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Turner vows to get more original

11 July 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Turner Broadcasting System executives pledged to become more aggressive about developing original series for their general entertainment networks Thursday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour. TBS chairman and CEO Phil Kent emphasized the importance of adding a few original series in the coming years to top-rated basic cable channels TBS Superstation and TNT, the latter of which currently subsists entirely on acquired drama series, sports and original and theatrical movies. "We know that a big part of our mission going forward is to accelerate our efforts in the original-series business, and we're starting to spend a lot of time out here now doing that," said Kent, who declined to elaborate on any specific projects in development. Despite its ratings momentum, TNT has been criticized in recent years for making few strides on the original-series front. Two short-lived series, Bull and Witchblade, met with mixed results; a third, Breaking News, never made it to air despite the completion of a full season of episodes. »

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