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MCA TV and Universal Television have signed writer/director George Gallo to helm four original action telepix based on the theatrical hit “Midnight Run” for the new Universal Action Network.

Aside from “Midnight Run,” Gallo’s theatrical credits include “Wise Guys” and “29th Street.” The previously announced “Action Network” project will consist of 24 telefilms based on six previous theatrical films.

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Viacom has renewed “The Montel Williams Show” for the 1993-94 season in 90 markets covering 75% of the U.S., including 26 of the top 30 markets. Renewals include WNYW, New York; KCOP and WPWR in Chicago. The cash-plus-barter program is currently seen in 113 markets (including 47 of the top-50) encompassing 86% of the country.

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