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TV Note: 9/6/03

Saturday, September 06, 2003

TV flops resurrected

Reports out of Hollywood this week reveal two series with cult followings will be revived in some fashion.

The Joss Whedon-created, short-lived 2002 Fox series "Firefly" will wing its way to the big screen as a movie for Universal Pictures. Production may begin as early as next year.

Seth McFarlane's "Family Guy," canceled a few years back by Fox, will get another shot as an all-new direct-to-video movie within a few years.

(Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor)

'Nip/Tuck' renewed

FX has already ordered a second season of 15 episodes of "Nip/Tuck," its hit summer drama about Miami plastic surgeons. New episodes are expected to air in spring or summer 2004.

(R.O.)

WQED specials

An "On Q" special devoted to the Pittsburgh Symphony's recent European tour will premiere at 7:30 a.m. today and will be rebroadcast tomorrow at 1 p.m. and at 10:30 p.m. Sept. 22. WQED-FM (89.3) station manager Jim Cunningham reports.

"Keeper of the Flame," a "Black Horizons" special featuring the late Frank Bolden, will be rebroadcast at 2 p.m. tomorrow, pre-empting "Tony Brown's Journal" at 2:30 p.m. Bolden, a legendary reporter for the Pittsburgh Courier, died Aug. 28 at the age of 90.

(R.O.)

Sculptor featured

Texas sculptor John Collier, whose six-bronze figure sculptural commission depicting "Christ the Good Shepherd" was unveiled at the Diocese of Greensburg Pastoral Center, Greensburg, in August 2001, will be featured on the program "Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly at 9:30 a.m. today on WQED/TV.

Collier will describe his concept for a Ground Zero memorial commissioned by St. Joseph's Chapel, New York. The program may be viewed during the coming week at www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics.

(Mary Thomas, Post-Gazette Art Critic)

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