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ABC was plotting an extensive makeover of its primetime lineup during the weekend, while the WB Network was looking at more modest changes to accommodate an eclectic batch of new series. Both networks will present their 2003-04 lineups to advertisers Tuesday in New York. On the comedy side, ABC has picked up the Faith Ford-Kelly Ripa starrer Hope and Faith, from Touchstone TV and Industry Entertainment; It's All Relative, from Paramount Network TV/Touchstone TV/Storyline Entertainment; The Big House (previously the untitled Kevin Hart project) from 20th Century Fox TV/Imagine TV; and the 20th TV/Brad Grey TV untitled Tom Hertz sitcom for midseason. Sources said ABC was planning to revive its TGIF family-friendly branding initiative for its Friday night lineup, with some new additions anchored by returning comedies George Lopez and Life With Bonnie. There also was talk that the Wonderful World of Disney telefilm showcase would move from the Sunday 7-9 p.m. berth, possibly to Saturday. And at long last the jury has returned on The Practice. David E. Kelley's Emmy-winning drama has been picked up for an eighth season after lengthy negotiations between the network and 20th Century Fox TV. Sources said the deal calls for the network to cut the show's license fee by at least half -- ABC had been paying an estimated $6.5 million per episode -- but the show is guaranteed a return to its old Sunday 10 p.m. time slot after suffering through a disastrous move to Monday 9 p.m. in late January. Also making the cut is the Dick Wolf remake of Dragnet, which inherited Practice's Sunday 10 p.m. slot for its debut but is now believed to be headed to a tougher neighborhood, Saturday 10 p.m.


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