or


[09/14/04 - 12:00 AM]
Various Issues Holding Up New Seasons of FOX's 'Tru Calling,' USA's 'The 4,400'
By Brian Ford Sullivan (TFC)

LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- Sometime during 2005 both FOX's "Tru Calling" and USA's "The 4,400" are expected to return for second seasons. The paths both series are facing to get there however are widely different.

"The 4,400's" first season averaged nearly 6 million viewers for USA, breaking all sorts of records for the cable channel and basic cable itself, making a second season a near guarantee. Producer Paramount Network Television and USA network owner NBC Universal however are haggling over several key issues in regards to the show's return. NBC Universal reportedly wants to include the right to repurpose the series on any of its networks (most likely NBC itself) for a nominal fee as part of a second season renewal.

Paramount, which is now under the watch of Viacom Co-COO Les Moonves (whose domain includes CBS and UPN), is scoffing at the idea as undoubtedly they don't want to give NBC the option of plugging "The 4,400" in its lineup against CBS should any of the Peacock's series falter.

NBC Universal nevertheless says said exposure would no doubt benefit "The 4,400's" numbers (a la the Peacock's repurposing of Bravo's "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy") and points to the show's original success being partly due to the sci-fi drama's cross-platform promotion across all of the company's properties (including ads on NBC). The newfound strategy is being applied across the board as virtually all of the license fees for its new cable properties now include the provision to repurpose on other channels under its corporate umbrella. Viacom in any case points to the fact that "The 4,400's" deal with USA was signed well before the Peacock's merger with the channel's owner and should be treated as such.

Making things even more complicated for Paramount is that producers didn't have an option for the cast beyond its original six-hours, forcing production costs to rise past $1.5 million per episode as all involved demanded raises to return.

In any case, should a deal not be worked out between Paramount and NBC Universal, USA has the option to shop the series elsewhere, including NBCU's own NBC Universal Television Studios. Producers are hoping some sort of deal will be hammered out in time for production on 13 new episodes of "The 4,400" to begin in February for a summer 2005 premiere on USA.

Meanwhile as for "Tru Calling," the decision by FOX yesterday to postpone the show's second season launch on November 4 has exposed some serious issues about the series' future. Originally given a 13-episode order for its second season, industry insiders say the network may halt production once work completes on its sixth episode. The reason however isn't a creative one (FOX reportedly likes the direction the show is taking for its new season), but rather like most TV-related decisions, an economic one.

With a hefty midseason roster that includes over a dozen series - such as dramas "Athens," "The Inside," "Point Pleasant," "Jonny Zero" and season four of "24"; comedies "American Dad," "Related by Family" and "The Sketch Show"; new reality projects "Hell's Kitchen" and "Nanny 911" not to mention fresh seasons of "American Idol" and "The Simple Life" - the network is undoubtedly looking to cut back on some of its commitments. And with "Tru" being at best a modest success for FOX, the odds are much higher for one of its new dramatic entries to succeed than to go to bat again with the middling "Tru."

No formal decision has been made about rolling back the show's 13-episode order nor has producer 20th Century Fox Television or Original Television commented on the possibility. The pair are also behind "Point Pleasant" on the network.





  [september 2004]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
   


· 24 (FOX)
· 4400, THE (USA)
· ATHENS (FOX)
· INSIDE, THE (FOX)
· JONNY ZERO (FOX)
· POINT PLEASANT (FOX)
· QUEER EYE (NETFLIX)
· TRU CALLING (FOX)





[08/19/19 - 02:16 PM]
Paramount Network's "I Am Patrick Swayze" Delivers 2 Million Total Viewers on August 18
Paramount Network spins the numbers for Sunday, August 18.

[08/19/19 - 01:25 PM]
Hip Hop Royalty Spills the Tea in WE tv's Tell-All Series "Untold Stories of Hip Hop" Hosted by Angie Martinez
Cardi B, Snoop Dogg, Queen Latifah, Ice Cube, Nelly, A$AP Rocky, DJ Khaled, Wyclef Jean, Ja Rule, Fat Joe and more are featured in the series.

[08/19/19 - 11:59 AM]
HBO Max Lands Original Soderbergh Film "Let Them All Talk" (WT)
Meryl Streep, Candice Bergen, Dianne Wiest, Lucas Hedges and Gemma Chan star in the film.

[08/19/19 - 11:07 AM]
"Yellowstone" Tops TV on August 14 Among Key P18-49 and P25-54 Demos
Paramount Network further spins the numbers for Wednesday, August 14.

[08/19/19 - 10:33 AM]
Dan Stevens Joins Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams and Pierce Brosnan in "Eurovision"
Stevens will star as Alexander Lemtov, a Russian contestant in the Eurovision song contest.

[08/19/19 - 10:03 AM]
Video: "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" Season 3 Teaser Available Now
Look for the show's third season Friday, December 6 on Amazon Prime Video.

[08/19/19 - 10:00 AM]
"In the Shadow of the Towers: Stuyvesant High on 9/11," Documentary Exploring September 11th Through the Eyes and Lives of Stuyvesant High School Students Debuts Sept. 11, Exclusively on HBO
The film revisits the events of 9/11 through conversations with eight Stuyvesant alumni who, as teenagers, lived through the attack and whose lives were forever changed by it.

[08/19/19 - 10:00 AM]
Newcomer Izabela Rose Leads Ensemble Cast for New Disney Channel Original Movie "Upside-Down Magic"
Production begins today and the movie is slated to air next summer.

[08/19/19 - 09:51 AM]
VH1 Greenlights New Seasons of "RuPaul's Drag Race" and "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars"
"RuPaul's Drag Race" has been greenlit for a twelfth season, welcoming a fresh faced batch of fabulous drag queens eager to prove to the world that they have what it takes to become "America's Next Drag Superstar."

[08/19/19 - 09:30 AM]
CBS Announces Contract Extension with James Corden - Acclaimed Host of "Late Late Show" Signed Through 2022
"James Corden has burned his way to the top of American television with a daring, energetic and inventive broadcast that stands out in the late night space," said David Nevins.

[08/19/19 - 09:01 AM]
The 2019 Black Girls Rock!(R) Awards Return to New Jersey Performing Arts Center on Sunday, August 25 Hosted by Emmy-Nominated Actress Niecy Nash
The broadcast will premiere on Sunday, September 8 at 8:00/7:00c on BET.

[08/19/19 - 09:00 AM]
Netflix Teams with Master Organizers Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin for a New Unscripted Series
The series follows master organizers Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin as they dramatically transform the lives of their clients by conquering clutter with their signature style.

[08/19/19 - 08:50 AM]
Tamron Hall Returns to Investigation Discovery for All-New Season of "Deadline: Crime"
Look for the first of eight new episodes on Sunday, September 8 at 10:00/9:00c.

[08/19/19 - 08:35 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: NFL Preseason Pushes FOX in Front
The network wins the night among adults 18-49 while CBS is the most-watched broadcaster.

[08/19/19 - 08:08 AM]
Production Begins on Third Season of Emmy(R)-Nominated "Killing Eve" After a Record-Breaking Season Two
Dame Harriet Walter and Danny Sapani have both joined the cast of the new season.