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McPherson on What Might Have Been

July 16, 2008 3:50 PM

Will Ferrell, variety star? It could have happened.

ABC Entertainment President Steve McPherson said on Wednesday that the network had a signed deal with the movie star to host his own Christmas special a few years ago. The special never happened, however.

“He realized how much money he made in features and decided to go do that instead,” Mr. McPherson said.

Mr. McPherson said he’s curious to see how Fox does with its upcoming variety show with the Osbournes. ABC was among the bidders for that show, and it’s still open to the idea of a variety hour “with the right personality and talent,” he said.

—Josef Adalian

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