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Travel to Reair NBC's Lost

9/04/2001 7:30 AM Eastern

Travel Channel has become the latest basic-cable network to journey down the
broadcast-repurposing path.

The Discovery Networks U.S. service announced that it will air NBC's
alternative reality show, Lost, nine days after it premieres on the
'Peacock.'

The deal, which extends for six weeks, calls for Travel to air the series
Fridays from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. following the episodes' first runs on NBC. As
such, Travel will encore the initial installment of Lost -- which bows on
NBC Sept. 5 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. -- Sept. 14.

Travel has secured the rights to air subsequent episodes beyond the first six
installments should NBC renew the skein.

Lost will feature three pairs of strangers who don't become teammates
until they arrive at a secret drop location. Armed with basic survival gear and
a limited amount of money, the teams must race to reach the Statue of Liberty
first to split a $200,000 prize.

With the agreement, Travel joins a growing number of cable networks that are
looking to build viewership and sampling by airing short-window encores of
first-run series that debut on broadcast channels.

Other cable networks that have or will air repurposed programming
include:

\u0007 Turner Network Television, which is planning to distribute episodes of
sister broadcast network The WB Television Network's Charmed one week
after they're broadcast;

\u0007 USA Network -- which already runs NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims
Unit
Sundays at 11 p.m., nine days after its Peacock primetime premiere --
will encore NBC's new Law & Order: Criminal Intent several days after
its bow on NBC;

\u0007 Lifetime Television will continue to rebroadcast ABC series Once and
Again
this season; and

\u0007 Pax TV, which is currently rebroadcasting NBC's TheWeakest
Link
on Fridays, will present a second run of upcoming NBC drama Crossing
Jordan
.

More recently, FX reached an agreement to rebroadcast episodes of two series
from its News Corp. sibling, the Fox television network --24 and
Nathan's Choice -- during the same week they debut over the air.

'This is a first for Travel Channel. We are very excited about working with
NBC to bring this kind of reality programming to the network,' Travel executive
vice president and general manager Steve Cheskin said in a prepared
statement.

'Lost has a compelling travel theme, and it's a great fit with our
programming mission at Travel -- to tell great stories about popular
destinations the world over,' he added.

September