“In what they’re calling an unprecedented deal, Fox Television Stations and Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution have signed a multiyear deal renewing daily syndicated series ‘Extra,’ ‘TMZ,’ ‘TMZ Live’ and ‘The Real,’ which will be reformatted to eliminate end breaks to allow for seamless viewing,” TVNewsCheck reports.
Jack Abernethy, CEO of the Fox Television Stations, said in making the announcement: “Seamless transitions between programs are long overdue in local television. We are proud to be partnering with Warner Bros. on such an industry game-changer. These programs are an important part of our lineup and we are happy that they will be back for multiple years with this new formatting.”
TVNewsCheck notes that “Extra,” which is in its 26th season of entertainment news, moved to Fox for the first time this fall from the NBC-owned stations. It has a new anchor and managing editor in Billy Bush, along with a new format, and has received a three-year renewal that will extend the series through the 2022-23 season.
“Longtime Fox Television franchise ‘TMZ’ (now in its 12th season) and ‘TMZ Live’ (now in its seventh season) continue to play across multiple dayparts, attracting a young demographic,” TVNewsCheck adds, noting that those two shows have also been given three-year renewals, while “The Real,” in its sixth season, has received a two-year renewal through the 2021-22 season.