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Giveaway Alert! Win 'Ugly Betty' Gift Bag and DVD

by Kelly Woo, posted Mar 2nd 2011 11:06AM
Ugly Betty'Ugly Betty' ended its four-season run last April, but we're already missing the adventures of the bespectacled Betty Suarez and her Mode magazine co-workers Daniel, Marc, Amanda and the sharp-tongued Wilhemina Slater.

Luckily, the show is now airing in syndication, so we can relive all the fashion disasters, quips, backstabbing and social climbing. Just go to watchbetty.com to find out when and where it's playing in your local TV area.

TV Squad is giving one fan a chance to win a prize pack including a DVD and a gift bag containing an 'Ugly Betty' cosmetics bag, compact and lipstick pen.

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Full Hearts, Full Episodes? 'Friday Night Lights' Kicks Off ABC Family Run Tuesday

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 6th 2010 2:00PM
If you've heard how great 'Friday Night Lights' is but never got around to watching this extraordinary drama, soon you can easily get caught up.

Starting Tuesday, ABC Family will show 'Friday Night Lights' every weeknight at 6PM ET. The network will air every episode of the drama, in order.

However 'Friday Night Lights' has an unusual history, and some episodes are longer than the normal hourlong-drama running time of 42 to 44 minutes. So which version of the show would ABC Family use, and were there any additional cuts for content?

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Turner Picks Up Syndication Rights to 'The Cleveland Show'

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 7th 2010 11:20AM
Turner picks up syndication rights for 'The Cleveland Show'The good fortune continues for 'The Cleveland Show' as Turner has picked up the Fox animated sitcom's syndication rights, according to Variety. Starting in 2013, TBS and Adult Swim will begin airing episodes of the show, as they have done with another Seth MacFarlane production, 'The Family Guy.'

'The Cleveland Show' is a spinoff of 'The Family Guy,' relocating the Cleveland Brown character to Virginia, where he starts a new life.

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'Glee,' 'Modern Family' Finalizing Syndication Deals

by Mike Moody, posted Jun 29th 2010 9:40AM
glee syndication foxGet ready for more 'Glee' and 'Modern Family,' as the freshman comedies are about to join the ranks of 'Two and a Half Men' and 'The Big Bang Theory' with lucrative cable syndication deals.

Producer 20th Century Fox TV is finalizing separate deals for the cable rights to both shows with Oxygen and the USA Network, reports Deadline.

Oxygen is reportedly paying six figures an episode to land Fox's 'Glee,' plus the rights to air the planned reality series that will feature performers competing for a spot on the show's upcoming second season. (Yep, that's still happening!). Word is that Oxygen will take over the reality project from Fox and 'Glee' creator Ryan Murphy, who want to focus on developing the show's second season.

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'Legend of the Seeker' Canceled

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 26th 2010 2:45PM
legend of the seekerSorry, 'Legend of the Seeker' fans. The syndicated fantasy show couldn't cast a spell over enough viewers to earn a third season, as the Ausiello Files is reporting that Sam Raimi's swashbuckling series has been canceled.

'Seeker' was having a tough time pulling in decent numbers for local stations associated with its distributor, Tribune Stations Group. Apparently, not even a steamy girl-on-girl kiss between 'Buffy' alum Charisma Carpenter and hottie Tabrett Bethell could generate enough interest to keep the show alive. A number of Tribune stations dropped 'Seeker' last month, and the networks have shown no interest in picking it up, leading to its cancellation.

Now is not a great time for action-oriented cult TV shows. With 'Seeker' on the chopping block and last year's cancellation of 'Stargate Atlantis,' it seems like the tube is being scrubbed clean of light, fun, geek-friendly series. It's definitely not the '90s anymore, when shows like Raimi and Robert Tapert's 'Hercules' and 'Xena' could go for six seasons. Let's hope one of the better action-packed shows to debut this year, Fox's 'Human Target,' can beat the current trend.

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Would You Watch Conan's Show at 7PM?

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 18th 2010 11:33AM
ConanAll this talk about Conan O'Brien signing a deal with FOX has overshadowed another possibility for Coco: the coveted... 7PM slot?

TheWrap.com is reporting that Conan has actually been approached by two companies about having a syndicated show earlier in the evening. Debmar Mercury (the Tyler Perry sitcoms) and CBS Television Distribution. While it seems that a late night show on FOX would be the more probable scenario, this at least makes things a little more interesting. Could be an interesting alternative to sitcom reruns and 'Inside Edition.'

When Would You Like To See Conan's Show?
Late night686 (64.8%)
Early evening, around 7pm232 (21.9%)
Neither. I watch other late night shows. Besides, I'm not giving up Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy.140 (13.2%)

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Oprah Winfrey Setting Up 'The Nate Berkus Show'

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 2nd 2010 4:00PM
Nate BerkusOprah Winfrey may be leaving syndication for her own cable network, but that doesn't mean her empire won't continue. Hot on the heels of the successful launch of 'The Dr. Oz Show,' another frequent guest of 'The Oprah Winfrey Show', Nate Berkus is getting his own show. 'The Nate Berkus Show' will spotlight interior design advice for guests, as well as general lifestyle tips and personal style.

Berkus has appeared on Winfrey's show many times over the years, and even served as host for her one-season prime time venture, 'Oprah's Big Give.' He's already a bestselling author, radio host, and has his own home line on Home Shopping Network, and at Linens 'n Things.

I guess with Martha Stewart leaving syndication as well, Oprah saw an opening for home decoration and interior design. She'd already taken a bite out of the cooking genre with Rachael Ray. The question is: what's left for Oprah to conquer? Is it time to horn in on the sleazy talk shows like Jerry Springer and Maury Povich? Does she have a judge she can trot out?

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Can Nancy Grace Save Syndication?

by Scott Harris, posted Jan 26th 2010 3:45PM
Nancy GraceWhen television icon and syndication star Oprah Winfrey announced last year that she would be ending her award-winning 'Oprah Winfrey' series in order to focus on her new cable network, fans around the country mourned the loss of the show. But will her departure also signal an end for syndication in general?

That's the big question facing financially strapped affiliates this year as they struggle to fill the programming gap that looms with Winfrey's imminent departure. As revenues fall and syndication costs rise, though, Winfrey's distributor, CBS, is turning to an unlikely source for salvation: Nancy Grace.

According to the NY Times, Grace, a former prosecutor who has become a lightning rod for controversy on her nightly HLN showcase 'Nancy Grace,' will be headlining the new daytime courtroom series 'Swift Justice.' And in order to help position the series as a successor to Winfrey, CBS has taken the unusual step of negotiating unique bartering deals with individual affiliates to secure air time.

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The Bonnie Hunt Show is coming to an end

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 8th 2009 11:02AM
bonnie_hunt_show_WBAfter a two year stint in syndication, The Bonnie Hunt Show is coming to an end. In a syndicated world where the gossip-mongering of TMZ, The Insider and Extra thrive, a sweet talk show like Bonnie's just didn't cut the mustard. Apparently, there's only room for one show like that and it's called The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Warner Brothers, which syndicates The Bonnie Hunt Show, announced its decision to take it off the air at the end of this season. Bonnie addressed her staff immediately. I'm sure Bonnie Hunt's agent is busy lining up new projects for her. She's too funny, too talented and too good to be out of work for long. I hope the employees on her show do as well.

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What would you do if you were Oprah?

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 15th 2009 3:07PM
oprah_winfrey_headThere's a lot of speculation in the biz about what will Oprah do next. The daytime talk show giant supposedly made up her mind recently and decided that her syndicated show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, would end its run in syndication and move to OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network (formerly Discovery Health). An official announcement is anticipated before the end of the year, but is that really was Oprah has decided? Nobody knows for certain.

There are pros and cons on either side. The companies that syndicated her talk show stand to lose a significant asset if she wraps up the current incarnation and abandons the market. Think of all those afternoon hours around that country that count on Oprah at three or four o'clock, or the morning slots where Oprah leads in to noon newscasts. Companies like CBS Distribution and the Tribune Company have feasted on the robust ratings Oprah has consistently delivered.

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TNT snags The Mentalist ... in syndication

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 6th 2009 10:05AM
Jane_Lisbon_the_MentalistDid the USA Network decide not to buy the Simon Baker series The Mentalist for syndication because it would conflict with their own psychic detective show Psych?

You have to wonder, because The Mentalist has been snatched up by TNT in a lush syndication deal. How lush? About $2 million per episode, a broadcast series record. (The overall record is HBO's The Sopranos going to A&E for $2.5 per episode.)

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Is Oprah ending her syndicated show for her OWN show?

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 6th 2009 9:29AM
Oprah_Winfrey_smilingYesterday there was a story on Deadline Hollywood that Oprah Winfrey would be ending her syndicated talk show in 2011 in order to move over to her OWN cable network. She'd still have a talk show, one based on Los Angeles, but it would not be syndicated. It would be on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), formerly Discovery Health.

Well, after the news was reported all over the place, Oprah's company Harpo, Inc. issued a statement that there would be no announcement until the end of the year. They didn't deny it; they just said the announcement about the switch would be later in the year.

To the average fan, if Oprah stopped her syndicated show, it probably wouldn't matter too much. Most people have basic cable and OWN would probably be a major addition to most cable systems, as well as DirecTV and Dish. Longtime fans would be able to watch Oprah on cable or satellite. No biggie.

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Will Oprah Winfrey Move to Cable?

by Gary Susman, posted Nov 5th 2009 2:45PM
Oprah WinfreyIs 'Oprah' going off the air? The end may be nigh for the 25-year daytime TV mainstay if a report at Deadline Hollywood Daily is accurate.

DHD's Nikki Finke cites unnamed insiders as telling her that Oprah Winfrey is about to announce that she's winding down her free broadcast TV show and moving the operation to pay cable. According to Finke's sources, Winfrey's being pressured to end her current show when her contract is up in 2011 (the year that the show will reach the quarter-century mark).

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Comedy Central Picks Up 'Goode Family,' 'Sit Down, Shut Up' Repeats

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 28th 2009 3:30PM
The Goode FamilyComedy Central is looking to continue their expansion into the world of animation. With new episodes of 'Futurama' heading to the network in 2010 after Fox initially canceled the series back in 2003, fans of 'The Goode Family' and 'Sit Down, Shut Up' may have reason for hope.

Despite being canceled by ABC and Fox respectively, Variety reports that Comedy Central has picked up repeat rights for 'Goode' and is negotiating to add 'Sit Down' to their schedule as well.

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Alive: Post-apocalyptic zombie series that wasn't (Not yet anyway)

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Aug 13th 2009 1:02PM
Alive was going to be TV's first zombie horror show.AMC is bringing a serous, post-apocalyptic zombie suspense series to television, but it's not the first time that idea got kicked around.

As we reported, The Walking Dead is on its way to TV, with Frank Darabont writing and directing to get the series off to a good start.

But, two years earlier, a team of writer/producers planned Alive, a syndicated series featuring a small pocket of human survivors fighting to find a cure for a global viral pandemic that transformed humans into zombies.

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