Trio pushes back ‘Salesman’ re-airing

Broadcast to air Oct. 28

The Trio cable network has postponed its broadcast of Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman,” starring Lee J. Cobb, Mildred Dunnock and George Segal.

Cabler, owned by USA, originally skedded the drama for Sept. 28. The historic “Salesman” production, which aired on CBS in 1966, will now be seen, for the first time in more than 25 years, on Oct. 28.

“We thought it might be a little heavy going, this quickly after the tragedy,” said Kris Slava, VP of acquisitions and scheduling at Trio. “It’s difficult right now to sit down and watch something really serious that has this kind of an emotional impact.”

Records lost

Last aired on television in 1974, the CBS “Salesman” is controlled by Broadway Digital Entertainment, which saw its offices at 30 West Broadway destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks on the neighboring World Trade Center. While master copies of BDE’s 150-title library remain safeguarded in South Burlington, Vt., all records regarding acquisition and sales of its historic legit films have been destroyed.

Slava said other BDE-controlled titles would be telecast on Trio in 2002.

Also this year, the cable net plans to air Matthew Bourne’s dance piece “The Car Man,” taped in London; features “The Portrait of a Lady,” with Nicole Kidman, and “Shadowlands,” with Anthony Hopkins; and performances by Ricky Martin, Russell Crowe and others from the Intl. Pop Festival at San Remo, Italy.

“Also in the works are at least five live performances from Broadway or Off Broadway for the first half of next year,” Slava said. “Some are in the can, we’re tying up the deals on others, and we have plans to shoot two or three for next year.”

Presence on the boards

Bill Haber is prexy-CEO of Trio. In recent years, Ostar Enterprises, headed by Haber, has been a producer of several Broadway shows, including the now-running Pulitzer Prize winner “Proof.” USA Ostar Enterprises is producer of the new Broadway revival of “Hedda Gabler” and Neil LaBute’s “The Shape of Things,” to open Off Broadway in October.

Slava said there were no plans to film or tape either of those legit productions for Trio.

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