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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.

June 26, 1992|DANIEL CERONE | TIMES STAFF WRITER

"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."

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.

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."

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