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LAT In 90 Seconds

32907089.jpgWill TiVo Save TV? Columnist Scott Collins thinks so. This fall, Nielsen will include more DVR habits in its ratings. Of course, in our home that just means that Seasame Street will become the highest rated prime-time show, but nothing’s perfect.

32907098.jpgPerfect Strangers: Let’s all do the dance of joy! The CW has revived 80s sitcom Perfect Strangers for the post-9/11 crowd. It’s called Aliens In America, and it sounds like perfectly dreadful. Which means it’ll probably be a hit.

125395C.jpgLAT/OCR Cat Fight: The Orange County Register has for years run a feature called My Dog’s Face, which was just a page of photos of readers’ dogs. Well, check out this Copy Cat.

Reality Show News: The Farmer Wants a Wife

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The CW offers city gals the chance to hogtie a husband on a new reality show from Fremantle, The Farmer Wants a Wife. Ten women compete in farm-style challenges– driving the tractor, slopping the hogs, etc.

Predictably, the president of the Nebraska Farmer’s Union is concerned about the image of farmers as hayseeds.

And in other reality show news, job site Reality Staff.com has added forums where production types can violate their NDAs.

In The Trades: Remakes, Retreads, Rewards

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Remaking a Hong Kong movie paid off once, so Oscar-winning writer William Monahan will do it again, adapting Confessions of Pain for Warners. Leonardo DiCaprio will star and produce under his Appian Way company.

The CW offers Hell on Earth as a pilot from CBS Paramount. A mean girl gets hit by a bus, goes to purgatory and is given a second chance but this time on the wrong side of the tracks. From the team that gave us The Shaggy Dog and Raising Helen, who haven’t had an original thought in their entire lives.

Nickelodeon Movies continues the trend with Unicorn, a family comedy centers on a man who wakes up with a unicorn in his apartment. And a horn in his ass.

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Jeffrey Immel, chairman and chief executive of General Electric, parent company of NBC Universal, received $15.2 million in compensation last year, and Bob Wright, who until recently headed NBC Universal, received more than $15.6 million in compensation. The company had an excellent year, according to the compensation committee as quoted in a proxy statement.

Univision will pay $24 million in fines to settle complaints over children’s programming. A group of investors, led by Haim Saban offered $12.3 billion for the network. So, instead of continuing to argue that soap operas in Spanish are, too, educational, the fines will be paid.

Pilot Season, and All the World is Young: Nets Throw Stuff at Wall, Pray Something Sticks

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Pilot season is that magical period when networks and basic cable alike feel a renewed sense of hope. Let’s take a peek:

CBS

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Stephen Dorff as a charming finder of people in LA’s darker corners. If they were in the bright, sunny spots, they wouldn’t be lost.

Viva Laughlin
A guy opens a casino in Laughlin, Nevada, gets involved in a murder. A US version of the BBC musical series Viva Blackpool. Hugh Jackman is supposed to guest in the pilot. Cast bursts into song at frequent intervals.

ABC

Cashmere Mafia
Four New York career gals try to have it all.
Gail Katz is EP, Kevin Wade writes.

Women’s Murder Club
Based on the James Patterson novels, four women, a medical examiner, a reporter, a detective and a lawyer, track down murderers. Brett Ratner is EP/Director. And we all kow what that means.

Oddly enough, these two pilots aren’t about the same four women, but they could be.

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