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[05/17/07 - 10:40 PM]
The Futon's Upfront Notes: MynetworkTV
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- MyNetworkTV is hoping revivals of FOX's "Paradise Hotel" and NBC's "Meet My Folks" will help reverse its ratings fortunes as the network began detailing its 2007-2008 season plans this week.

The network, which did not hold a formal upfront presentation, is expected to follow its current model of feature film repeats, specials and a handful of original series. In other words, no more telenovelas or other scripted programming for the foreseeable future.

As for specifics, here's a breakdown of the newcomers:

-- "Divorce Wars," from Jay McGraw's Stage 29 Productions, features unhappy couples as they are locked in a house for five days to resolve their differences. McGraw's father, Dr. Phil McGraw, is expected to make occasional appearances but will not host the show.

-- A third season of "Meet My Folks," from Bruce Nash Productions, which originally ran from 2002-2003. It's due this fall.

-- A second season of "Paradise Hotel," from Mentorn USA, which lasted 32 episodes in 2003. MyNetworkTV will share the series with Fox Reality Channel beginning in early 2008.

-- "The Academy," Fox Reality's channel's upcoming new reality series, will re-air on the netlet this fall.

-- Six new "Access Hollywood"-produced specials along the lines of its top-rated offering "Anna Nicole Smith: A Centerfold Exposed" from March.

Additional details, including a night-by-night schedule, are expected to be released in the coming weeks.





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· ACADEMY, THE (FOX REALITY)
· ACCESS HOLLYWOOD (SYNDICATION)
· DECISION HOUSE (MYNETWORKTV)
· MEET MY FOLKS (NBC)
· PARADISE HOTEL (MYNETWORKTV)





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