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Quaid counts 'Days' for Sci Fi

23 December 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Randy Quaid has been tapped to star opposite Timothy Hutton in the upcoming Sci Fi Channel miniseries Five Days to Midnight. The five-hour mini centers on a college professor (Hutton) who learns that he is about to be murdered and has five days to figure out who is trying to kill him. Quaid will play homicide detective Irwin Sikorski, who is enlisted by Hutton to aid his frantic search after he learns that Sikorski will be assigned to investigate his homicide in the not-so-distant future. Quaid joins the cast of Five Days to Midnight after most recently starring in the drama series The Brotherhood of Poland, N.H., which had a short run on CBS this fall. His recent features include the drama Milwaukee, Minnesota and the romantic comedy Carolina. Quaid, an Oscar nominee for 1973's The Last Detail, is repped by Paradigm and attorney Darren Trattnor. »

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Oh, 'Brother': CBS sidelines Kelley series

24 October 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Brotherhood of Poland, N.H., writer-producer David E. Kelley's dramedy about small-town life, has been sent to pasture by CBS. The network is yanking the low-rated series from its 10 p.m. Wednesday berth in favor of various specials for the November sweep. Officially, the network said Brotherhood is on hiatus, but the future of the show from 20th Century Fox Television appears doubtful at best. After receiving a call from the network early Thursday afternoon, Kelley told the cast and crew that production would shut down immediately. The producers had just completed shooting the ninth episode; a total of five episodes aired since the Sept. 24 premiere. Through a spokeswoman, Kelley declined comment. »

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Fox's baseball coverage hits new series Wednesday

9 October 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Fox was hot on Wednesday with its coverage of baseball's post-season playoffs which proved stiff competition for fledgling series on rival networks. Fox's primetime airing of the Chicago Cubs' 12-3 victory over the Florida Marlins in Game 2 of the National League playoff series was a strong draw in total viewers and the adults 18-49 demo that built steadily throughout the night, though reliable rating estimates for the live game coverage won't be available until later today. ABC's The Bachelor and NBC's Law & Order posted solid numbers at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m., respectively, but the extra competition from baseball in the 10 p.m. hour made it slow-going for the second outing of ABC's Karen Sisco and the third airing of CBS' new drama The Brotherhood of Poland, N.H., according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. In the opening hour of primetime, ABC's new 8:30 p.m. sitcom It's All Relative got off to a respectable start, relative to its lead-in. Relative averaged 10.2 million viewers and 3.9 rating/11 share in the adults 18-49 demo, compared to 11 million viewers and 4.2/13 for ABC's 8 p.m. anchor My Wife & Kids. »

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NBC, ABC feast with fresh faves

26 September 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

ABC and NBC scored Wednesday with a slew of season premieres, which proved to be stiff competition for CBS' Big Brother 4 finale and the premiere of David E. Kelley's family drama The Brotherhood of Poland, N.H. NBC narrowly topped ABC for the nightly win in the adults 18-49 demographic (NBC's 6.0 rating/16 share to ABC's 5.9/16), while the peacock also ruled in total viewers (16.6 million) thanks to a huge turnout at 10 p.m. for the 14th-season premiere of Law & Order. The crime drama ranked as the night's most-watched program with an average of 20.9 million viewers and a 7.6/20 in 18-49, which marked the show's highest-ever total-viewer tally for a season premiere. At 9 p.m., NBC's The West Wing also perked up to its best numbers in a year, with its fifth-season bow averaging 18.3 million viewers and a 6.2/16 in the 18-49 bracket. »

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Suit targets new Kelley series

26 June 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A legal tussle has arisen over the title of David E. Kelley's upcoming CBS drama series, The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire. David E. Kelley Prods., 20th Century Fox TV and CBS filed a complaint in federal court in Los Angeles on Wednesday asking for a ruling on whether they are free to use the Brotherhood title in light of copyright-infringement claims raised by a New Hampshire-based talent agency that produced a film titled Brotherhood. In the complaint, 20th and the other plaintiffs maintain that lawyers for Manchester, N.H.-based MJM Prods. and company co-founder Michael MacLeod began sending letters to the studio raising copyright- and trademark-infringement claims regarding the Brotherhood title in April. The complaint also contends that MJM has accused Kelley in letters of misappropriating the "title, theme, idea, characters and story" and of "borrowing heavily from all aspects" of the MJM film for the CBS series. »

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