DirecTV to Keep "Passions" Alive
Earlier this year, NBC announced it had canceled its daytime sudser "Passions." The show would end its 8-year run in June. Now the network is closing in on a new deal that would keep the series alive on an unusual platform, DirecTV.
This will be the biggest original programming initiative for the satellite provider which has been interested in original content business for a while. It is however not clear at this point what channel the company will use to air the series.
Daytime soap operas normally have a weekly budget of $1 million. Under the new deal the costs are expected to be cut. Also, NBC Universal TV Studio will produce only 4 episodes per week for DirecTV. The show aired 5 times per week on NBC.
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