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Jan 27, 2003  •  Post A Comment

WB grabs ‘Queens’
The WB picked up a comedy pilot based on the “Sweet Potato Queens” series of books. The books detail author Jill Conner Browne’s philosophy on life, love, friendships and fun. The sitcom, which will be geared toward The WB’s younger audience, will be executive produced and written by Pamela Eells, who was co-executive producer of “Mad About You,” “The Nanny” and “Ellen.” Michigan J. Productions and Ms. Eells’ Bon Mot Inc. are producing the series. Consulting producers are Ms. Browne, Lindy DeKoven and Kyle Jennings.
Nets, pollsters near deal
New York-The partners who recently dissolved Voter News Service are close to commissioning veteran pollsters Warren Mitofsky of Mitofsky International and Joe Lensky of Edison Media Research to design and conduct exit polls on general election and early presidential primary days in 2004. Sources familiar with the negotiations between the pollsters and the Associated Press and the news divisions of ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox and NBC said the group is prepared to pay about $10 million for the data, which would help project races and explain why people voted as they did through 2004. Sources also said the principals are negotiating options to renew through 2006 and 2008.
Jean re-inks at 20th
Los Angeles-Al Jean, executive producer and showrunner of “The Simpsons,” has signed a new deal with 20th Century Fox TV. The agreement grants Mr. Jean a development deal with the studio in addition to guaranteeing him a minimum of two more seasons in his roles on the Fox Network’s long-running animated hit.