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Feb 10, 2003  •  Post A Comment

Although Telepictures has yet to officially drop the ax on long-running talk show “Jenny Jones,” that hasn’t stopped a number of cable executives from calling the hostess with offers after reports surfaced last week that the series is in jeopardy of cancellation.
Ms. Jones confirmed that she was listening to offers.
“After 12 years and over 2,000 shows I can’t imagine myself not working,” she said. “What would I do? Stay home and watch talk shows?”
NBC sued over `Star’
NBC is being sued by a company that is claiming the network stole its idea for a reality show. In a suit filed last week in Los Angeles Superior Court, James Pascucci, president of Hollywood Screen Test of America, said he pitched NBC a show called “Hollywood Screen Test” that would pit aspiring male and female actors against each other in acting challenges to vie for a role in a feature film. Soon after NBC passed on the project, NBC greenlighted a show called “Next Action Star,” which will attempt to discover the next male and female action stars and award them roles in an NBC movie.
Hollywood Screen Test claims that NBC stole its concept and that it is owed more than $25 million in damages, according to the suit. NBC Studios and parent company General Electric Co. are also named in the suit. “NBC believes that their claims are meritless,” said an NBC spokesperson.
`Anna’ a live one
“The Anna Nicole Show” will return to E! Entertainment Television for a second season March 2 with a live episode.
The live second-season premiere airs from 10 p.m. to 10:33 p.m. (ET). Subsequent shows during the new season will follow Ms. Smith through acting lessons and hypnosis.