Here's where the buys are

The optimists at thinly attended trade shows this year have been able to exclaim, "Well, at least the people who are here are people who have business to do." True enough. NATPE 2002 may have fewer exhibitors and fewer attendees. But it will also have fewer people strolling down aisles looking for nifty free key chains.

The charts on this page tell who's selling what in the off-net and new–first-run categories, and some of those are so freshly minted we haven't even seen clips.

Of this we're sure: Buyers will be there. Of this we're not: Some station chiefs may leave Las Vegas with the program that's going to become a runaway hit. But we like to believe that, even when times are bad, good things can happen.

New first-runs at a glance
ShowDistributorTerms
B.A.I.T.NBC Enterprisesbarter,
Beyond With James Van PraaghTribune Entertainmentcash + barter
Dr. PhilKing Worldcash + barter
Life MomentsParamountcash + barter
PyramidColumbia TriStarcash + barter
The Rob Nelson ShowTwentieth TVbarter
John Woo's Once a ThiefOctober Moonbarter
The John Walsh ShowNBC Enterprisescash + barter
The Wayne Brady ShowBuena Vista TVcash + barter
Weakest LinkNBC Enterprisescash + barter
We, the JuryTelco Productionscash + barter
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?Buena Vista TVcash + barter
New first-runs at a glance
The off-network sitcoms
Show Distributor Debut
*Could be 2003 or 2004
**Likely available in 2004; no official date set
Dharma & GregTwentieth TVFall 2002
That '70s ShowCarsey-WernerFall 2002
The HughleysTwentieth TVFall 2002
Will & GraceWarner Bros.Fall 2002
The Larry Sanders ShowColumbia TriStarFall 2002
Road RulesOctober MoonFall 2002
BeckerParamountFall 2003
King of QueensColumbia TriStarFall 2003
Malcolm in the MiddleTwentieth TVFall 2003*
Family GuyTwentieth TVFall 2004**
FuturamaTwentieth TVFall 2004**
The ParkersParamountFall 2004**
For Your LoveWarner Bros.Fall 2004**
NikkiWarner Bros.Fall 2004**