- The Washington Times - Monday, January 12, 2009

‘M&J;’ get the boot

Sophomore syndicated talk show “The Morning Show With Mike and Juliet,” hosted by Mike Jerrick and Juliet Huddy, will end production in June. Original episodes will air through the summer, MediaWeek.com reports.

“We are very proud of ‘The Morning Show With Mike and Juliet,’ ” said Bob Cook, president and chief operating officer of Twentieth Television. “Over the past two years, we set out to produce a high-quality show that provided viewers with an engaging source of entertainment. We believe we accomplished this goal. Unfortunately, the current serious economic conditions made it challenging to continue producing the type of unique program that we wanted to deliver.”

Season-to-date ratings through Dec. 28 rank “The Morning Show With Mike and Juliet” 12th out of 13 syndicated talkers, according to Nielsen Media Research data. Compared to one year earlier, that’s a decrease of 11 percent. Moreover, the show’s results among the key demographic of women between 25 and 54 also are down by 17 percent, MediaWeek reports.

Nets host first dance

ABC and the Disney Channel have landed exclusive rights to televise two of President-elect Barack Obama’s inaugural events, including the new president’s first appearance at one of an array of inaugural balls on the night of Jan. 20, Variety.com reports.

ABC will get exclusive access to “The Neighborhood Ball: An Inauguration Celebration,” a first-ever event expected to include the evening’s first dance featuring Mr. Obama and his wife, Michelle, along with performances from musicians and other personalities. Mr. Obama also is expected to deliver his first speech of the evening at the event, to be held at the Washington Convention Center.

The night before, on Jan. 19, the Disney Channel will get an exclusive view of “Kids’ Inaugural: We Are the Future,” a concert at which Mrs. Obama and Jill Biden, wife of Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr., along with their families, are scheduled to appear. The event will be simulcast on Radio Disney and streamed afterward on Disney.com.

Last week, Mr. Obama’s inaugural committee announced a deal with HBO for the exclusive rights to televise a star-studded inaugural kickoff event on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Jan. 18. HBO will make the event available for free for all cable subscribers.

‘Candy,’ ‘Ruby’

E! Entertainment has greenlighted a docusoap showcasing the lives of female actresses in hip-hop videos.

“Candy Girls” will focus on the lives of women seen in the videos of top acts, including Kanye West, Jay-Z and Three 6 Mafia.

The Comcast-owned cabler has ordered eight 30-minute episodes of the skein, which will bow March 8, following the third-season premiere of “Keeping up with the Kardashians.”

“Candy Girls” is produced by Good Clean Fun (MTV’s “Run’s House”) in association with Coalition Media.

Meanwhile, sibling network Style has announced the second-season pickup of the documentary series “Ruby.” The series, which tracks the weight-loss travails of real-life Savannah, Ga., resident Ruby Hettinger, ranked as Style’s top original series among women 18 to 49 and total viewers in its freshman campaign.

Short takes

mAfter several months of renegotiations, the cast of CBS’ “How I Met Your Mother” is reaping the rewards with salary bumps. Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan have each signed new deals with 20th Century Fox, notes TVGuide.com, citing a story in the Hollywood Reporter. Their new salaries of $90,000 to $120,000 per episode are about two to three times more than what they were taking in before, but it’s still lower than what the casts of other comedies such as “The Office” make, the Web site notes.

mThe Style Network has signed a first-look deal with fashion maven Finola Hughes to produce exclusive programming and handle hosting duties for various shows, Variety reports. Miss Hughes already has hosted the long-running series “How Do I Look?” for the Comcast-owned cable channel. She’s currently producing the documentary series “Cool Girl Hate Club” - which follows a group of Indiana University graduates to New York City - along with Berman/Braun Productions. Miss Hughes also co-created and co-produced Style’s “Running in Heels,” a partnership with Marie Claire that tracks the lives of the staffers at the high-end New York glossy publication. It’s set to bow March 1.

On tap tonight

Intervention ( 9 p.m., A&E;) - The focus is back on Tressa and Josh this week. Tressa’s meth addiction destroyed her promising Olympic career. Now, eight months sober, she’s working hard to stay on the right path and rekindle some of that lost potential. Meanwhile, Josh once weighed more than 500 pounds - and he’s planning a surprise visit to his family after shedding more than 200 pounds.

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

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