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May 21, 2001  •  Post A Comment

Sun sets for several shows
It is time to bid adieu to some network TV shows-some deservedly canceled and others that may have been unfairly caught in the crossfire of the scheduling wars.
With mixed feelings and mixed ratings, ABC said goodbye to the critically received “Gideon’s Crossing,” the modestly rated “Geena” and “Norm.” ABC also finally disposed of “Two Guys and a Girl.”
Almost annually describing it as “the show that can’t be killed,” CBS Entertainment President Leslie Moonves finally found a way to part with “Diagnosis Murder” on a weekly basis. But “Diagnosis” will find a way to bring back the drama for occasional special made-for-TV movie revivals. Also getting the gate was “Nash Bridges,” but it may have been more of the studio’s decision in balking on paying more than $2 million per episode to produce for a sixth season.
Fox came out unscathed, but one has to wonder whether “Boot Camp” will make a return call next season.
NBC dropped pink slips on two sitcoms, “The Weber Show” and “The Fighting Fitzgeralds.”
UPN said farewell to “Moesha” after a healthy six-year run. “Star Trek: Voyager” also made its long-planned May sweeps series bow while modestly received dramas “Seven Days,” “Level 9” and “All Souls” were shown the door. It is also expected that the rejected reality series “Chains of Love” will be unlinked.
The WB also took out the broom on dramas “Popular” and “Jack & Jill.” Long-planned for an exit at The WB was “The Jamie Foxx Show,” while “The PJs” got its walking papers from its second network. (Fox had canceled it previously.)
3 new Fox TV Studios shows picked up
Fox Television Studios, the independentlike production system set up to oversee Regency Television and Greenblatt Janollari Studio, had three new series pickups to rank it eighth among the major Hollywood studio suppliers with six series in prime time overall for next season.
Working in tandem with top-ranked studio supplier 20th Century Fox Television, FTVS’s Regency Television has co-productions on CBS’s “Education of Max Bickford,” NBC’s “UC: Undercover” and Fox’s comedy “The Bernie Mac Show,” among its new series pickups. That is on top of FTVS scoring series renewals for “Roswell” (now with UPN), “Malcolm in the Middle” (Fox) and “The Hughleys” (UPN).
“For a young company like ours, it really means a lot to have `Malcolm’ and `Roswell’ heading into third years and `The Hughleys’ into a fourth year as we start realizing their potential in the off-network [syndication] market,” said David Grant, president of Fox Television Studios. “Malcolm” is expected to be the single most important A-list sitcom to enter the hit-starved syndication market in fall 2002 or 2003-depending on when Twentieth Television decides to trigger its TV station sales campaign.
Marcia Clark fits like a glove on `Power’
As had been expected in recent weeks, Twentieth Television has turned former prosecutor Marcia Clark, known for her work on the O.J. Simpson trial, from temp to permanent fixture on “Power of Attorney.” After a successful guest appearance that spiked ratings in a number of metered markets, including a 67 percent jump in New York, the syndicator has opted to sign Ms. Clark as a regular on the strip next season.
CTTD ups five sales executives
Columbia TriStar Television Distribution has promoted five longtime sales executives. These promotions follow CTTD’s recent restructuring of its sales executive management in which Joe Kissack, John Rohrs and John Weiser were named executive vice presidents to head all local market, cable and broadcast network efforts.
Dirk Johnston has been named senior vice president, Southwestern region, and will continue to manage the Dallas sales office. Steve Maddox has been appointed senior vice president, Southeastern region. Tom Warner will now head the Chicago office as senior vice president, Midwestern region. Jeff Wolf has been tapped as senior vice president, Northeastern region and business development, and will manage the New York office. Mark Wurtzel will now manage CTTD’s Los Angeles office as vice president, Western region.