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Feb 19, 2003  •  Post A Comment

Kaplan heads back to ABC

It’s official, former CNN/U.S. President Rick Kaplan, who built a larger-than-life reputation as an award-winning producer during 18 years at ABC News, is returning to his old haunts at ABC News on the eve of an expected war on Iraq. Mr. Kaplan has a three-month assignment to oversee special-events coverage (EMonline Feb. 12). “This looks to be a particularly busy time for all of us covering the news,” said ABC News President David Westin in an e-mail to ABC News staffers Wednesday afternoon. “[Rick Kapln has] proven his ability at producing and overseeing live television news coverage. He’s eager to get back in the game and he can add his skill and experience to our exceptional team.”

Mr. Kaplan, who headed CNN/U.S. from 1997 to 2000, will report to Mr. Westin.

TNN show attempts to appeal to younger audience: The New TNN, taking aim at the younger male viewers that are its designated target audience, has green lighted “The Funkmaster Flex Show,” in which hip hop DJ Funkmaster Flex will take viewers inside the world of car culture and celebrity, and “Crash Test,” in which guys compete to see who is the ultimate party crasher. Both series are scheduled to join the lineup this Fall.

Fox orders sitcom pilot: Fox picked up a sitcom pilot from Tollin/Robbins and Warner Bros. TV. The series is about twentysomething fraternal brother and sister twins who become roommates after six years apart. Executive producers are Michael Glauberman, Andrew Orenstein, Brian Robbins, Michael Tollin and Joe Davola. #