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U TV pulls plug on syndie ‘Motown’

No third season for weekly peformance showcase

“Motown Live,” Universal Worldwide Television’s syndicated weekly performance hour, will not be coming back for a third season.

Stations that carry the live Montell Jordan-hosted music show were notified this week.

“It’s an economic decision,” said U senior veep of domestic television distribution Matt Cooperstein in confirming the cancellation. “We’re very pleased and proud of the work the producers and Montell have done in the last two seasons.”

“Motown” has earned a 1.0 national household rating season-to-date, according to Nielsen. Among adults 18-49, it earned an average 0.5 national rating season-to-date.

Shelf life

Cooperstein said 52 episodes of the show now exist in U’s library, and the distrib is looking into ways to place those reruns in the marketplace.

“Motown Live” highlights performances from current R&B, hip-hop and pop acts, as well as classic performers who inspired or were a part of the Motown sound.

Elephant Walk Entertainment and Ken Ehrlich Prods. produce the show, while U Worldwide Television distribs.

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