NBC renews 'Miss Universe,' 'Miss USA' deal

11:52 AM PST 03/08/2010 by James Hibberd, AP

Pageants' programming extended three more years

Miss America may be searching for a new home, but NBC has renewed its deal with Donald Trump and the Miss Universe organization to televise "Miss Universe" and "Miss USA" for three more years.

"There's been renewed interest in this series of beauty pageants, especially among a new generation of younger viewers," said Paul Telegdy, executive vp of alternative programming, NBC. "NBC is proud to maintain this unique American cultural tradition as a viable series of competitive programming specials that continue to be a popular source of entertainment."

The pageants are a joint venture between NBC and Trump. NBC's extension begins in 2011, with Telemundo on board to simulcast Miss Universe. "The 2010 Miss USA Pageant" will air on May 16.

The announcement comes the week after TLC declared it will not renew its telecast deal with the veteran Miss America organization.
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