‘Fame L.A.’ sold in 63% of U.S.

MGM Domestic Television Distribution has sold its new weekly hour “Fame L.A.” in 53 markets, covering 63% of the nation for fall, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

MGM president Sid Cohen would not reveal the New York single-run clearance, but he said it’s been sold to WCIU Chicago in the 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday timeslots. It will also air in early fringe or early primetime on KCAL Los Angeles, with a double run. Cohen would not say how many stations in the top 10 markets had bought the show, but he said KTVU San Francisco is also among them.

‘Promotable show’

“It’s counterprogramming.,” Cohen said. “It’s a recognizable and promotable show. Everyone’s coming out with action. We decided to go another way.”

“Fame L.A.,” based on the previous TV series and feature film “Fame,” is being sold in two-year, 44-episode packages for seven minutes of barter ad time. The producers are Richard B. Lewis, Pen Densham and John Watson of Trilogy Entertainment, who also produce MGM’s returning action hours “Poltergeist: The Legacy” and “Outer Limits.”

Sweeps perfs

During the November sweep, according to Petry’s analysis of Nielsen numbers, “Poltergeist” tied for the top spot among new weeklies, averaging an overall household rating of 2.2, which tied with All American TV’s “Sinbad.” Meanwhile, “Outer Limits” placed fifth among all weeklies with a 3.0.

Both shows have been sold to 18 Fox-New World stations, including stations in the top three markets. Total clearance for both is 63%. “Outer Limits” has been renewed for two years, and “Poltergeist” for one.

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