LIFETIME Television Announces Two New One-Hour Drama Pilots for Primetime Consideration for Summer 2002

'For the People' Centers around the Political and Personal Lives of a

District Attorney and Her Chief Deputy District Attorney

'Fiona' is Based on the Popular Heroine of Warren Adler's

Acclaimed Mystery Series

Feb 18, 2002, 00:00 ET from LIFETIME Television

    LOS ANGELES, Feb. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- LIFETIME Television has picked up two
 new drama pilots for primetime consideration for Summer 2002, it was announced
 today by Kelly Goode-Abugov, Senior Vice President, Programming, LIFETIME
     Created by Catherine LePard ("7th Heaven") and executive produced by
 Sheldon Pinchuk, Kim Moses & Ian Sanders and LePard for Sheldon Pinchuk
 Productions, "For the People" centers around the life of a liberal-minded
 Chief Deputy District Attorney whose professional world is profoundly shifted
 when a conservative African American District Attorney is elected and becomes
 her new boss.  Academy Award-winning director Peter Werner will direct the
 pilot episode.  From Columbia TriStar Domestic Television, Executive Producer
 Daniel H. Blatt ("Murder on the Orient Express") and creator/producer Ilana
 Bar-Din Giannini ("Picture Perfect") comes "Fiona," based on Warren Adler's
 ("The War of the Roses," "Random Hearts") acclaimed series of mystery novels,
 The Fiona Fitzgerald Mysteries.  Tom McLouglin, whose credits include episodes
 of Lifetime's "Any Day Now" among others, will direct the "Fiona" pilot
     "Both of these pilots would be powerful additions to our successful Sunday
 night lineup," said Goode-Abugov.  "They both have engaging concepts as well
 as strong diverse characters who are accessible and inspirational to women.
 These are qualities that have proven to be successful for LIFETIME in the
 past, and we continue our commitment to that same standard."
     In "For the People," Chief Deputy District Attorney Camille Paris faces
 new career challenges when her newly-elected boss, District Attorney Gail
 Gibson sets a very different tone for the office.  Equally passionate in their
 convictions, but clearly on opposite sides of the ideological fence, Camille
 and Gail forge an often rocky, but mutually respectful working relationship.
 Camille continues to run the country's largest prosecutor's office with her
 own style, but ultimately the buck stops with Gibson.
     "Fiona" revolves around the title character's life as a rookie detective
 in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department.  Raised among the
 ranks of the wealthy Washington establishment, Fiona uses both her instincts
 and her affluent upbringing to navigate her investigations, which cover
 everything from the highest levels of D.C. society and politics, to the
 hardened depths of the streets.
     Columbia TriStar Domestic Television, which also produces the LIFETIME
 Television drama "Strong Medicine," produces and distributes top-rated,
 award-winning programming in every genre, for every time period and for every
 television venue - syndication, broadcast network primetime and daytime, cable
 network primetime and family entertainment.  This diverse slate includes the
 network primetime series "The King of Queens," "The Guardian," "Family Law,"
 "Ripley's Believe It or Not!," "Dawson's Creek" and "Pasadena," and daytime
 dramas "Days of Our Lives" and "The Young and The Restless."  In syndication,
 it produces and distributes "Ricki Lake," "Judge Hatchett," "Shipmates,"
 "V.I.P.," "Sheena" and the upcoming "Pyramid;" in addition, it produces
 syndication's #1 and #2-rated series, "Wheel of Fortune" and "Jeopardy!"  CTDT
 family programming includes "Dragon Tales," the #1-rated pre-school series;
 "Jackie Chan Adventures," "Harold and The Purple Crayon" and "Heavy Gear,"
 plus the upcoming "Spider Man: The Animated Series" and "Stuart Little: The
 Animated Series."
     LIFETIME is the #1 cable television network in primetime and total day,
 and the leader in women's television.  LIFETIME is committed to offering the
 highest quality entertainment and information programming, and advocating a
 wide range of issues affecting women and their families.  Launched in 1984,
 LIFETIME serves over 84 million households nationwide, available on more than
 11,000 cable systems and alternative delivery systems.  LIFETIME launched a
 24-hour sister service, the Lifetime Movie Network, in 1998, and a second
 sister service, Lifetime Real Women, launched in August 2001.  On the web,
 Lifetime Online ( features informational resources and
 interactive entertainment.  All four services, LIFETIME Television, Lifetime
 Movie Network, Lifetime Real Women and Lifetime Online, are part of LIFETIME
 Entertainment Services, a 50/50 joint venture of The Hearst Corporation and
 The Walt Disney Company.
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