NATPE: Checking in on the Conference

With the economy struggling, attendance was down and activity was sorely limited at the annual National Association of Television Program Executives conference in Las Vegas. And rumors, once again, are running rampant about NATPE coming to an eventual conclusion. Regardless, here are some observations worth noting from a very lackluster event:

Wendy Williams

I sat down with the lively D.J. to interview her for an upcoming Mr. Television column.  And what I liked about Wendy is her nontraditional presence. She is who she is, and that’s commanding, outspoken and very funny. Overall, I think viewers will agree.  

Dr. Mehmet Oz

Yes, I would have liked to give you my take on the new talk show with the greatest chance to succeed. But Sony Pictures Television no longer participates in NATPE. And the distributor refused to talk to the press about Dr. Mehmet Oz for the conference. All in all, not a good move by any means.

Street Court

Litton Entertainment’s upcoming Street Court has been announced as a firm “go” for fall 2009, with clearances to-date in approximately 65 percent of the country. New confirmations include the Tribune stations in Philadelphia, San Diego and Grand Rapids, Mich.; the Sinclair stations in Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Birmingham, Ala. and Las Vegas; Local TV in Cleveland and Milwaukee, Wisc.; and Capitol in Charlotte and Raleigh, N.C. With four current court strips not expected back next season — Sony Pictures Television’s Judge David Young, Judge Karen and Judge Hatchett (which currently airs in repeats) and Family Court with Judge Penny from Program Partners — there is plenty more room to add to.

It’s the Story of Five Kids Named Brady

Want to have a good laugh? Five of the six Brady kids (troubled Jan excluded…Eve Plumb refuses to be associated with her classic role), were apparently out pitching a proposed talk show. But, no, there was no interest. You’re not too surprised, are you?