Big deals on big series: a big no-show

'Caroline,' 'Iyanla,' 'Fifth Wheel' waiting for clearance

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While TV execs continued to zip in and out of meeting rooms during day two of NATPE, several high-profile strips were still looking for major-market station clearances.

Deals for Paramount’s “Caroline” in Chicago, Buena Vista’s “Iyanla” in Los Angeles and Universal’s “The Fifth Wheel” in New York have not yet been sealed.

And no announcements have been made yet about clearances for Lions Gate’s “Who Wants To Date A Hooters Girl?” or Telepictures’ “Elimidate.”

Both “Hooters” and “Elimidate,” however, are said to have racked up mid- and small-market deals repping a majority of the country.

Despite ongoing negotiations, syndicators are optimistic that the big deals will eventually be clinched.

“We are being very, very strategic in closing our deals,” says John Nogawski, prexy of distribution for Par Domestic TV.

Par’s “Caroline” has daytime time periods locked up in New York and Los Angeles.

“I’m confident we’ll have Chicago. It’s just a matter of who,” says Nogawski.

Bubble shows

In terms of the on-the-bubble shows, no major surprise renewals have come through, but there’s optimism on the floor.

Nogawski said that his team has done renewal business on “Judge Mills Lane”, although the recent decision by Tribune’s station group not to renew the gaveler makes things “very difficult.”

And Par is still shooting more episodes of “Dr. Laura” for the current season and “will continue to look at the numbers,” he added.

Ditto on the distrib’s “Real TV,” which is currently in its fifth season.

Among deals that have come through are Los Angeles and Chicago pacts for Pearson Television’s “Card Sharks,” on KCAL and WPWR, respectively.

Skein will be joined on the station by fellow Pearson gamers “Family Feud” and “To Tell the Truth,” which are moving to the station from WPWR.

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