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TWENTIETH TELEVISION PULLS THE CARPET FROM MAGIC'S RIDE
Published August 7, 1998
Facing a "likely shift to bad time periods by many stations," syndicator Twentieth Television yesterday "pulled the plug" on MAGIC JOHNSON's talk show, "The Magic Hour," according to Richard Huff of the N.Y. DAILY NEWS. Original episodes of the show will air through this week and repeats will remain on the air for the rest of the summer. The cancellation comes one day shy of the show's two-month anniversary. The show was drawing about two million viewers nightly (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 8/7). DAILY VARIETY's Cynthia Littleton reports that Twentieth TV is said to have lost "at least" $10M on the show's development and production. The entertainment wing of Magic Johnson Enterprises still has a movie and TV deal with the studio (DAILY VARIETY, 8/7).