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How Fox Got Two Sitcoms From 'the Competition' : Television: After spending millions on a pair of shows that didn't fit into their fall lineups, CBS and NBC executives ignored the rules and sold them.


"That's an accepted part of the feature development process," noted Scott Siegler, president of Columbia Pictures Television, which is a partner in both "Rachel Gunn" and "The Powers That Be." "That's been less true in television, and I don't think any of us quite knew why. From an economic and professional point of view, it made no sense. You spend a lot of time and money developing these things, and the idea that they wouldn't be useful to other networks is a little crazy.

"The Holy Grail has always been: How do we make this business more economical? There are a lot of attempts, and I think this is one of them," Siegler said. "I think it also represents a maturing of the business. It's a more sensible approach to doing business. If someone sees a show that will work on their network, pride of development is a silly kind of egotism that most executives don't feel makes much sense anymore."

In addition to loosening trade restrictions for series under development, the networks are also developing more in-house series, commissioning fewer pilots during the development season and ordering fewer episodes once they've decided to pick up a series--all in the name of returning profits to network television.

"The network business is more businesslike now," Siegler said, "and it's not as much an old-fashioned monopoly. They're operating on more sensible business and creative levels."

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Saturday June 27, 1992 Home Edition Calendar Part F Page 2 Column 1 Entertainment Desk 1 inches; 27 words Type of Material: Correction
Wrong credit-- Katharine Green created the Fox television series "Rachel Gunn, R.N.," not the Fox series "Woops!," as was stated in a Calendar story Friday. "Woops!" was created by Gary Jacobs.

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