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Eye to NATPE, distribs locking in syndie series.

HOLLYWOOD With the National Assn. of Television Programming Execs market in Las Vegas looms less than a week away, distribs are locking up clearances for their new and returning syndie shows.

Paramount Domestic TV has cleared its new relationship strip "Rendez-View" for a fall debut in broadcast syndication in more than 100 markets, representing coverage of 63% of the country. Par also has cleared its new weekly entertainment review series "Hot Ticket" for fall in 53 markets, representing 50% of the country.

Stations in the top three markets that have picked up "Rendez-View" are WCBS-TV New York, KCAL-TV Los Angeles and WPWR-TV Chicago.

"Hot Ticket," with Leonard Maltin and E! personality Todd Newton, has been picked up by CBS-owned stations WCBS New York, KCBS Los Angeles, WBBM Chicago, KYW Philadelphia and KPIX San Francisco.

Contrary to some published reports, Par is not close to a deal for its new Caroline Rhea talker "Caroline" to be launched on all of the CBS-owned stations, Par's distrib prexy John Nogawski said.

While some CBS-owned stations are likely to be part of the show's lineup, there is no overall group deal being made.

`Attorney,' `Divorce' back

Renewals for shows that debuted this season and last also are rolling in, including Fox syndie arm Twentieth Television's frosh gaveler "Power of Attorney" and the sophomore "Divorce Court."

The distribs' pair, both of which air on all 22 of its co-owned Fox Television Stations, have been renewed for the 2001-02 season by the group, repping 40% of the country.

"Divorce" and "Power" entered syndication as the toprated frosh firstrun strips in their debut seasons.

Columbia TriStar TV Distrib's frosh series "Judge Hatchett," which also launched largely on the Fox stations this year, has been renewed on 13 of the 15 Fox TV stations it airs on now. With additional stations on board for season two, "Hatchett" is cleared on stations repping coverage of 85% of the country.

Universal Worldwide Television's "Blind Date," currently in its second season, has been renewed for season three on stations covering more than 70% of the country.

"Blind Date's" renewals include six of the Chris Craft stations: WWOR-TV New York, KCOP Los Angeles, KUTP-TV San Francisco, KMSP-TV Minneapolis, WUTB-TV Baltimore and WRBW-TV Orlando. The show's Chicago clearance is on WPWR-TV.

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Comment:Eye to NATPE, distribs locking in syndie series.
Author:GREGO, MELISSA
Publication:Variety
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 15, 2001
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