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Post-NATPE Moves

Twentieth taps host for Temptation 1/26/2007 07:00:00 PM Eastern

Twentieth Television has named Rossi Morreale to host
Temptation, a syndicated game show that will roll out in
the fall of 2007.

Morreale's résumé includes hosting a weekend edition of
entertainment newsmagazine Extra.

A former football player for the University of Arkansas, he has also
done hosting work for such networks as TBS, Spike TV, G4 and ESPN. With daytime
a female-friendly world, the fact he was named to People
magazine's 50 Sexiest Men Alive list will help.

The title of the new show shouldn't be tough for Morreale to remember.
In 2001, he was a cast member of the second season of Fox's reality series
Temptation Island.

Temptation, a Sale of the
Century
remake produced with format owner Fremantle­Media North
America, will make the prizes available for purchase online and via
telephone.

'Rachael' the Sole Survivor?

With Megan Mullally and Greg
Behrendt
not returning for a second season and Rachael
Ray
looking like a solid long-term bet after a batch of renewals at
NATPE, Dr. Keith Ablow is the sole remaining fall 2006
rookie talk show with an uncertain future.

Industry consensus is that the show won't return, since no renewals have
been done. A Warner Bros. spokesperson says no decision on the show has been
made.

The charismatic forensic psychiatrist will continue to be a mainstay on
television. Recently, he was all over the airwaves from Good Morning
America
to Larry King Live to analyze the
recent story surrounding the kidnapped children in Missouri.

Fox Judges Give Way to 'Mike & Juliet'

Expect national household ratings for Twentieth Television's
Judge Alex and Divorce Court to take
a hit. Both shows lost several double runs to make way for the new
Morning Show With Mike & Juliet.

Featuring Fox personalities Mike Jerrick and Juliet Huddy,
Morning Show debuted Monday, Jan. 22 to modest numbers on
25 Fox owned-and-operated stations. The show opened with a 1.6 rating/5 share
and then slipped 25% to a 1.2 on Tuesday before rebounding to a 1.3 on
Wednesday.

To make way for the show, Judge Alex lost 14
secondary runs, while Divorce Court lost nine.

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