NATPE News

The National Association of Television Program Executives convention got underway today in Las Vegas. While it won’t be as jumping as it was in recent years, there is business to be done here in the world of syndication and beyond. Plus, look for not one, but two T Dog Think Tanks on the state of syndication in 2009. We’ll have news from the convention all week, so keep it here.

– TV Week named “Judge” Judy Sheindlin Syndication Personality of the Year. She’s got a BS Meter, and is not afraid to use it (and it goes up – way up, when the meter is around Governor Blago.) Read the interview here.

– Broadcasting & Cable has an article up on the convention, stating its a rebuilding year for syndication in 2009 (though it seems every year is a rebuilding year. Detroit Lions fans can relate, right?)

– Litton has some news: It has renewed weekly series Storm Stories for a second season in syndication while giving a “firm go” to new courtroom strip Street Court after clearing 65 percent of the country, including WCIU-TV here.

– Disney-ABC Television Distribution has renewed Legend of the Seeker for a second season after Tribune picked up the show for its 26 stations, including WGN-TV here. Legend airs Saturdays at 4 p.m.

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