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TV Notes: ABC puts 'Sports Night' episodes on deck

Thursday, April 27, 2000

By Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor

First ABC announced "Sports Night" would end its season April 4 with two episodes remaining unaired, leading to speculation that the show would not return in the fall.

Then on Wednesday, ABC announced plans to air those two episodes in May, even though the network has pulled the series during previous sweeps months. "Talk to Me," which replaced "Sports Night" at 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, will get yanked. Season-to-date, "Talk to Me" ranks No. 48 in households, "Sports Night" is No. 51.

What gives? Your guess is good as mine. Both shows are in the same Nielsen ballpark, so maybe ABC figured it's better to compete with a critical and fan hit than a stinker like "Talk to Me."

It's also possible other networks -- reportedly HBO, NBC and TNT -- are serious about picking up "Sports Night" and perhaps that's giving ABC second thoughts about letting the show go.

The two remaining "Sports Night" episodes -- about the sale of the fictional sports show's parent company -- will air May 9 and 16.

FOR SALE: Want to buy Dylan's comb? How about one of Donna's bras? They just might be available as www.AsSeenIn.com auctions off the props and costumes from Fox's "Beverly Hills, 90210."

Pittsburgher Steven Blumenfeld is vice president of business development for the Web site, which is a subsidiary of Spelling Entertainment, producer of "90210." He said bidding begins Monday, with new items introduced every few days until the show's finale May 17.

Why would viewers want to own the Walsh family mailbox or Kelly's wedding dress from her infuriatingly no-go marriage to Brandon?

Blumenfeld said Spelling hears from viewers all the time wondering where they can get the things they see on the show, particularly clothing.

"This show has been on for a bunch of years and really carved out a very special and devoted audience," Blumenfeld said. "So we thought, let's do it right and make everything available."

Even if you don't remember when Oscar-winner Hilary Swank played Carly on "90210," you can still bid on the character's dresser.

Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Save the Children charity.

REMEMBRANCE: Dan Love, a 16-year-old Allderdice High School sophomore, will see his film about a Squirrel Hill couple's Holocaust experiences broadcast Sunday at 4 p.m. on WQED.

How'd he manage the coup? He just took a meeting with WQED president George Miles.

In 1998 Dan, whose father is an independent filmmaker who once worked on National Geographic programs at WQED, was contacted by Moshe and Malka Baran, who wanted their experiences during World War II documented. They contacted Dan after learning about his sister Julia's film about Pittsburgh women who built gliders during World War II.

Dan's film, "A Look in the Eyes of Resistance," was completed last year. Dan said Miles heard about the film and contacted him.

Dan wrote the documentary with another Pittsburgher, Henry J. Simonds, a recent Middlebury College graduate who also edited the half-hour production.

Originally, the film was only going to be about Moshe's resistance efforts, but Dan realized the film would be stronger with Malka's memories, too.

"I think she is more the spiritual aspect of resistance, and he's the actual physical aspect who fought with the partisan groups," Dan said.

This weekend, Dan will be the only senior high school student to receive the Young Humanitarian Award from the Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education for his film.

Sunday on WQED, Dan's program will be followed at 4:30 p.m. by "In Our Own Hands: The Hidden Story of the Jewish Brigade in World War II," about an all-Jewish British unit. Tuesday is Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day.

CANCELED: The WB has pulled the plug on low-rated Washington drama "D.C." Its Sunday night time slot will be filled with "Charmed" reruns. ... The syndicated "Ainsley Harriot Show" (1 p.m. weekdays on WPXI) won't return for a second season.

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