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FOX To Debut All Movie Network for Local TV Digital Subchannels

FOX Television Stations, along with Weigel Broadcasting, has announced it will premiere a 24-Hour all movie network called “MOVIES!” to run on 17 of its local owned stations this Spring.

“We’re doing MOVIES! because this content works in the D2 space,” said Frank Cicha senior vice president of programming for FOX television stations. “Weigel has proven that in their other ventures, which is why we’ve chosen to work with them.  While we’ve successfully used our D2 spectrum to some degree, this is the first time we’re going in with all stations on board, which is exciting.”

The channel will show a variety of movies in what the network said will be a “new, viewer and advertiser friendly format, not seen on broadcast television to date.” The goal, according to FOX, is to create a destination where movie fans can watch fan friendly and free content over the air and on cable. Read more

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FOX Television Stations Commit to ‘TMZ Live’

FOX Television Stations has announced “TMZ Live,” a one hour show that takes viewers inside the TMZ newsroom, will now air on all of its FOX stations.

FOX has been slowly adding the show to its station group since March 2012.  After a test run in the Los Angeles market on KTTV, it soon expanded into Phoenix (KSAZ), Boston (WFXT) Chicago (WFLD), Dallas (KDFW), Detroit (WJBK) and Minneapolis (KMSP). Beginning next Fall, FOX will air the show on its remaining stations including New York (WNYW), Philadelphia (WTXF), Washington, D.C (WTTG), Atlanta (WAGA), Houston (KRIV), Tampa (WTVT) and Orlando (WOFL).

“The distribution roll-out of “TMZ Live” is as unconventional and unique as the show itself,” said Ken Werner, president of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. “This slow approach has translated into a strong and loyal daily audience, time period increases and younger demos.  It’s also created a demand in the markets where the series does not yet air.” Read more

‘Bethenny’ Sold to Fox Stations, Slated for National Launch in 2013

Following a six-week trial run on Fox O&Os, Bethenny Frankel’s talk show has been slated for a national syndication launch next year, Fox Television and Warner Brothers announced today.

“Bethenny” debuted in June for a six-week test on Fox O&Os in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Dallas, Phoenix and Minneapolis. Across all six markets, the show improved on the previous month by +100% in the A25-54 demographic and by +80% among women A25-54.

“This is what can happen if you put something different in daytime – the ratings prove it,” Frank Cicha, SVP of programming for Fox Television Stations, said in a statement. “Throughout this test, the Bethenny program pushed boundaries, overhauling traditional talk topics with an energy and freshness we haven’t seen in a long time.”

“Bethenny” will debut on 17 Fox O&Os (see a list after the jump) and will be offered to stations in the remaining markets nationwide for a national syndication launch in 2013. Read more

Bethenny Frankel’s Talk Show Gets Summer Trial Run on Fox-Owned Stations

A six-week preview of Bethenny Frankel‘s daytime talk show will debut this summer on select Fox O&Os in major markets, including New York and Los Angeles, Fox Television Stations and Warner Brothers announced today.

The show, called “Bethenny,” will be an daily one-hour entertainment talk show starring Frankel, who is best known from Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New York” and “Bethenny Ever After.”

“Bethenny is a lightening rod, and from a marketing standpoint, we love the idea of her hit reality series dovetailing into this test,” Frank Cicha, Fox TV’s senior vice president of programming, said in a statement. Read more