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NBC replaces Deal with Child Stars

NBC is ending its run of revived game show Let's Make a Deal early and
replacing it with specials.

In the show's place next Tuesday at 8 p.m., NBC will air Child Stars, Then
and Now
, narrated by Malcolm Jamal-Warner of Cosby Show fame.

Let's Make a Deal, hosted by Access Hollywood's Billy Bush, was
scheduled to run through April 1.

If it was successful, it would have been a candidate for syndication.

NBC has struggled with the Tuesday 8 p.m. time slot for years now, and Fox's
American Idol: Search for a Superstar is making the time period even tougher.

Last night, American Idol crushed its competition, scoring a 10.0
rating/25 share in adults 18 through 49 for its two-hour performance show.

In comparison, ABC was second in adults 18 through 49 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
with a 3.1/8, and NBC and CBS tied with 2.8/7 each.

Child Stars looks at the lives of 15 former stars,
including Jill Whelan, who played Vicki Stubing on The Love Boat;
Emmanuel Lewis, who played Webster Long on Webster and is having a bit of
a career renaissance after appearing on The WB Television Network's Surreal Life; and Willie
Aames, who was Tommy Bradford on Eight Is Enough.

NBC Studios will produce in association with Gay Rosenthal Productions.
Rosenthal will executive-produce.

Paul Barrosse will co-executive-produce and Nicholas Caprio is the producer.

Contributing editor Paige Albiniak has been covering the business of television for nearly 25 years. She is a longtime contributor to Next TV, Broadcasting + Cable and Multichannel News. She concurrently serves as editorial director for entertainment marketing association Promax. She has written for such publications as TVNewsCheck, The New York Post, Variety, CBS Watch and more. Albiniak was B+C’s Los Angeles bureau chief from September 2002 to 2004, and an associate editor covering Congress and lobbying for the magazine in Washington, D.C., from January 1997-September 2002.