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October grabs int'l formats for U.S. shows

23 March 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Eddie October Prods., the independent production company behind NBC's Tommy Lee Goes to College and Comedy Central's Wanda Does It, has secured U.S. rights to a trio of international series formats: unscripted series How Long Will You Live? and game shows Top of the Tables and Resistance.

How Long is a hit in the U.K., where it averages above a 30 share on RTE One. The series features people whose out-of-control lifestyle choices -- for example, smoking, drinking, poor diet, stress or no exercise -- wreak havoc on their health and drastically reduce their lifespan. Doctors calculate their life expectancy and put them on an eight-week regimen to change and extend their lives, after which their life expectancy is recalculated and the new results are revealed in an emotional unveiling.

"I try to do comedy-based or positive reality shows, and this is a totally positive, emotional, life-changing show," Eddie October said.

The original series is produced in Ireland by Waddell Media.

Tables, which is in its fifth season on Belgium's Canvas Network, has been the highest-rated primetime series on the channel. »

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