Fox stations sign on for Lee’s ‘V.I.P.’

The Fox-owned stations have signed on for the new Pamela Lee syndie action-hour, “V.I.P.,” from Columbia TriStar Television Distribution. (Daily Variety, Aug. 13)

The sweeping two-year deal gives the show a berth on all 22 of the Fox O&Os, which cover some 40% of U.S. TV households and 12 of the top 20 markets. “V.I.P.,” starring Lee as the head of a private security firm that caters to the rich and famous, marks CTTD’s entry into the competitive firstrun syndie drama arena.

“This is a very important show for us,” said Barry Thurston, president of CTTD. “We had multiple offers from major station groups, but we think it’s a natural fit with Fox.”

Set for a fall 1998 bow, “V.I.P.” (Valerie Irons Protection) will be executive produced by J.F. Lawton, a writer-producer whose credits include the features “Pretty Woman,” “Under Siege” and “The Hunted.” Lee will play Valerie Irons, the security agency topper who’s a budding celebrity in her own right.

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