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UPDATE: ‘Marie’ To Depart Hallmark Channel, Eyes Fall 2014 Syndication Launch

UPDATE, 4:15 PM: Hallmark Channel has released a statement confirming that it isn’t picking up a second season of Marie, saying the network is focusing on “quintessential lifestyle service shows that inform and entertain our viewers with how to, tips and ideas for living their best lives” during daytime rather than the syndie talk shows Marie currently competes with. The statement follows the original break.

PREVIOUS EXCLUSIVE, 3:11 PM: Marie Osmond’s daily talk show will not return to Hallmark Channel for a second season. Instead, we’ve learned that Associated Television International, the company behind Marie, will be taking it out for a syndication launch in fall 2014. We hear talks with station groups are already underway, and that the plan had always been to make the show available to other outlets as part of a broader multi-platform strategy. Marie, which marked Osmond’s return to daytime television, premiered on Hallmark last fall when it replaced The Martha Stewart Show. Osmond recently has drawn attention for her stint as guest host on CBS’ The Talk.

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Daytime Emmy Awards Producer Departs

By | Thursday February 16, 2012 @ 2:17pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

The Daytime Emmy Awards are in the market for both a network and a producer as Associated Television International, which produced the awards telecast the last 3 years, won’t return. The company’s Jim Romanovich made the announcement today in a lengthy and somewhat controversial statement on Twitter that had not been authorized by ATI and took his bosses by surprise. He stressed multiple times that he and his colleagues are soap fans, a genre that is rapidly vanishing from daytime and the Daytime Emmy Awards. He acknowledged that producing the Daytime Emmy Awards was “quite challenging” and “never a money making project for us.” The Daytime Emmys got in trouble when ABC and CBS didn’t renew their deals to alternate carrying the Daytime Emmys past 2008. ATI stepped in as a producer and made a deal with the CW where the awards show drew a very small audience. For the past 2 years, it aired on CBS in a time buy-type deals. In his post today, Romanovich said that “CBS did want it again as well as two cable networks for second run.” His statement then took a bizarre “what could’ve been” turn. “Creatively this year, we were planning to do a more intimate Golden Globes style production to include a tribute to One Life To Live that really was going to be a souvenir to the daytime fans.” He blamed the decision to pull out on shows the company is working on, including “two very big series for two different networks which will be announced in the next two weeks.” Here is the post:

Regretfully, we have today officially passed on doing The Daytime Emmys for television this year. As fans of the soaps in particular, as well as being daytime producers ourselves, we have immensely enjoyed being a part of your celebration these past three years. In 2009, there was not going to be a Daytime Emmys for television, as you know. It was over. we felt it was important for it to continue on television for as long as possible to give actors, producers, writers and so forth the night of recognition they so deserve. It wasn’t always easy. In fact, it was quite challenging on many levels. Although it was never a money making project for us, it was prestigious, first and foremost, plus we wanted to do something important for the daytime community.

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BIO Greenlights Bristol Palin Reality Series

Nellie Andreeva

Bristol Palin had been heavily courted for her own reality series following her highly rated run on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. Now she has settled on her follow-up to Dancing, a docu-series for BIO Channel, which reunites her with her Dancing co-star, actor Kyle Massey. BIO has ordered 10 half-hour episodes of the untitled series, which also will feature Massey’s brother, actor Christopher Massey. It follows single mom Bristol Palin’s move from Alaska to Los Angeles with her son, Tripp, to work at a small charity in need while living with her good friends Chris and Kyle Massey. The series, produced by Associated Television International, is slated to air late this year. “Bristol is the kind of personality BIO is drawn to,” said David McKillop, EVP Programming, A&E Network and BIO Channel. “Her personal life has been playing out in the media for several years,   but this will be the first time she’s opening up her real life, with her son and her friends the Massey brothers.“ While on Dancing, Bristol became very close with fellow contestant Kyle Massey and, since the show, she has become best friends with him and his brother Chris. ATI’s David McKenzie and Jim Romanovich serve as executive producers alongside McKillop, Tom Moody and Andy Berg. Palin follows in the footsteps of mom … Read More »

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CBS To Air The Daytime Emmy Awards

By | Monday March 21, 2011 @ 11:16am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: For a second consecutive year, CBS will carry the Daytime Emmy Awards. The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will air live on the network on June 19 from the Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas, which also hosted the show last year. Also back is Associated Television International, which will be producing the telecast for a third consecutive year, with ATI president David McKenzie executive producing. “NATAS is once again delighted to work with CBS and ATI on the broadcast of the Daytime Emmy Awards,” said Darryl Cohen, chairman of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

After airing on the CW in 2009, the Daytime Emmys returned to the Big 3 nets last year with a deal at CBS, which had previously alternated with ABC in carrying the awards show. Once again, CBS will air both the Daytime Emmys and the Tony Awards in June. Meanwhile, the primetime branch of the TV Academy, ATAS, is close to signing another 8-year “wheel” deal with ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox.

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