t customize regulations for the NFL.
Hanks Says Adams Saga Had to Go Distance (Daily Variety)
Executive Producer Tom Hanks said an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize winning book on John Adams needed to be in the form of a miniseries because a two-hour film wouldn’t have done the story of the former U.S. president justice, according to Daily Variety. The 8½-hour miniseries on HBO stars Paul Giamatti as Adams and Laura Linney as wife Abigail.
Fox’s Bartlett May Join U.K.’s ITV While Kurgan Returns (Daily Variety)
Fox head of business affairs Lee Bartlett is likely to join United Kingdom network ITV as its chief operating officer of global content, Daily Variety reports. ITV Global Content Director Dawn Airey declined to confirm the hiring, saying only that there will be an announcement next week, the newspaper says. Ira Kurgan, who was replaced by Mr. Bartlett after being named Yahoo Media Group’s chief business officer, may in turn replace Mr. Bartlett, the newspaper says.
Paley Center to Host Silverman, Carlin, ‘Sunny’ Cast
The Paley Center for Media’s Los Angeles branch will host a comedy series this year that will feature “The Sarah Silverman Program,” George Carlin and the cast of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” Ms Silverman and her cast members will appear in April, Mr. Carlin in May and the “Sunny” cast in June, the Paley Center says.
National Geographic Channel Adding Programming (Hollywood Reporter)
The National Geographic Channel will boost programming by 20 hours to 356 hours during the 2008-09 season, marking the most annual content in the network’s history, the Hollywood Reporter says. New episodes will feature a preserved woolly mammoth and a view of King Herod’s tomb, the newspaper reports.
— Danny King
(Editors: Lafayette, Baumann)

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