Variety Staff

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Col greenlights ‘Ricki’

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Columbia Pictures TV Distribution has given a production "go" to "Ricki," the nationally syndicated talkshow fronted by actress Ricki Lake. The show has been cleared in 84 markets -- including 25 of…

ARIAS to Diesel, Matthew

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Guitarist/composer Johnny Diesel and Canadian-born signer Wendy Matthew dominated the Australian Record Industry Awards (the ARIAS) Wednesday. ARIAS, Australia's equivalent to the Grammys, have been…

NUMBERS BOX

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'Delta' 16.3/26 The Universal sitcom fell just 20% off its "Roseanne" lead-in Tuesday, better than any "Jackie Thomas Show" since December. Story, page 15.

  • Film

Correction

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British director Paul Weiland, who has been signed to helm "City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold," as reported Tuesday, made his feature debut on Columbia's 1987 Bill Cosby starrer "Leonard…

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Syndication Briefs

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MGM Domestic TV Distribution's off-net version of "In the Heat of the Night" has been renewed in 142 markets covering 85% of the country. The series reruns averaged a 3.4 rating during the Nielsen…

  • Biz

Financial Briefs

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Granite Broadcasting Corp. reported first-quarter operating results. Net loss was narrowed to $ 1.8 million, or 42 cents per share, from $ 2.3 million (67 cents) -- which included a 10…

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