ABC pacts 3 more years of ‘Bloopers’

Dick Clark Prods. may air up to 19 episodes

It’s no practical joke: ABC has signed with Dick Clark Prods. to air “Bloopers” specials for three more years.

ABC stole the franchise from NBC in 1998 and has aired a number of “Bloopers” specials since then. The new deal begins with the 2000-01 season. According to Dick Clark Prods., the pact covers at least seven and as many as 19 specials over the next three years.

Dick Clark Prods. has produced 107 editions of “Bloopers” since creating the franchise for the 1980-81 season. NBC aired many different incarnations of “Bloopers,” even turning it into a series three separate times.

Off-net episodes of “Bloopers” air on TNN.

“The ‘Bloopers’ concept continues to be a powerful asset of the company as we refresh it for new generations of viewers,” said Francis La Maina, president and chief operating officer at Dick Clark Prods.

At the height of “Bloopers” fame in the early 1980s, ABC produced a clone called “Foul-ups, Bleeps and Blunders.” That Steve Lawrence/Don Rickles-hosted show lasted only a season.

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