If you’re tired of hearing Oprah Winfrey talk and want her to stop, you’ll have to wait until 2004.
The daytime TV talk show host of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” has signed a new deal that will keep her on the air through the 2004 season. Winfrey had been discreet over the past year, never really fessing up to whether she was going to renew her contract, until now.
The deal between her Harpo productions and Viacom Inc.’ King World Prods. also includes a partnership to develop other syndication TV programming.
‘FRASIER’ REIGNS SUPREME: In the TV ratings, “Frasier” is king, while CBS triumphed in the network race. The sitcom starring Kelsey Grammer was crowned Tuesday night’s top program in the coveted 18- to 29-year-old demographic as well as the night’s most-watched show (18.62 million). For the first time in 10 months, CBS was the most-watched network thanks to shows such as “JAG” and “Judging Amy.” NBC also saw a fairly strong showing with its rookie show “The Michael Richards Show” despite its expected week-to-week declines.
IN DR. LAURA’S FOOTSTEPS: Radio personality Paul Harvey has worked in radio for nearly 50 years. And provided his health keeps up, we’ll be hearing him for another 10, The Associated Press reports. Harvey, known for his trademark “good day” signoff, has signed a 10-year contract with ABC Radio networks. The 82-year-old radioman is heard on about 1,200 stations and 400 Armed Forces Network stations.
BURNS BROTHERS TEAM UP: Actor-filmmaker Edward Burns (“The Brothers McMullen,” “Saving Private Ryan“) has teamed with brother Brian Burns in a TV deal with Michael Ovitz’ Artists Television Group, AP reports. Under the deal, the brothers will create, develop and produce series programming for the studio. Also, the Burns brothers are expected to revive “The Fighting Fitzgeralds,” a half-hour NBC comedy that was originally developed last season. The brothers are currently developing programs for NBC as well as for ABC.