TV realist: Lucille S. Salhany

When Barry Diller was at Paramount before taking over Fox, he had the notion of developing a new TV version of “Star Trek,” but it didn’t get off the ground.

Garth Ancier, Fox’s first program chief, also liked the idea and when the Fox Network was launched, an attempt was made to interest Paramount again.

“We were trying very hard to get it and we talked about it in the press,” recalls Ancier. “The folks at Paramount said, ‘Hey, that’s a great idea,’ and ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ was the result. Lucie Salhany, who now runs Fox Broadcasting, was the person at Paramount who made sure they didn’t give it to us.”

Lucille S. Salhany joined Fox in 1991 as chairman of Twentieth Television, which produces several shows, including “The Simpsons” and “In Living Color” for the Fox Network, as well as “L.A. Law,””Picket Fences” and the syndicated “A Current Affair.”

At Paramount, besides the “Star Trek” venture, Salhany also supervised production of “The Arsenio Hall Show” and “Entertainment Tonight.”

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