ABC is expected to make a decision this week about a new program to replace its low-rated Buena Vista Prods, daytime series “The Mike & Maty Show,” which may result in Disney losing the slot.
Sources said the web is considering two candidates: a Viacom Prods, show with the Mommies – the comedy duo who starred last season in a primetime sitcom on NBC – and an entry from Disney, which produces “Mike & Maty” through its Valleycrest Prods., fronted by Mark Kriski of “KTLA Morning News.”
The latter project actually was said to have been in the works for firstrun syndication but subsequently has been thrown into the mix as a replacement for “Mike & Maty,” which still would allow Disney – which is in the process of acquiring the network – to hang on to that position.
Though ABC apparently has decided not to extend its order on “Mike & Maty,” sources added that Disney may consider keeping the show alive in syndication.
The series, hosted by Michael Burger and Maty Monfort, premiered in April 1994 and averaged roughly a 1.8 rating, 8 share from Dec. 4-8, the most recent week for which national Nielsen numbers are available.
A new show likely would premiere sometime during first-quarter 1996. Spokesmen at ABC and Disney declined comment.