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‘Showroom’ a no-show on ABC

Several projects were notable by their absence from this year’s development presentations, among them “Showroom”– an ABC show starring Steve Guttenberg from executive producer Glenn Gordon Caron.

This was the first project from Caron, previously producer of “Moonlighting,” under a two-year-old first-look deal with ABC that calls for three series over four years.

An ABC spokesman confirmed that the web passed on the project, which cast Guttenberg as a 1960s car dealer, after a prototype was shot toward fulfilling one of Caron’s 13-episode commitments. The show was produced with Paramount Network TV, where Caron has an overall TV deal.

Other proposed pilots noted here and elsewhere that didn’t make the cut for consideration next fall include “Bangers,” a Columbia Pictures TV-ABC vehicle for controversial comic Andrew Dice Clay; “Monkeyworld,” a Universal project for Fox Broadcasting Co. from two former “The Simpsons” scribes; and two ABC comedies from producers Neal Marlens and Carol Black through Disney — one for comic David Chappelle, the other about a Japanese-American family.

Marlens and Black are producing a pilot featuring comic Ellen DeGeneres for the alphabet web.

CBS has scrubbed Lorimar’s James Garner vehicle “The Shrink,” as reported (Daily Variety, March 24), while one of Norman Lear’s projects for the network, “Blatchford House,” didn’t make CBS’ pilot slate but another, “704 Hauser Street ,” did.

“Lickety Split,” a half-hour sitcom under Shukovsky English Entertainment’s multiseries deal at CBS, is no longer a candidate for fall but will be considered for midseason. The same apparently goes for a TriStar project featuring stage actress Faith Prince, who has a six-episode commitment from the web.

It bears noting that pilots can seldom be counted out entirely and are often recycled. Two NBC projects presented to media buyers earlier this week, for example, are “The 50-Minute Man”– originally developed two seasons ago for Fox — and “Cafe Americain,” which switched studios, starting last year at Twentieth and following exec producer Peter Noah to Lorimar.

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