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TV Note: 10/23/02

Wednesday, October 23, 2002

By Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor

'Firefly' pilot to air

Despite ratings that are nearing cancellation territory, Fox has scheduled the previously unaired original "Firefly" pilot for Dec. 20 at 8 p.m.

"Firefly" creator Joss Whedon wrote and directed the two-hour pilot, which introduced the show's characters and told the story of how they came to be aboard a spaceship together. Fox executives found it too slow and asked for a new premiere episode with more action and humor, which is what aired when the series debuted last month.

'Trauma' in Pittsburgh

TLC's docudrama "Trauma: Life in the E.R." returned to film at Allegheny General Hospital earlier this year and the results of that shoot will turn up as the series begins its seventh season next month.

In "Night Calls" (8 p.m. Nov. 4), director of shock trauma Dr. Aurelio Rodriguez will attempt to save a man injured in a car accident, Dr. Ryan Flesher tries to save a patient who overdosed on drugs and Dr. Melissa McLane helps an elderly woman with a shoulder fracture.

In the second episode, "Life Support" (8 p.m. Nov. 25), trauma surgeon Dr. Earl Scott will treat and counsel a young man shot in the abdomen and Dr. Kim Zaiser comes to the aid of a gymnast who dislocated his finger while performing with Cirque du Soleil.

'Caroline' in the city

New talk show host Caroline Rhea will be in Pittsburgh on Friday for an open casting call. She's conducting a talent search for "Now That's Talent," an "American Idol"-like segment on "The Caroline Rhea Show" (11 a.m. weekdays on WPXI). The winner will receive a Dodge Durango and the opportunity to open for Rhea one night at a comedy club in the winner's hometown.

Rhea will host the auditions of "any extraordinary talent" from 10 a.m. to noon at The Pittsburgh Improv, 166 E. Bridge St., at the Waterfront in Homestead. Participants must be at least 18 years old. For details, visit www.carolinerhea.com.

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