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SILVERMAN BRUSHES OFF 'WIPEOUT' COMPETITION

NBC co-chair Ben Silverman said Monday that he's not worried about ABC's decision to counterprogram his network's Super Bowl Sunday entertainment telecasts with the return of the obstacle-course series "Wipeout." "These shows like 'American Gladiators' start big, then drop off," he said. " 'Wipeout' is not as big as 'Fear Factor' was back in the day. I'd be more concerned if they had some heavy female- centric thing. I think Bruce Springsteen is pretty compelling." ABC is airing a two-part special episode of "Wipeout" against NBC's halftime show starring Springsteen and against the network's post-Bowl presentation of "The Office."

on second thought

John de Mol's Talpa Media and global reality producer Endemol have nixed plans for the multiterritory production and distribution of Talpa TV's formats, opting instead to go their separate ways "by mutual consent."

McKNIGHT ON AIR

Independent syndicator Litton Entertainment is looking to bring singer Brian McKnight to TV. The company is planning to offer "The Brian McKnight Show," a weekly one-hour variety series, in syndication for a fall launch.
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