Twentieth Mulls ‘Flashpoint’ Launch

With half-hour early fringe shows a tough sell, Twentieth TV is re-evaluating whether it will take “Flashpoint” with attorney Leslie Abramson into the syndication marketplace next fall.

Twentieth is said to be looking into other distribution outlets, including CNN and a Sunday afternoon network berth, for the program described as a tabloid strip version of “Nightline.”

A Twentieth spokeswoman declined comment, but sources said there should be a decision on the future of the high-profile series by the end of next week.

Fox TV president David Evans is out of the country and new Twentieth TV prez Rick Jacobson won’t arrive in the post until Dec. 18. His predecessor, newly named MCA TV Group chairman Greg Meidel, is winding up business. His final day on the job is Dec. 15, with his new MCA duties beginning Jan. 2.

The Fox syndie wing has been pitching a 30-minute pilot of “Flashpoint” to stations and reps for the past several weeks.

The second-guessing seems to stem from the reality of the marketplace rather than the quality of the pilot. Twentieth officials are said to be high on Abramson.

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