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TV Notes: 11/20/02

Wednesday, November 20, 2002

By Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV editor

'Grounded' moves to WB

In an unusual midseason switch, Fox's "Grounded for Life" will move to The WB next year. The WB will purchase six new episodes. To make room for those, the network trimmed the episode orders of "Family Affair" and "Do Over" to 19 each.

Coming and going

Fox has ordered two additional episodes of the low-rated sci-fi drama "Firefly."... The WB is expected to cancel "Birds of Prey" this week. The super hero series premiered to high ratings, but fewer viewers have tuned in every subsequent week.

WPXI's holiday shows

WPXI's coverage of the Celebrate the Season Parade will air from 9 to 11 a.m. Nov. 30 on Channel 11. A repeat will air at 7 p.m. that same day on PCNC.

Mickey Mouse will be this year's grand marshal. Additional celebrities include Pittsburgh natives Jonathan Adams ("American Dreams") and Jimmy McGuire ("Jeopardy!"). Caroline Rhea, host of "The Caroline Rhea Show," will also participate.

Channel 11's David Johnson and Peggy Finnegan will host the telecast, with Gina Redmond and John Fedko reporting from the parade route.

Next month the station will broadcast the "WPXI Carol Sing" (7 p.m. Dec. 7) for the 14th consecutive year, with Johnson and Redmond hosting.

Airing live from the corner of Fifth and Wood streets, the telecast will feature a performance by "Days of Our Lives" cast member Kevin Spirtas along with local groups, including the All-Star High School Choir, Vision and Coro Latinoamericano de Pittsburgh.

The "Carol Sing" will be rebroadcast Dec. 22 at 1 p.m. on WPXI and at 9 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. on PCNC.

Buzz on 'The Buzz'

Locally produced kids business show "The Buzz," created by Cindy Iannarelli, continues to air weekdays at 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on the Starz WAM! cable channel.

Iannarelli, director of the Center for Family Business at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, said she's now developing an animated series featuring the computer-animated star of "The Buzz," Bizbee, designed locally by SpaceMonkey Studios.

The new series will feature two 11-minute animated segments in the half-hour show plus a two-minute field trip to a business, a holdover from the original "Buzz" series. Her goal is to have the new series on the air by next fall.

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