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‘Invincible’ pilot set for TBS preem

Alliance brings Gibson, Li to small screen

NEW ORLEANS — After flirting with the networks and syndication, Alliance Atlantis has decided to bring the much-hyped Mel Gibson/Jet Li-produced pilot “Invincible” to Superstation TBS.

The two-hour pilot created by the star duo will premiere on the Turner station in late 2000 or early 2001, with a possible series premiere in late 2001.

The series will be produced Hong Kong-style, with extreme choreography using martial arts. Bruce Davey’s Icon Prods. will also produce.

Meanwhile, TBS has eight original movies in development, including a sequel to “First Daughter,” last year’s highest-rated basic cable movie.

Chris O’Donnell, along with partner Bing Howenstein, will exec produce “The Triangle,” a supernatural thriller about a group of friends trapped in the Bermuda Triangle.

Also on the TBS development slate is “The Last Buckaroo,” set to star Luke Perry, and “Attack on the Queen,” a political thriller based on a novel by Richard Henrick (“Crimson Tide”). From Lions Gate TV, “Attack” concerns a terrorist attack at a world summit held on the luxury liner the Queen Elizabeth II.

The cabler’s development slate also includes medical thriller “Dead in a Heartbeat,” suspense drama “Disappearance,” shark thriller “Red Water” and a contemporary variation of the “Frankenstein” story entitled “Evil Never Dies.” TBS plans to premiere four original movies in 2000 and eight in 2001.

(Paula Bernstein in New York contributed to this report.)

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