Off-net syndies steal TV mart action

Jan. 20, 2004 at 4:12 PM
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LAS VEGAS, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Jerry Seinfeld, Jerry Springer and "Everybody Loves Raymond" executive producer Phil Rosenthal shone Tuesday at the industry meeting in Las Vegas.

Daily Variety reports these syndicated show stalwarts, whose series have already run in one or two syndication cycles, were the top draws at the National Association Of Television Program Executives convention graced by minor celebrities like Kato Kaelin.

Some 10,000 executives attended the mart, which one veteran observed had had "the hoopla" taken out of it "almost entirely. There's simply too much money at stake for the big guys not to be entirely focused on the business at hand."

There was speculation the Tribune stations have dropped "Sharon Osbourne" with Warners scrambling for a replacement. King World's CBS-owned stations were allegedly seeking to replace poorly performing "Living It Up With Ali and Jack."

Firm for the fall are NBC's "Jane Pauley," Paramount's "The Insider," Disney's "Tony Danza," Universal's "Home Delivery" and 20th Century Fox's "Ambush Makeover."

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