Fox, Disney halt ‘Sinbad’ prod’n

Fox Broadcasting Co. and Walt Disney TV have temporarily halted production on “The Sinbad Show” and, as a result, delayed the series’ premiere from Aug. 26 until mid-September.

Officials were reportedly disappointed with the first two episodes and have asked Michael Jacobs, exec producer of the Disney series “Dinosaurs,””Where I Live” and”Boy Meets World,” to come in as a script doctor and look for ways to improve the pilot.

A studio spokeswoman denied reports of any further behind-the-scenes changes, saying exec producers Larry Strawther and Gary Murphy (“Night Court”) would remain with the show.

The series, starring the standup comic and former “A Different World” regular , Sinbad, as a bachelor who becomes the foster father to two kids, was sold without a pilot. The two initial episodes will be reshot, and it’s unclear how much of either episode will still be used.

“Sinbad” is now scheduled to make its debut Sept. 16 in its 8:30 p.m. Thursday time period following “The Simpsons,” which will have its season premiere two weeks later.

In the interim, Fox will air repeats of the premiere and second episode of the new Warner Bros. TV sitcom “Living Single” (formerly “My Girls”) on Aug. 26 and Sept. 9 and rerun the third-season premiere of “Roc” on Sept. 2.

Jacobs has an exclusive overall deal with Disney TV and, in addition to his three ABC series, developed a recent Fox pilot, “First Family,” that wasn’t picked up.

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