Curtain to rise on 'Reel Talk' in most of U.S.


NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution has cleared the weekly movie review series "Reel Talk" in more than 85% of the U.S. for its September debut in national syndication.

The half-hour show, hosted by longtime WNBC-TV film critic Jeffrey Lyons and Alison Bailes of IFC's "At the Angelika" and "At the IFC Center," has been sold to stations from such broadcast groups as CBS, Gannett, Belo, Hearst-Argyle, Hubbard and Sinclair in addition to the previously announced sales to all 10 NBC Universal O&Os, including WNBC New York, KNBC Los Angeles and WMAQ Chicago.

Other top-market stations that have cleared "Reel Talk" include WBZ Boston, WFTS Tampa, Fla., and WRTV Indianapolis.

" 'Reel Talk' is the perfect weekend addition for local broadcasters heading into the new season," said Sean O'Boyle, senior vp and general sales manager at NBC Universal Domestic TV Distribution.

Each week, "Reel Talk" will feature reviews on the latest films and DVDs, behind-the-scenes stories and interviews with celebrities and boxoffice updates. The show originates from WNBC, where it debuted in October 2005 as a local weekend movie series. WNBC produces, with Michael Avila serving as executive producer.

"We take great pride in the fact that 'Reel Talk,' a show created at our station and led by two dynamic hosts, Jeffrey and Alison, can take its local popularity and success to a national audience," WNBC president and general manager Frank Comerford said.

"Reel Talk" is being offered on a straight barter basis.