HBO Television Distribution is obtaining the rights to distribute the show, but that doesn't mean it will be shown on the HBO channel. That's the misconception that people have been getting.
When Lifetime's contract for UM ends in 2008, that will mark the end of Buena Vista's status as the distributor forthe series(hence HBO Television Distribution's announced acquisition of the show). Unsolved Mysteries is being shopped around to other cable networks, as indicated in a recent article at the Broadcasting & Cable web site.
Because the expiration of Lifetime's deal with UM is a year away, I expect that it will be many months before any or all deals related to the proposed UM revival are finalized. Projects like this take time, so I wouldn't be alarmed if no deals (new host, new network, etc.) are reached before the end of this year.
|Spike? That's kind of ironic, since Spike isthe "first network for men" and Lifetime was "television for women."|
I know. But believe it or not, Spike had actually tried to pick up the show before. In 2000, three years before it was renamed Spike TV, TNN (which had just gone from The Nashville Network to The National Network) was one of several cable networks interested in buying the show. At the time, plans were underway to revive Unsolved Mysteries as a first-run cable series. Not surprisingly however, Lifetime ultimately won out, choosing to keep the show.
|The word right now is that Dennis Farina is close to being to being the host if not the host.|
I heard that, too, although it is not yet official. In any case, considering the fact that he was a cop in real life before he went on to play law enforcement officers and tough guys both in movies and on television, I can't think of a more appealing candidate for UM than Dennis Farina.