ATG remnant collapses as location, sponsors create problems
“No Ordinary Girl” is now a no-go at the WB.
Frog has pulled the plug on the planned summer 2002 dramedy from Bob Brush and Michael Dinner (“The Wonder Years”), despite extensive efforts on the part of the net and Paramount Network Television to keep the show alive following the collapse of original producer Artists Television Group.
Broder, with Brush and Dinner, may still try to revive the series at another network.
Par was ready to step in and take control of the series — but only if the series could be shot on location in Australia. It’s less expensive to shoot there, and the studio has production facilities Down Under.
However, the Aussie scenario didn’t work for thesp Mark Harmon, who was attached to star (Daily Variety, July 27) but didn’t want to spend a long stretch away from his family. Thesp’s contract had always stipulated that he would not travel in order to do the series.
What’s more, “Girl” was to be produced in conjunction with Coca-Cola, which hoped to make the show part of its summer 2002 marketing strategy. Coke needed assurances that “Girl” was a go — making it impossible to find a replacement for Harmon.
“It was a situation where the clock simply ran out on us,” WB Entertainment prexy Jordan Levin said. “Everyone tried their best, from Coke to (Brush rep) Bob Broder to Paramount. Everyone was supportive. There were just too many moving parts.”
“Girl” revolves around 16-year-old Paige (Amber Tamblyn), her parents (Harmon and Susan Gibney) and her siblings. It was originally developed as a half-hour but was to be refashioned into an hourlong skein.
Frog had ordered seven episodes of the series.