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7 potentially awesome shows canceled before they premiered

1 July 2014 11:38 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

You know how sometimes you go to Chipotle and you’re midway through having the guy build your burrito—then you realize you’ve made a terrible mistake? Maybe you should have gone for the chicken instead of the beef, or a wheat tortilla instead of white, or perhaps you finally decide you don’t even like Chipotle in the first place. This also happens to TV executives when ordering shows.

Sometimes, even after slogging through months of development, script revisions, a pilot order, a series order, and even announcing a premiere date, executives will still stop and go: Wait, »

- James Hibberd

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Larry Joachim, Distributor of Kung Fu Films, Dies at 88

2 January 2014 4:45 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Film and television producer and distributor Laurence “Larry” Joachim died in Beverly Hills on Nov. 17. He was 88.

Joachim was an innovator in the radio and television “plug business,” a term he used for product placement and gifts given or won on gameshows.

In 1974 and 1976 Joachim produced and distributed for and with 20th Century Fox and his companies Trans National Film and Jmj Productions two movie versions of the TV series “The Green Hornet” with Bruce Lee as Kato.

As an independent distributor he founded and ran Trans National Film Corp., Televentures Corp. and Trans Continental Film Corp. He released Chuck Norris action pic “Breaker Breaker,” produced and distributed Jim Kelly starrer “Black Samurai” and distributed Sonny Chiba’s “The Executioner” and “The Assassin.” He also produced and distributed “The Wild West,” a compilation documentary featuring the Republic Pictures Westerns starring John Wayne and others, and he introduced Jackie Chan to a U. »

- Variety Staff

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