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Jim Rome To Leave Premiere Radio Networks For Deal With CBS Sports Radio

Exclusive: Jim Rome is becoming CBS Sports man all the way. Deadline has learned that the popular sports broadcaster is finalizing a deal with CBS Radio, which is expected to use his show as the cornerstone for CBS Sports Radio, the new national sports radio network slated to launch on Jan. 2. Rome’s daily morning Jim Rome Show had been syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks since 1996. The new agreement follows Rome’s deal with CBS in January when he left Espn and his show there, Jim Rome Is Burning, for Rome, a new half-hour daily cable TV show on CBS Sports Network, which premiered in April, and a new sports and entertainment series on Showtime, which will debut later this year. Rome also is set to contribute to CBS Sports’ coverage of the NFL, Ncaa basketball and U.S. Open Tennis Championships, and other events. The pact with CBS Radio
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Jim Rome Inks Deal With CBS, WIll Host Shows On CBS Sports Network & Showtime

Veteran sports broadcaster Jim Rome has signed a deal with CBS. Under the multi-year pact, he will host Rome, a new half-hour show airing weekdays at 6 Pm on CBS Sports Network and a new sports and entertainment series on Showtime. Additionally, Rome will contribute to CBS Sports’ coverage of the NFL, Ncaa basketball and U.S. Open Tennis Championships, and other events. He will make his CBS Sports debut during coverage of the 2012 Ncaa Final Four with Rome launching on CBS Sports Network on April 3. It will feature news and opinion on the day’s hottest sports stories with rants, debates and guest appearances by some of the biggest names in sports. The show will originate from Orange County, Calif. where Rome’s daily radio show also originates from. The Showtime series will premiere in late Fall 2012. “Jim is a high profile, marquee talent who elevates our overall sports coverage
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Last Stop for Paul

Last Stop for Paul
Mandt Bros. Prods.

Making the trek from Internet series to theatrical proposition, Last Stop for Paul takes the form of an ambitious travelogue about two office buddies who go on a whirlwind tour of the world, encountering the sort of colorful characters and unexpected obstacles that go with the territory.

By also serving as the production's primary cast and entire crew, director Neil Mandt and his cameraman Marc Carter certainly keep things cost effective, but the extended film version -- which opens in two Southern California theaters this weekend followed by a national rollout -- also serves as a handy example of getting what you pay for.

Even with new-media hybrids, there's no substitute for such old-school basics as a solid script, convincing performances and the unifying vision of a strong director.

Here we have TV producer Mandt (Jim Rome Is Burning) and Carter playing a pair of average Joe bathroom supply salesmen in Los Angeles who take a one-month globetrotting vacation accompanied by the ashes of Carter's recently deceased buddy.

Their destination is the wild Full Moon Party in Thailand by way of Jamaica, Chile, Germany, Greece, Tokyo and Vietnam, with accommodations along the way provided by the hotels believing them to be "Frommer's Guide" writers.

The trip has its inevitable share of misadventures, including a costly visit to the Vietnamese equivalent of the Playboy Club, where the guys get hit with an exorbitant second bar tab for the privilege of chatting with their pretty hosts.

There's definitely a workable, reality TV-based angle at the core of Last Stop -- something along the lines of No Reservations but with scattered human remains instead of Anthony Bourdain.

Carter captures plenty of seductive scenery, but thanks to stilted line readings (and not just by those for whom English is a second or third language), clunky dramatic re-enactments and bland narration, those backgrounds ultimately prove more intriguing than the foreground.

'Truth' comes out at Sci Fi net

PASADENA -- Sci Fi Channel has given the green light to a new globe-trekking adventure series titled Destination Truth.

The six-episode weekly reality show features Josh Gates, described as a world adventurer and "eager truth-seeker," visiting a different destination every week with his small crew of production buddies. Each destination is said to be home to supernatural, mysterious stories -- such as the Fire Worm of Mongolia and the Chilean Chupacabra -- that Gates will set out to either prove or debunk by talking to witnesses and experts and immersing himself in the local culture.

The hourlong series is executive produced by Neil and Michael Mandt for their Mandt Bros. Prods., whose credits include ESPN's "Beg, Borrow & Deal" and Jim Rome Is Burning, Pax's Speed Dating and E! Entertainment Television's My Crazy Life. The Mandt brothers were repped by Rebel Entertainment Partners and attorney Todd Stern in the Truth deal.

Truth is in production for a second-quarter premiere. Sci Fi had originally said that the show was in development as part of an overall slate unveiled in April.

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