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TV Guide net taking over ‘Seacrest’ site

Tube's fastest growing channel now reaches 76.7 mil homes

NEW YORK — TV Guide Channel will take over the studios at the Hollywood & Highland complex in L.A. that became vacant four months ago when Twentieth TV canceled “On Air With Ryan Seacrest.”

The facilities include soundstages and editing bays, which will come in handy as the TV Guide Channel continues to ramp up the volume of original series it produces inhouse, such as the daily “What’s On” show and the weekly hours “Cover Stories” and “Friday at 7.”

But TV Guide also plans to do lots of remotes, including live red-carpet coverage of the Nov. 14 American Music Awards from the Shrine Auditorium in L.A. Madison Michele and Chris Booker host the two-hour special.

Joan Rivers and daughter Melissa join TV Guide Channel’s red-carpet event coverage early next year, having signed a multiyear contract with the network. Melissa makes her debut on the channel this weekend with “TV Candy,” a one-hour spec sending up fashion with two of the stars of ABC’s “Desperate Housewives,” Nicolette Sheridan and Eva Longoria.

TV Guide Channel grew faster than any other cable network in the last year, adding 19.37 million households from Nov. 1, 2003, through Oct. 31, 2004, according to Nielsen Media Research. Net now reaches 76.7 million homes.

TV Guide Channel and Twentieth TV are both divisions of News Corp.

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