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TV Note: NBC cancels 'Providence'

Tuesday, October 22, 2002

So long, Syd.

NBC announced yesterday that Friday night drama "Providence" will end its run Dec. 20 with a two-hour finale.

The series, which debuted in January 1999, stars Point Park College graduate Melina Kanakaredes as Dr. Sydney Hansen.

Ratings for the show have been dropping for the past year and are off considerably this season.

(Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor)

NBC renewals

Despite ratings that continue to fall, NBC has renewed new Sunday night dramas "American Dreams" and "Boomtown" for the full season.

(R.O.)

Jansons on TV

It definitely isn't Heinz Hall.

Mariss Jansons will join forces with renowned flutist Emmanuel Pahud and the Berlin Philharmonic for a performance at the Byzantine Church of the Holy Peace in Istanbul. The "Great Performances" concert (3 p.m. Sunday on WQED) includes Mozart's Flute Concerto No. 2 and Berlioz's "Symphonie fantastique."

(Andrew Druckenbrod, Post-Gazette Classical Music Critic)

Channel surfing

ABC has renewed "George Lopez" for the full season. ... Daily Variety reports that The WB is developing "Young MacGyver," about the twenty-something nephew of the inventive adventurer played by Richard Dean Anderson on the '80s ABC series. ... In addition to Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson have signed on to be judges on the second edition of Fox's "American Idol," set to air early next year. ... Rick Sebak's "Sandwiches that You Will Like," which premiered last month on WQED, will air nationally on PBS at 8 p.m. Jan. 8.

(R.O.)

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