Show cleared on stations repping nearly 50% of country

NBC Enterprises has cleared its new, syndicated firstrun reality series “Starting Over” on the NBC O&Os and stations from the Hearst-Argyle group for a fall 2003 launch.

Series, produced by “The Real World” producer Bunim/Murray Prods., is now cleared on stations repping nearly 50% of the country.

Move comes as local stations across the country, armed with ratings info from the November sweep, are starting to decide which new and returning syndie programs to incorporate into their daily schedules next season.

“Starting Over” clearances include NBC-owned stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco.

As for syndie shows now airing on NBC stations, such as NBC Enterprises sophomore talker “The Other Half” and Paramount Domestic TV’s frosh series “Life Moments,” it remains to be seen whether there’s room to return.

“Starting Over” will be shot on location in a city to be announced. It will follow six women, each of whom has a reason to start her life over. The cast will come from different parts of the country and live together. As each woman reaches her goal and exits the house, a new person will replace her.

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