New First-Run Offerings at NATPE


Monday, January 24, 2011



NATPE 2011:

A New Year, A New Location

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NATPE 2011:

A New Year, A New Location


The annual National Association of Television Program Executives Conference (a.k.a. NATPE) is here and in a new location: sunny Miami, Florida at the famed Fontainebleau Resort. Yes, I know, NATPE is not just about syndicated programming anymore. But to whet your appetite for the potential new first-run programming entries being pitched, here is a listing of the contenders. The “A” list option, no doubt, is Anderson from Warner Bros., hosted by Anderson Cooper, and you can click here to read Mr. TV’s Q&A with him. 

Anderson (Warner Bros.) – one hour

Clearances to-date in 87 percent of the country (including the soon-to-be former Oprah time periods in Washington, D.C., San Diego, Lexington, Knoxville and Bakersfield).

The Bill Cunningham Show (Tribune) – one hour

Planned full blown launch after one week test last summer on the Tribune Stations.

Jeremy Kyle (Debmar-Mercury) – one hour

Clearances at approximately 70 percent to-date for the confrontational British talk show host.

Lisa Oz (Sony Pictures Television): one hour

Focuses on relationship issues. No announced clearances.


Debmar-Mercury is expected to air a fall 2011 test for a potential one-hour talk show called Chefs, featuring a panel of four top chefs talking about food-related topics.


Last Shot with Judge Gunn (Trifecta Entertainment) – half-hour

The focus is on drug offenders in a real courtroom; no announced clearances.

Excused (CBS Television Distribution) – half-hour

Late night driven; clearances to-date in approximately 50 percent of the country.

Geek Meets Girl (Trifecta Entertainment): half-hour

From Ashton Kutcher, creator of the similar appeal Beauty & the Geek. No announced clearances. 


Who Wants to Date a Comedian? (Entertainment Studios) – half-hour

Contestants vie for the attention and affection of various stand-up comedians. Already scheduled on Comedy Central.


Hollywood’s 10 Best (Telco Productions) – half-hour

Daily series counting down Tinsel Town’s most memorable movie moments. No announced clearances.

The Lawyers (CBS Television Distribution): one hour

From The Doctors creator Jay McGraw, and pitched last year as well. No announced clearances.

Style by Jury (Telco Productions):  half-hour

The focus is on making the best first impression. No announced clearances.


Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers, a daily half-hour with Dr. Drew Pinsky focused on helping people resolve personal issues was pitched for syndication. But it will be double-run in a one-hour afternoon block from Telepictures in place of The Tyra Banks Show


The Electric Playground (PPI Releasing) – one hour

The Canadian entertainment newsmagazine and gadget-review show is upgraded from a series of quarterly specials to a weekly (with a planned stripped version in fall 2012).

Pt. Dume (Twentieth Television) – one hour

A Baywatch-like action-adventure, which focuses on three heroes (one lifeguard, one firefighter and a U.S. Coastguard pilot) who work closely with troubled teenagers.  


Other names pitched for projects which are not apparently moving forward include talk shows hosted by Jenny McCarthy, Bubba the Love Sponge, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition host Ty Pennington and CBS News anchor Katie Couric. Also presented, but to no avail, was gavel-themed Psychic Court; and a proposed hour from Warner Bros. hosted by Steve Ward from Master Matchmakers called Tough Love. The Fran Drescher Show from Debmar-Mercury, meanwhile, is not expected move forward after the recent low-rated test.


Prime-Time Ratings:

Friday and Saturday Results

Friday 1/21/10

Note: The following results are based on the fast affiliate ratings (Live Plus Same Day data).