TV Notes: 'Campus PD' episodes at IUP to air in January
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G4's "Campus PD" returns for a new season next month that will include episodes taped at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. On April 30, during production of these episodes, a helicopter that was used by the show's camera crew crashed, killing one production crew member.
A publicist for G4 said the series will not include any footage of the helicopter accident.
"Campus PD" has its season premiere at 10 p.m. Jan. 3. The show follows college town police officers as they bust up alcohol-fueled parties, break up fights and chase down thieves. Episodes filmed in Indiana will air Jan. 31 and Feb. 7, 21 and 28.
"The Nate Berkus Show," which earned the ire of Pittsburgh "Rachael Ray" fans after WTAE moved "Berkus" to weekday mornings and "Ray" to after midnight in September, will end its run after its current second season wraps up in May.
WTAE will flip the two shows again -- moving "Rachael Ray" back to weekday mornings at 10 and "Berkus" to 1:05 a.m. -- beginning Jan. 2.
WTAE will carry the Steelers game against San Francisco Monday in prime time, pre-empting ABC's lineup.
"You Deserve It" will air at 1:05 a.m. Wednesday and "A Chipmunk Christmas" will air at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 24. "Kung Fu Panda" and "Castle" are reruns and won't be aired in an alternate time slot.
The latest battle over retransmission rights pits Sinclair, which owns WPGH and WPMY in Pittsburgh, against Verizon's FiOS TV.
On the WPMY website, Sinclair explains, "Verizon Fios' current contract to carry this station expires on Dec. 31, 2011, and based on the current status of negotiations we do not believe they will be carrying this station after that date. We do not think it is appropriate to negotiate matters such as this in public and as a result are not prepared to comment further on the reasons that we do not believe a new contract will be entered into."
Sinclair says this issue will impact only FiOS subscribers, and WPGH and WPMY will continue to be available from DirecTV, DISH Network and Comcast Cable.
Verizon spokesman Lee Gierczynski offered his company's rebuttal.
"Unfortunately, Sinclair Broadcasting is threatening to remove its channels from Verizon's FiOS customers, because Verizon will not give in to Sinclair's demands for an unreasonable rate increase," he wrote via email. "... We hope that Sinclair will change its approach and agree to negotiate with us for rates and terms that are in our viewers' best interests."
Often these disputes get resolved at the last minute.
Late Thursday ABC announced it has canceled "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," which will air its final, 200th episode on Jan. 13. After nine seasons, the show will end as a weekly series, but the network says it plans to continue the franchise as specials.
ABC has also pulled freshman comedy "Man Up" from the schedule, effectively canceling it.
Lifetime canceled freshman cop drama "Against the Wall."
Style has canceled reality show "Ruby."
First Published December 16, 2011 12:00 am