Inside Move: Sex, talk, rock hosts perk 20th

Development builds following News Corp.-Chris Craft deal

Twentieth Television is hoping to stir up its development slate with “Talk Soup” alum John Henson. Former MTV veejay Kennedy and sexpert Dr. Drew Pinsky are also on the studio’s roster.

Twentieth has made an offer to Henson to star in a potential latenight syndie strip or a weekly to follow “Mad TV.” The show is based on a concept developed by Montecito Valley Prods. (MVP), which has an exclusive production deal at Twentieth.

Studio also is developing a tete-a-tete style talker with former MTV veejay Kennedy and “Loveline’s” Dr. Drew Pinsky that could be along the lines of a younger “Live! With Regis.”

Creative Artists Agency reps MVP. William Morris Agency reps Henson, Pinsky, and Kennedy.

Meanwhile, studio has moved forward on “The Big Pitch,” completing a presentation tape (Daily Variety, Aug. 18). The potential show, from creators Norman Lear, Al Burton and Steven Lipscomb, gives everyday people a chance to pitch their “great big idea” to a celeb panel and the world. Next step is being presented to the Fox Television Stations.

If Twentieth appears to be ramping up its development efforts, it’s not without reason.

Since News Corp. snatched up Chris-Craft’s TV stations, Twentieth, which provides programming for Fox Television Stations, may be called upon to turn out more product than usual, as it may wind up feeding a larger, combined station group.

A Twentieth spokeswoman declined to comment on the projects.

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