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May 13, 2002  •  Post A Comment

NBC light on pickups
Los Angeles-With very few holes in its top-rated schedule, NBC is said by talent agency sources to be ordering as few as a half-dozen shows for its fall 2002 prime-time lineup. Among the comedies getting pickups are “Hidden Hills,” “In-Laws” and “Good Morning, Miami.” Dramas said to be ordered for fall are “American Dreams” and “Boomtown.” For midseason, NBC is said to have 13-episode commitments to “Mister Sterling” and “Kingpin.” Also said to be in contention for backup orders are the “Arthur” period drama and sitcoms “It’s Not About Me” and “Romeo Fire.”
ABC goes for 15 shows
Los Angeles-ABC is said to be extending pickup orders to just over 15 shows for fall. According to talent sources, ABC is making comedy orders on “A Few Simples Rules,” the untitled Bonnie Hunt project, “Less Than Perfect,” the untitled Michael Jacobs project, “Regular Joe,” “The Johnny Chronicles” and “I Got You.” Dramas said to get fall orders are “That Was Then,” “Push, Nevada,” “Miracles,” “The Oath,” “Capitol City,” “Veritas” and “Astronauts.”
Koppel puts down FCC
Washington-“Nightline” host Ted Koppel took a swipe at the Federal Communications Commission on Friday, saying it has become “little more than an industry organization now. It hardly impresses its dictates on the industry very much these days.” The agency had far more sway over television network executives 20 or 30 years ago, he said during an appearance at George Washington University. Meanwhile, Koppel is bitter that an anonymous ABC executive said “Nightline” had lost its relevance and that Koppel no longer works hard enough. “What I didn’t like was the trashing of the broadcast,” Mr. Koppel said. “I just didn’t think that was right.”