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Red Dog’s chewing on four shows

Entertainment bites on 'Tabloid'

Nonfiction programming producer Red Dog Entertainment has started work on four projects, two for TLC, one for Court TV and one for Discovery’s Military Channel.

These commitments come on top of New York-based Red Dog’s most elaborate series, 10-parter “SOS: Coast Guard Rescue,” which premieres Tuesday night on Discovery Channel with exclusive footage depicting the helicopter rescue of people in Louisiana and Mississippi swamped by Hurricane Katrina. “SOS” is created and produced by Michael Schlossman, president-founder of Red Dog.

Schlossman said the two hourlong TLC shows could end up as backdoor pilots. The first, “Family Anatomy,” concerns a dysfunctional family whose business is performing autopsies. The second, “Tabloid Busters,” follows a team of experts as they go about debunking stories in the supermarket tabloids ranging from a kangaroo lady to a two-headed dog.

The Court TV show, “Five Days,” focuses on the taskforces that have to be enlisted from neighboring areas when suspicious deaths take place in communities too small to afford homicide experts within their local police department. Title comes from the axiom that if a suspect doesn’t turn up within five days, the crime is likely to go unsolved because the taskforce members don’t have enough resources to keep the case alive.

For the Military Channel, Red Dog is producing “X-Carriers,” which uses computer graphics to show a preview of the latest aircraft carriers on the Navy’s drawing boards.

Schlossman said he has appointed Brian Fassett as Red Dog’s first VP of production. Fassett has put together documentaries for Bravo, Discovery, TLC and other outlets.

Also joining Red Dog as an executive consultant is Jeff Sanders, former VP of business affairs and senior counsel with Winstar Communications.

Schlossman said Red Dog plans to keep the international and worldwide homevid rights to all of the docus he produces for U.S. networks.

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