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Mar 19, 2001  •  Post A Comment

Family pilots get boost
Los Angeles-The Family Friendly Programming Forum, whose ad consortium provided script funding for the development of The WB’s “Gilmore Girls” drama, is said to have read and recommended up to eight pilot projects in development at ABC, CBS and The WB (see chart, pages 15-17). Like CBS, new consortium participant ABC is said to have received an early Forum thumbs-up for family drama “Being Brewster,” from Touchstone Television. Other rumored candidates for Forum funding: The WB’s “Murphy’s Dozen,” from Warner Bros. Television and New Line Television, and CBS’s “Destiny,” from noted director-writer John Herzfeld, Big Ticket Television and CBS Productions.
Representatives for the Forum declined to identify any recommended scripts, and officials at The WB, ABC and CBS did not return repeated calls to either confirm or deny the funded projects on the preliminary development slates.
PBS plans layoffs
Washington-Lower revenues, reduced underwriting, fewer video sales and a dearth of advertisers for its online sites have led PBS to slash about 9 percent of its work force. The network announced March 15 that it has eliminated 60 positions, 20 of which were vacant, in all departments. The cuts are part of a larger, three-year strategic plan that will be reviewed at PBS’s board of directors meeting here March 29.
Finding Home in New York
New York-Home & Garden Television moves to full-time carriage on Time Warner Cable of New York starting April 2, officials said. HGTV is being added to Time Warner’s DTV cable package. Time Warner has carried HGTV part time from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. in its expanded basic package, splitting a cable slot with Bravo.