TCA Notes

Jul 21, 2003  •  Post A Comment

The season opener of third-year series “24” will air commercial-free, thanks to sponsorship by the Ford Division of The Ford Motor Co., which made a similar deal last year. “24” will premiere Oct. 28, from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. … Fox and America Online have partnered to create “AOL’s `The O.C.’ Music Showcase.” “The Showcase” will premiere a clip of a new music video from a different artist each week during broadcasts of “The O.C.”
ABC Entertainment Chairman Lloyd Braun said he “absolutely” expects Jimmy Kimmel’s six-month-old late-night show to make it past year one, although it hasn’t been officially renewed yet. … ABC picked up a midseason drama from “Party of Five” creators Christopher Keyser and Amy Lippman. Produced by Warner Bros. Television and The Tannenbaum Co., the show is set in an exclusive apartment building in Manhattan. Mr. Keyser, Ms. Lippman, Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum executive produce. … ABC has ordered the sitcom “The Big House,” starring Kevin Hart. Mr. Hart will play a pampered African American man from Malibu who has to move to Philadelphia to live with his working-class relatives after his father loses all his money. David Nevins, Brian Grazer and Stephen Engel executive produce the sitcom from 20th Century Television and Imagine Entertainment.
The WB
Hilary Duff has signed on to star in two music-driven specials. One will be a celebration for her 16th birthday, and the other will be a Christmas special. … Kids’ WB series “Mucha Lucha,” produced by Warner Bros. Animation, is expanding to other platforms with deals in place with sister divisions within AOL Time Warner for a feature film, made-for-video releases, comic books, video games, consumer products and online elements.