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Nov 12, 2001  •  Post A Comment

WB orders full `Off Centre’ season
The WB ordered nine more episodes of freshman Sunday comedy “Off Centre,” giving it a full season’s order of 22 episodes. Joining the Frog Network’s sophomore 9:30 p.m. (ET) sitcom “Nikki” in getting a full season’s commitment, “Off Centre” has averaged a 1.5 rating in persons 12 to 34 for its first four weeks on the air (Oct. 14-Nov. 4). Sources close to The WB also said the network is inclined to let freshman 8:30 p.m. sitcom “Men, Women & Dogs” (from Paramount Network Television and also averaging a 1.5 rating in persons 12 to 34) finish out its 13-episode run, then might bring back “For Your Love” as a midseason replacement.
The WB may also tinker with other Sunday changes later this season when “The Steve Harvey Show” finishes out its 13-episode run. A spokesman for The WB said the network has yet to decide on any further extension for “Harvey,” which is in its fifth season on the Frog Network.
It’s Garth times three for sweeps
CBS is scheduling a trio of hour-long live concerts headlined by country superstar Garth Brooks to fill its 10 p.m.-to-11 p.m. (ET) Wednesday time slot on Nov. 14, 21 and 28 during the critical sweeps period. Filling in for the now-canceled drama “Wolf Lake,” each of the “Garth Brooks: Coast to Coast Live” specials will originate from a different city in the United States. Mr. Brooks stops first at The Forum in Los Angeles on Nov. 14, followed on the subsequent Wednesday by a concert aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (as it returns to Norfolk, Va., from active duty in the Middle East). The site of the Nov. 28 show will remain undisclosed until closer to its airdate. Guest stars for all three shows will be revealed closer to their respective broadcasts. “Garth Brooks Coast to Coast Live” will be produced by Picture Vision Pictures. Jon Small is the producer, and Don Lepore is the supervising producer.
Moran leaving `ET’
Longtime “Entertainment Tonight” fixture Julie Moran is on her way out of the Paramountdistributed newsmagazine after the syndicator opted not to renew her contract. Ms. Moran, who currently serves as “ET’s” primary substitute anchor, weekend anchor and senior correspondent, is now in her seventh season with the show. Her contract expires at the end of the month. Ms. Moran joined “Entertainment Tonight” in May 1994 as the show’s New York anchor and correspondent while simultaneously pulling anchor duties for “ABC’s Wide World of Sports.” In 1995 she shifted to “ET’s” Los Angeles headquarters, where she assumed her current duties.
Feldman makes early exit from Pariah
Richard Feldman, president and partner in Gavin Polone’s Pariah Productions, has left the boutique network production company after just four months on the job. Pariah has been left somewhat in limbo as its exclusive deal with Columbia TriStar Television remains clouded by Sony Corp. of America’s decision to soon phase out future scripted program development for the networks.
While confirming Mr. Feldman’s departure last week, Mr. Polone declined to comment whether the tenuous status of Columbia TriStar, or any other developments, played a role in the parting of ways between longtime friends and co-workers.
“I just don’t want to get any further into it,” Mr. Polone said. Mr. Feldman, who previously served as president of Lorne Michaels’ SNL Studios and once worked with Mr. Polone as a talent agent at International Creative Management, was unreachable for comment.
In the meantime, Mr. Polone, who also serves as executive producer of The WB’s hit drama “The Gilmore Girls,” is pushing forward with his current slate of 15 development projects-10 dramas and five comedies-getting script commitments from the broadcast and cable networks for the 2002-03 season.
Fox’s Grushow to be honored
The Caucus for Television Producers, Writers & Directors Foundation named Sandy Grushow, chairman of Fox Television Entertainment Group, its Executive of the Year. Mr. Grushow will receive the award at a black-tie dinner Jan. 17 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.