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Monday, October 31, 2005

Tonight's Tube

Check your local listings- Geraldo at Large, Geraldo Rivera's new syndicated "news" show, debuts today, effectively killing the revival of A Current Affair.

Geraldo describes it as an action-oriented half-hour similar to the weekend program he was doing at Fox News Channel. Which most people never saw... great way to launch a new series.

Nobody Loves Brad

Brad Garrett says his talked-about spin-off of Everybody Loves Raymond is dead in the water.

... who even remembered this was an option...

"CBS waited so long [to put it in motion] that we've lost most of the writers," Garrett told a Fox News reporter. And it would have been ideal for CBS to have the show ready for this fall, to lasso some of the big numbers Raymond pulled in for years.

Now it just seems like it's an idea who's time has passed.

Garrett has now moved on to co-star in the Broadway revival of The Odd Couple with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick- as Murray the Cop.

... that's the way to stretch yourself out, Brad... nice work...

Howie Makes A Deal

Comedian Howie Mandel is headed back to NBC- as a game show host.

... more prime-time game shows... goodie... NBC just seems more desperate every day...

The show is the American version of international hit Deal or No Deal, described by the network as "a big, exciting game show that contains nail-biting drama and hefty cash prizes."

... will Howie, noted germophobe, wear latex gloves on set? we'll see...

Deal will begin production this week. No airdate has been set.

... hey NBC... you are the Weakest Link... goodbye...

Midseason Moves Mulled

Two networks are looking to shore up their schedules by moving successful shows. But will they kill the golden goose in the process?

... yeah, probably...

Fox is weighing a shift of television's number one series, American Idol, from Wednesday (against Lost) to Thursday (against CSI). Why? Thursday is the biggest advertising night of the week, and they can make potentially more cash with a bigger hit than Reunion on that night.

... but CSI gets even higher ratings than Lost... sounds iffy...

Meanwhile, NBC is still mulling a move of My Name Is Earl, also to Thursday, which would be very risky, putting NBC's biggest new hit in the crosshairs.

... it would potentially be a mistake for the 'cockers to move it, but what choice do they have? they're dying a thousand deaths every Thursday...

Gold Mine of Mencia

Looks like Comedy Central is happy with Mind of Mencia and its star Carlos Mencia, the network's unintentional replacement for Dave Chappelle.

... well, relatively speaking; it only scored a fraction of Chappelle's Show's ratings, but still...

The network is signing the comedian to a big-time multi-platforrm deal. It includes a renewal of his hit series, a one-hour stand-up special for the cable network, and gig hosting a 30-date "Comedy Central live" comedy tour.

Also forthcoming: an uncensored DVD of season one of Mind.

... still, it's unlikely the sales will match those of the first two seasons Chappelle's Show, which set records...

The show's second season will debut in March.