A hot-button episode of the NBC laffer “Frasier” has gone missing in syndication this year, and the show’s exec producer and writer are questioning the reason for its absence.
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Call it the trouble with hiatus. ABC has pulled frosh laffer “The Trouble with Normal” off the air for the remainder of the November sweeps. Paramount-produced skein has been a consistent ratings loser since its Oct. 6 debut as part of the Alphabet’s new Friday night comedy block.
The producers of “Shop ‘Til You Drop” are going to the ultimate bazaar for their next project: Minneapolis’ Mall of America.
The state of California will reimburse filmmakers’ costs next year under the new “Film California First” program to fight runaway production.
Lucasfilm has inked an exclusive deal with Netcaster AtomFilms.com, which will give “Star Wars” geeks an official Internet home for their unofficial spoofs and documentaries.
The Walt Disney Co. is among a crop of new investors pumping $60 million into Dotcast, a high-speed service designed to use TV signals to send Internet-style video to wireless devices.
Digital music site Kick.com announced it had raised $6 million in its initial round of venture capital funding, including an undisclosed amount from Sony Broadband Entertainment’s 550 Digital Media Ventures subsid.
Digital music company ClickRadio has tapped Shira Berk VP of media relations.
TV webs are hoping that viewers will tune in to watch election results in record high numbers. Thanks to the excruciatingly close presidential race, they might just be right. TV newscasters’ hands will be tied throughout much of the day, as they have pledged that they won’t report on exit poll results for a state until polls close in that state — though some Web sites will release such info earlier.
Strong season premieres for “The Simpsons” and “The X-Files” powered Fox to a convincing victory among young adults on the first Sunday of November sweeps.