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Inside Move: UWT’s ‘Date,’ ‘Wheel’ for sale

Vivendi U takes bids for syndies

Vivendi Universal is taking bids from syndicators around town to take over two syndicated shows — “Blind Date” and “The Fifth Wheel” — that are distributed by the company’s Universal Worldwide Television unit.

UWT, which bowed in 1998 when Universal took over Polygram, also co-produces and distributes such European talkers as “Catherine,” “Trisha” and “Vera am Mittag.”

The unit’s position with the company has been foggy since its inception, and insiders say the “for sale” sign on the two properties does not bode well for its future in the Vivendi fold.

“Blind Date,” which will enter its third season in broadcast syndication this fall, averaged a 2.3 national household rating during the most recent week for which ratings are available, according to Nielsen. “Fifth Wheel” preems this fall.

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