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One Fox affiliate, thus far, will avoid the controversy with tonight’s airing of Who’s Your Daddy, a reality show follows a game in which a woman tries to determine which among a group of older men is her biological father. Sounds tragic, tho Fox assures us it’s more heartfelt than heart string abusive. WRAZ in Raleigh-Durham decided it didn’t want to find out how its viewers feel about the show, and will preempt the 90m special with its own documentary called I Have Roots and Branches: Personal Reflections on Adoption.
History Channel is scheduled to announce a spinoff 24/7 network for next spring, called Military History Channel. A special preview for cable ops is scheduled for 8pm on Wednesday. The new channel is an expansion of History’s military block which it successfully launched last March. This is not to be confused with the renaming of Discovery Wings to Military Channel, a switch that happens next Monday.
By the way, Discovery’s Military Channel will kick off with the premiere of a new series called Delta Company. The series showcases the hardships faced on the front line by these soldiers when Mission Iraqi Freedom commenced around Baghdad at the beginning of the military occupation. It premieres Monday, January 10, at 9p.
BBC America will get a new series from UK’s BBC called The Kumars at No. 42. It showcases a real Indian/English family whose son Sanjeev hosts a talk show in the studio they’ve built in the backyard. He interviews two celebrity guests per week while interacting with probing family members. The show is described as “North London’s most famous – and exaggerated – Indian family.” The Kumars at No. 42 debuts on Wednesdays at 10p as of January 12, with the first of six eps.
MTV ordered up 6 episodes of My Super Sweet Sixteen – six teens are showed prepping for their elaborate “coming of age celebration” – premiering January 18 at 10:30p. Nina Diaz, Dave Sirulnick, and Lily Neumeyer will exec prod.
CBS will launch Wickedly Perfect (LMNO Prods) with host Joan Lunden on Thursday, Jan 6 at 8pm. The show features two teams of perfectionists competing to win the title of “the country’s new authority on at-home living.” Competitions range from bake-offs to floral arranging, culinary machismo to event planning. Judges include Chef Bobby Flay, David Evangelista and Candace Bushnell, who will oversee the eliminations.
Fox’s 24 is being grilled for a planned Jan. 9 episode in which a Muslim teen and family are part of a terrorist organization planning a massive attack on their American homeland. The Council on American-Islamic Relations plans on furthering their concerns to Fox for content portraying an American-Muslim family as conspirators in a train massacre.
Christmas Day and the Yule log still burns bright on WPIX. A tradition from 1966-1989, the log was brought back for your viewing pleasure in 2001. For people without a fireplace, the log burned for four hours Christmas day, playing holiday carols until 12 noon. New York’s WB locked down the top spot with an average of 275,000 viewers.
Weekend Box Office Estimates: December 31-January 2, 2005
Spike TV will launch a radio station with Viacom owned Infinity Broadcasting, Spike 1140 AM in Las Vegas. Spike TV is a division of MTV Networks and hopes to extend its radio influence to other major U.S. Cities.
Note to self: Science Channel probes Saturn’s moon Titan – cool stuff. Jan 13 at 8p.
First major rumor of the new year: Brad Grey to head Paramount pictures? Various reports have Grey deep in negotiations with Viacom, Paramount’s mother ship, to take over for studio head Sherry Lansing who announced last year she would exit the company when her contract runs out at the end of 2005. The deal could be signed sealed and delivered by weeks end. Grey, co-founder with Bernie Brillstein, of the successful talent management agency Brillstein-Grey, has served as executive producer of TV series including series The Sopranos, Dennis Miller’s-They Shoot HBO Specials, Don’t They?, Politically Incorrect, NewsRadio, The Larry Sanders Show, as well as movies including, Happy Gilmore and Scary Movie.
He seemed like a friend after a dozen years on NBC’s Law & Order. Jerry Orbach died of prostate cancer at the age of 69. Beyond his Law & Order days, Orbach was in the 1981 film Prince of the City, in a role that ultimately inspired his L&O Briscoe character. For those who don’t know Orbach’s talents beyond TV, he also was a standard song and dance man, appearing in a multitude of Broadway musicals including Chicago, 42nd Street, and winning a Tony for his role in Promises, Promises. He was also the voice of the enchanted candelabra, Lumiere in Disney’s animated hit Beauty and the Beast and co-starred with Jennifer Grey in Dirty Dancing. His surviving family members include sons Chris and Tony and wife Elaine Cancilla.
Goodman Media International, Inc.’s new Vice President is former Senior Counselor of Goodman Media since 2003, Bennett Kleinberg.
Thursday, December 30, 2004. Fast Affiliate Ratings for all Networks – time period averages. Source Nielsen Media Research. Time Period Averages Only. [p] = Premiere; [o] = Original; [r] = Repeat
CBS 9.3/16 Cold Case [r] 7.0/12, CSI [r] 11.5/19, Without a Trace [r] 9.5/15
ABC 5.0/9 Movie: My Best Friend’s Wedding 5.3/9, Primetime Live 4.4/8
NBC 4.5/8 Joey[r] 4.5/8, Joey[r] 4.2/7, Joey[r] 3.9/7, Will & Grace [r] 4.0/7, ER [r] 5.2/9
UPN 2.8/5 WWE Smackdown 2.8/5
FOX 2.5/4 The O.C. [r] 2.5/4, The O.C. [r] 2.5/4
WB 1.0/2 Movie: Heathers 1.0/2
A18-49 CBS 4.5/13, NBC 2.9/8, ABC 2.3/7, Fox 1.7/5, UPN 1.5/5, WB 0.6/2
Friday, December 31, 2004. Fast Affiliate Ratings for all Networks – time period averages. Source Nielsen Media Research. Time Period Averages Only. [p] = Premiere; [o] = Original; [r] = Repeat
NBC 4.3/9 Dateline (2 hrs) 5.0/10, New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly 2.8/6
CBS 4.0/8 Joan [r] 3.0/6, JAG [r] 3.6/7, Without a Trace [r] 5.4/12
ABC 3.9/8 8 Simple Rules [r] 4.0/8, Savages [r] 3.2/7, Hope & Faith [r] 3.3/7, Less than Perfect [r] 3.1/6, Dick Clark’s Rockin New Year’s Eve 4.7/10
FOX 2.6/5 Movie: Bait 2.6/5
UPN 1.4/3 Movie: The Best Man [r] 1.4/3
WB 1.3/3 What I Like About You [r]1.3/3, Grounded for Life [r] 1.1/2, Reba [r] 1.5/3, Blue Collar TV [r] 1.3/3
A18-49 ABC 1.9/7, NBC 1.8/7, Fox 1.7/6, CBS 1.5/6, WB and UPN 0.8/3
Saturday, January 1, 2005. Fast Affiliate Ratings for all Networks – time period averages. Source Nielsen Media Research. Time Period Averages Only. [p] = Premiere; [o] = Original; [r] = Repeat
ABC 8.9/15 Rose Bowl (30m) 12.3/21, Tostitos Fiesta Bowl 7.3/12
NBC 6.4/11 L&O [r] 5.8/10, L&O CI [r] 6.8/12, L&O: SVU [r] 6.4/11
CBS 4.4/8 Andy Griffith Show Reunion [r] 4.1/7, Navy NCIS [r] 4.8/8, 48 Hours 4.4/8
FOX 4.0/7 Cops [r] 4.0/7, Cops [r]3.6/6, AMW 4.0/7
A18-49 ABC 4.7/13, NBC 2.9/8, Fox 2.7/7, CBS 1.7/5
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