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Aug 19, 2002  •  Post A Comment

Voice, animation Emmys announced
HBO grabbed three of the four Emmys in the voice-over performance and individual achievement in animation categories, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced last week. These juried award categories, which have no nominations, will be presented at the 2002 Primetime Creative Arts Awards on Saturday, Sept. 14, at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, one night before the 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards are telecast on NBC.
Voice-over performance Emmys were awarded to Pamela Segall Adlon for her roles as Bobby Hill, Clark Peters and Chane Wasonasong in the “Bobby Goes Nuts” episode of Fox’s “King of the Hill.” Peter Macon received an Emmy for his narration for the “John Henry the Steel Driving Man” episode of HBO’s “Animated Tales of the World.” Emmys for individual achievement in animation were awarded to Maciek Albrecht, for production design and animation of “The Christmas Song,” “Feliz Navidad” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” segments of HBO’s `”Twas the Night” holiday special. Andrey Zolotukhin also grabbed an Emmy statuette for production design of the episode “John Henry the Steel Driving Man” of HBO’s “Animated Tales of the World.”
Showtime pilot gets go-ahead
Showtime has given a pilot green light to the tentatively titled “Out of Order,” about a Hollywood screenwriting couple whose marriage is in crisis. The pilot for a potential 2003 series will star Eric Stoltz (“Killing Zoe”), Felicity Huffman (“Sports Night”), Kim Dickens (“Hollow Man”) and Justine Bateman (“Family Ties”).
Showtime also said it has renewed “The Chris Isaak Show” for a third 13-episode season. Production on new episodes will start in January.
`Man Show’ hit with lawsuit
A Los Angeles man is suing Comedy Central’s “The Man Show” for allegedly “surreptitiously” taping and airing a segment in which an actor for the show convinced the plaintiff’s girlfriend to “blow up” an inflatable device at the beach while the actor made “lewd sexual comments to her.” The suit, filed Aug. 8 in Los Angeles Superior Court by noted feminist attorney Gloria Allred on behalf of Los Angeles native Patrick Finnegan and his unidentified female companion, claims Mr. Finnegan did not consent to the taping, but found out later that the segment aired on the show. Claiming misappropriation of likeness and unfair business practices, the suit names Comedy Central co-owners Viacom and Time Warner Entertainment and series producer Stone Stanley Entertainment.
20th deal with Original TV
Neal Moritz and Marty Adelstein’s Original Television production banner has been signed by 20th Century Fox Television to an exclusive two-year program development and production deal. Under the terms of the pact, Original Television will develop and produce series programming for all the networks in association with 20th Century Fox Television. Additionally, Fox studio-based producer Dawn Parouse will join Original Television as president, overseeing the venture on behalf of the two companies.
`Ali & Jack’ sold in N.Y., L.A.
King World has confirmed that future daytime strip “Living it Up! With Ali & Jack” has been sold to WCBS-TV in New York and KCBS-TV in Los Angeles. Both are CBS-owned stations. The series, to debut in fall 2003, will feature co-hosts Alexandra Wentworth and Jack Ford and will offer a live broadcast at 9 a.m. each weekday from New York. Stations also would have the option of repeating the show later in the day. Currently, “Martha Stewart Living” airs in that time slot.
Short takes
Kevin Levy has been promoted to UPN director of program planning and scheduling from manager of scheduling at UPN. … Sonja Piper Dosti has been named senior VP of drama development at UPN. Ms. Dosti, who will take her post Aug. 19, was most recently senior VP of drama programming for Studios USA Television. … Lee Straus has been promoted to VP of business affairs at NBC Studios, from director of business affairs at NBC Studios. … Maria Lopez-Alvarez, VP and director of news/ entertainment programs, and Sylvia Rosabal-Ley, VP and director of news coverage, have been named to jointly oversee Univision Network’s news division. Both will become VPs and co-news directors.