No Reubens for fall NBC

Comedy/variety show skedded for mid-season

The Paul Reubens comedy/variety show will no longer be considered for NBC’s fall schedule, but the show will remain in development for midseason, the network confirmed Friday.

NBC previously ordered 13 episodes of the Paul Reubens series from Imagine TV and agreed to pay license fees for all the episodes sight-unseen. But Imagine is still working on scripts, and the series won’t be ready for fall.

The project, which combines elements of a variety show and sitcom, will be heavy on special efffects. Bill D’Angelo is executive producing with Reubens, and production is still expected to begin in May.

Reubens, best known for his character Pee-wee Herman, had tried to develop a sitcom at Carsey-Werner before he hooked up with Imagine, but that project stalled.

NBC also has ordered another John Wells (“ER”) pilot for midseason next year, bringing his total pilot count at NBC to three. “West Wing,” executive produced by Wells and Aaron Sorkin (“An American President,” “A Few Good Men”), is about young staffers at the White House.

Separately, sources said UPN is preparing to swap timeslots for “Star Trek: Voyager” and “The Sentinel” again in April. UPN had hoped switching “Star Trek” to 8 p.m. and “The Sentinel” to 9 p.m. would boost both shows, but the move actually resulted in lower ratings.

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