Pax passes on reality series as Discovery outlet gets run
NEW YORK — Reality series “Lost” has found a second weekly primetime outlet: NBC has sold a rerun of each of the six hours to Discovery Communications’ Travel Channel.
The Peacock offered the extra run to Pax TV, which schedules reruns of NBC series “Weakest Link”; “Mysterious Ways”; the teen-oriented back-to-back half-hours “Just Deal” and “California Dreams”; and the forthcoming drama “Crossing Jordan.”
But Pax took a pass on “Lost” because “the series doesn’t fit our brand,” said a spokeswoman for parent company Paxson Communications.
“Lost,” which has a six-episode commitment from NBC, follows three two-person teams set down in a remote location somewhere in the world who must find their way to New York’s Statue of Liberty. The team that gets there first wins a grand prize of $200,000.
The deal for “Lost” is the first arrangement Travel, which reaches 56 million homes, has ever made to replay a broadcast network series within a short time of its net debut. Sources said Travel will pay about $100,000 an episode to get the reruns on such quick turnaround. The cabler has scheduled the “Lost” episodes for 9 p.m. Friday, and the network said it would continue running it if NBC picks up the show for another cycle.
“Lost” premieres at 8 tonight on NBC. Program is a co-production of Conan O’Brien’s Conaco Inc., NBC Studios, Jumbolaya Prods. and U.K.-based Windfall Films and Channel 4.