Court will be in session for a 16th season on Twentieth Television’s Divorce Court. The syndicated daytime court show has been renewed through 2014-15, Twentieth TV announced today. The show is set to return on Fox stations, as well as Tribune, Sinclair, Meredith, and Scripps-Howard stations. Divorce Court, starring Lynn Toler, is the longest-running court show. It is produced by Monet Lane Prods. and distributed by Twentieth Television. Gail Steinberg serves as executive producer.
Twentieth TV-distributed syndie strip Dish Nation has been renewed for Season 3 on the Fox Television Stations. The announcement was made today by Paul Franklin, EVP & General Manager of Broadcast Sales, Twentieth TV. The half-hour entertainment news program features drive-time radio personalities from various markets riffing on what’s hot and happening that day in pop culture. According to Twentieth TV, Dish Nation ranks No. 1 with Adults 18-34 and Adults 18-49 among all freshmen and sophomore first-run syndicated programs. Additionally Dish Nation, the youngest skewing first-run program in all of syndication, has grown to 1.3 million viewers daily this season – an +8% increase over a year ago. Dish Nation is produced by Studio City and distributed by Twentieth Television. Matt Blanock and Michael Bachmann serve as Co-Executive Producers.
EXCLUSIVE: As Twentieth Television‘s Dish Nation gears up for its second season, the syndicated show’s creator/executive producer Stu Weiss, is leaving to return to Studio City, North America’s largest on-air marketing agency, which he co-founded in 1995 and serves as the Chief Creative Officer. Studio City has been the official marketing partner of the Olympic Games on NBC since 2010 and Weiss, who took a step back from his duties over the past year to focus on Dish Nation, will now oversee the on-air promotions campaign for the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics, as well as developing new original programming for the company.
In light of Weiss’ departure, his No.2s on Dish Nation, co-executive producers Michael Bachmann and Matt Blanock, will take oversight of the day to day operations on the half-hour entertainment program, which features drive-time radio personalities from various markets riffing on what’s hot and happening that day in pop culture. The radio shows whose teams are on Dish Nation include Rickey Smiley In The Morning (out of Atlanta), Kidd Kraddick In The Morning (Dallas), The Heidi & Frank Show (Los Angeles), and Brooke & Jubal In The Morning (Seattle). Kraddick died suddenly a couple of weeks ago, but the other four personalities from his show are returning to Dish Nation. Dish Nation is kicking off its second Season on September 9 after a successful first cycle. It is the youngest-skewing first-run program in all …
Twenty four years after its premiere, The Simpsons is finally going to get an off-network syndication sale on cable. Twentieth Television, the syndication arm of 20th Century Fox TV, is preparing to take out the monster property to cable networks. The plan, first reported by TVGuide, would allow the longest-running entertainment series currently on TV for the first time to air simultaneously in cable and broadcast syndication. When The Simpsons, a rare broadcast animated series, was sold in broadcast syndication in 1993 as cable TV was still in its infancy, the stations that bought it were in position to secure exclusivity while the show was on Fox’s air. Other series with similar deals are long gone, but The Simpsons has kept going, periodically raising the issue of lost revenue from a potential cable sale in a time where a combo broadcast and cable off-network sales is the norm. I hear Twentieth TV’s pacts with broadcast stations have been gradually tweaked over the years to allow the carving out of a cable window that will not impact the broadcast syndie run. A cable sale, which could fetch as much as $1 billion for the 530 episodes and counting, also won’t have an impact on Fox’s future plans for The Simpsons, which can continue on the network while airing in broadcast and cable off-network syndication. The plan to take The Simpsons out to cable networks comes on …
Here’s a first promo for Twentieth Television-produced Kris, a one-hour daily talker starring Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner. (Spoiler alert: She mentions her family in this!) It is getting a six-week summer trial run on several Fox-owned stations including Fox 11 in LA (at 3 PM) and Fox 5 in NY (11 AM) beginning July 15. The summer test has worked in the past: Telepictures’ Bethenny did the same thing last year, earning a nationwide launch for this fall, and the syndie producer is trying it again this summer with The Real featuring Tamera Mowry, Tamar Braxton, Adrienne Bailon, Jeannie Mai and Loni Love. Kris is being executive produced by Jenner and talk veteran Robert Lifton.
EXCLUSIVE: Adult Swim has closed a deal with Twentieth Television for exclusive off-network cable rights to 20th Century Fox TV’s animated comedy series Bob’s Burgers, now in its third season on Fox and renewed for a fourth. The deal includes Seasons 1-3 of Bob’s Burgers, which will begin airing on Adult Swim this summer. I hear the license fee is just shy of $500,000 an episode, in line with what TBS and Adult Swim paid for Twentieth TV’s animated comedy The Cleveland Show in 2010. In addition to Cleveland, Bob’s Burgers will join two other current/former Fox animated comedies on Adult Swim, Family Guy and King Of The Hill.
While not a breakout for Fox, Bob’s Burgers has been an OK ratings performer and quickly has achieved cult status. It also has been well received by critics and landed an Emmy nomination for best animated program last year. The timing of the show’s rollout on Adult Swim, ahead of the broadcast fall launch, could give it a boost on Fox as many series experience a ratings resurgence as a result of additional exposure on cable.
Twentieth Television today announced that Robert Lifton has been named executive producer of Kris. The new pop cuture-driven daytime talk show, hosted and executive produced by Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner, will premiere on Monday, July 15, launching a six-week trial summer run on several Fox-owned stations, including flagships Fox 5 in New York and Fox 11 in Los Angeles. Lifton has 20 years of producing experience though his is a syndicated talk show novice. Recently, he created and oversaw E!’s weekday program Daily 10. Previously, he executive produced Fox Sports Network’s Best Damn Sports Show Period. Additional credits include upcoming Bravo series Property Envy, Access Hollywood and ESPN SportsCenter.
Twentieth TV-disrtributed freshman syndie strip Dish Nation has been has been renewed on the Fox Television Stations as well as on Sinclair, Tribune, Cox, Meredith, Local TV and Lin stations. The announcement was made on Day 1 of this year’s NATPE confab. The half-hour entertainment news program features drive-time radio personalities from various markets riffing on what’s hot and happening that day in pop culture. According to Twentieth TV, in the most recent ratings period, Dish Nation tops all new first-run programs, including Steve Harvey and Katie, ranking No. 1 among adults 18-34 and is tied for No. 1 among adults 18-49. Additionally, Dish Nation, the youngest-skewing first-run syndication program, has grown to 1.3 million viewers in January — an +18% increase since its September premiere week. It is produced by Studio City. Dish Nation is the latest syndie freshman to be renewed for second season, joining NBCU’s Steve Harvey and Trisha Goddard.
EXCLUSIVE: Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner, the first lady of reality television, is eying a move into daytime. I’ve learned that Jenner is in talks with Twentieth Television to host a daytime talk show. Discussions are also underway for a test run of the show on the Fox TV Stations as early as this summer. There had been speculation that Jenner, who has built a TV empire with the Keeping Up With The Kardashians franchise, is looking to launch her own talk show. Last year, she served as a fill-in host on The Talk and the fourth hour of Today. Meanwhile, the six-week test run on the Fox stations has become increasingly popular as it has spawned two series to go to national syndication: Wendy Williams and Bethenny. “Everyone wants to do a test with the Fox TV stations,” a spokesperson for the stations said, declining further comment.
Stephen Brown was SVP Programming and Development and helped develop Twentieth Television‘s The Ricki Lake Show and Dish Nation, two shows set for fall launches. Now he has been promoted to EVP, where he will continue to oversee the company’s first-run programming and development slate. Based in Los Angeles, he continues to report to Twentieth president Greg Meidel. In his previous role, Brown oversaw the launch of the first-run game show Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? and production on Judge Alex and Divorce Court.
Jeez, will the proliferation of unnecessary talk shows never cease? Isn’t Ricki Lake so 1990s? (Her last talker debuted in syndication on September 13, 1993 and ended first-run episodes on May 25, 2004.) Isn’t she in the witness protection program? So I gotta ask, why????
NEW YORK — Twentieth Television announced today a development deal with Ricki Lake; for a possible fall 2012 launch of a new syndicated talk show. The deal will focus on developing an hour-long program, which would mark Ricki’s return to syndicated television. The program will be based in Los Angeles, CA and will present topical conversation reflecting Ricki’s own personal journey and recent life experiences. As her fans have grown up with Ricki, a combination of relevant themes personal to the host and her audience including family, marriage, parenting, divorce, weight loss and overall well-being are being explored for the program.
In October, Twentieth Television sold Modern Family to the Fox Stations, which will be the backbone of the show’s launch in broadcast syndication in fall 2013. Now Twentieth announced more deals for the show in a total of 33 markets, increasing its clearances to 50% of the country. The new clearances add a top 10 market station, Tribune’s WPHL-MNT in Philadelphia. As part of the deal with the Fox stations, the show is already set for other top 10 markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Washington DC and Houston. The new clearances include deals with Tribune, Cox, CBS, Hearst, Sinclair and Newport.
Fox TV Stations have inked a deal with corporate sibling Twentieth Television for the broadcast syndication rights to the Emmy-Award winning comedy Modern Family. The ABC comedy, produced by 20th TV, has been sold to the Fox TV stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Washington, D.C., Houston, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Orlando and Baltimore for a fall 2013 premiere. The deal comes on the heels of Fox TV stations shelling $500,000+ per-episode for The Big Bang Theory in May and renewing syndicated strip Dr. Oz in New York and Chicago, while losing it to KABC-TV in Los Angeles. It also follows the cable syndication sale of Modern Family this summer to USA for $1.4 per episode.