Fox O&Os buy 20th’s ‘Bodies’

Twentieth Television has sold its new firstrun, half-hour teen comedy “Student Bodies” to the 12 Fox-owned stations, reaching 22% of the country.

“Student Bodies” is the first new firstrun show Twentieth TV is taking into the market for fall 1997. The Fox stations have ordered 26 episodes, and sources say the 10 New World stations will also probably clear the show after News Corp. completes its purchase of New World. That will give Twentieth TV an impressive 40% clearance list going into NATPE.

“Student Bodies” is being sold for barter, with a 50-50 split, for weekly timeslots, although it may be stripped after enough episodes are produced (Daily Variety, Sept. 4).

The sitcom is live-action with animated segments, and it revolves around a group of high school students who create an underground comic book that parodies life at their school. Shot entirely in Canada, production by Telescene Entertainment Inc. Film Group begins early next year.

“Student Bodies” will star Jamie Elman, Nicole Lyn, Ross Hull, Katie Emme, Erin Simms, Miklos Perlus and Jessica Goldapple. The series was created by Michael Klinghoffer, Judy Spencer and Alan Silberberg.Michael Yudin and Klinghoffer are executive producers, and John MacDonald is co-executive producer. Michael Lemire of Cine-Group in Montreal will direct the animation sequences.

Stations that have bought the show are: WNYW New York, KTTV Los Angeles, WFLD Chicago, WTXF Philadelphia, WFXT Boston, WTTG Washington, D.C., KRIV Houston, KDVR Denver, KSTU Salt Lake City, WHBQ Memphis, WGHP Greensboro and WBRC Birmingham. If New World stations buy the series, as expected, “Student Bodies” will also be cleared in Dallas, Atlanta, Detroit and Cleveland, among other large markets.

“Student Bodies” revolves around students who create a comic book that lampoons high school life.

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