Playing in Peoria
By BroadCasting & Cable Staff -- Broadcasting & Cable, 1/28/2001 7:00:00 PM
Whatcha gonna do? Use stations as syndicated test-beds if you're Twentieth Television. The syndicator is looking to find another Cops or A Current Affair, shows that started out on the Fox stations before going national.
Fox's syndication division will roll out limited-market series in the next month on co-owned Fox O&O's. Sources say Twentieth, which didn't introduce a new first-run syndicated series at last week's NATPE, has a pair of talk shows and a court show that will be tested on its stations and possibly the soon-to-be co-owned Chris-Craft stations. Bob Cook, Twentieth TV's new president, explains: "We owe it to our customers to make sure we test these properties and evaluate them and, if necessary, incubate them in local markets." Sources also say Twentieth is developing a project specifically for Jillian Barberie of Fox's KTTV(TV) Los Angeles. Cook says if any of the local shows are successful, they could be syndicated by year's end.
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