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“Black Magic” broke the previous record set in March 2006 by “Through the Fire,” which was watched in 1.1 million homes. The second part of “Black Magic,” televised March 17, was seen in 948,000 homes, MediaWeek said.

D’Amato eyes TV gig

Al D’Amato has his sights set on daytime. The former U.S. senator from New York has received interest from major syndicators on a court show he is shopping for fall 2009.

Mr. D’Amato, a Republican who served in the Senate from 1981 to 1999, was nicknamed “Senator Pothole” for his willingness to meet with constituents and help them with their individual cases. He also was known for his lengthy and at times comical filibusters on the floor of the Senate, one of which found him answering questions from a visiting colleague, reciting names and singing “South of the Border.” He published a book, “Power, Pasta & Politics: The World According to Senator Al D’Amato,” in 1995 and founded the consulting firm Park Strategies four years later.

His representatives at Rebel Entertainment Partners declined comment Thursday, the Hollywood Reporter said.

Court shows are one of the most robust genres in first-run syndication, with no fewer than 11 on the air and two more — Sony’s “Judge Karen” and Program Partners’ “Family Court With Judge Penny” — set to debut this fall, the Hollywood Reporter notes. The programs are perceived as one of the safer bets in daytime because they continue to draw solid ratings, led by perennial front-runner “Judge Judy.”

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports .