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ABC Tones Down

ABC Entertainment exec v.p. Allen Sabinson, lambasted by visiting tv critics in the past for some of the net’s fact-based dramas, said ABC won’t be as reliant on “headline-grabbing” stories in the future while keeping to a longform mix of about two dozen telefilms and four miniseries per year.

ABC also unveiled a number of production commitments, including Roseanne Barr’s first telefilm and a remake of the 1955 feature “Night Of The Hunter,” starring Richard Chamberlain. George C. Scott and Bob Newhart also will do vidpix.

In other announcements, “Anything But Love” will replace Columbia Pictures TV’s “Married People” at 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays starting Feb. 6, with “Married” to have its final airing of the season Jan. 30.

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