Syndies 'Crossing Over,' 'Brady' axed
NEW YORK — Two syndicated TV strips — “Crossing Over With John Edward” and “The Wayne Brady Show” — got whacked with cancellation notices Thursday.
“Crossing Over,” syndicated by Universal Domestic TV, suspended production Monday, but will complete the season in syndication. The half-hour show also will finish the season on U’s Sci Fi Channel, where it originated in summer 2000.
“Brady,” distributed by Buena Vista TV, will continue in production and deliver original hourlong episodes to stations through the May sweeps.
Industry scuttlebutt says the replacement for “Brady” in the major markets with an ABC-owned TV station will be “The Tony Danza Show,” also distributed by BVTV, a sister company of ABC. An ABC spokeswoman declined to comment on that speculation.
At Universal, Steve Rosenberg, president of U Domestic TV, said, “We’re very proud that ‘Crossing Over’ has been renewed for three seasons, not an easy task in today’s fragmented sales environment.”
While “Crossing Over” was tops in its freshman class of 2001, it has struggled of late. Season-to-date average of 0.9 is a sharp 31% decline from last year.
“Brady,” exec produced by John Redmann, also failed to find enough viewers to justify a renewal, although it won Emmys in the 2002-03 season, its first, for talkshow and talkshow host.
(John Dempsey in New York contributed to this report.)