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
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 (www.lifetimetv.com) 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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