The A-list

A sampling of first-run and off-net strips that will be talked about at this year's conference.

Judge David Young
Sony Pictures Television is expanding its presence in the court genre with this half-hour strip featuring Young. As a circuit-court judge in Miami-Dade County, Young has presided over cases including that of two former America West pilots who were sentenced to prison last year after being convicted of operating an aircraft while intoxicated. He will continue to preside until he steps down from the post he was elected to in 2001 to host the court show, launching in the fall. (Booth 654)

UFC Wired
The Ultimate Fighting Championship is looking to enter the syndication arena, courtesy of Trifecta Entertainment & Media, which launched in 2005 and will be selling at its first-ever NATPE. The one-hour weekly series will feature the top athletes, battles and action from the UFC, whose competitors use a mixture of martial-arts disciplines in an event that takes place on an eight-sided mat and a cage design called the Octagon. Joe Rogan, the face of UFC's pay-per-view events and UFC programming on Spike TV, is hosting "UFC Wired," 22 episodes of which will be available for 2007-08. (Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, 61st floor)

The Morning Show With Mike and Juliet
The morning program, which debuts Jan. 22 on the Fox owned-and-operated affiliates, will be "a major push for us" at this year's convention, says Bob Cook, president and chief operating officer of Twentieth Television, which will be looking to line up station clearances beyond the Fox O&Os. The show, which will air live in most markets from 9-10 a.m., will be hosted by former Fox News Channel "DaySide" hosts Mike Jerrick and Juliet Huddy and feature celebrity and newsmaker interviews, as well as general interest programming. (Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, third floor)

Off-Network Comedies
For stations looking for some laughs, two new comedies entered the off-net sales arena this month, courtesy of MGM's distribution partnership with New Line Television. MGM will be looking to sell Comedy Central's "Reno 911!" and "Chappelle's Show" for a fall launch. In addition, stations and distributors at this year's NATPE also will likely be looking down the road at the next batch of off-network comedies. Among them: Twentieth Television is hoping that good karma will follow the cast of NBC's "My Name Is Earl" to Las Vegas, while NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution is set to talk up the droll office drones of NBC's "The Office." (Warner Bros. International Television Distribution (Booth LR5.01)


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