Hoping To Clean Up With Imported Soap

KCOP, seeking to step up its firstrun efforts this summer, has lined up a variety of series and specs for tryouts.

With a combination of co-venture deals, foreign imports and live events – including the first primetime local boxing match in years on local tv – KCOP hopes to find programming alternatives as competition for A-list film packages intensifies.

Under its revised summer sked beginning in June, KCOP will install the new one-hour Viacom talkshow strip hosted by Montel Williams at 4 p.m., leave “Mama’s Family” at 5, install Reg Grundy Prods.’ Australian soap “Neighbours” at 5:30 (starting June 3) and position “Star Trek: The Next Generation” at 6 p.m.

“The Cosby Show” will remain at 7, with Viacom’s “Johnny B. On The Loose” at 7:30 p.m. in place of “Night Court.”

KCOP also plans to schedule another Reg Grundy production, a new syndicated serialized drama called “Dangerous Women,” twice a week in primetime. Like “Neighbours,” the series will air on WWOR New York.

In the events arena, KCOP will carry boxing live at 8 p.m. June 25, with Dan Gooden producing. If the fights from the Country Club in Reseda get good ratings, KCOP station manager Rick Feldman says KCOP has an option to produce more matches with Gooden.

In July, the station also will offer “The Best Of L.A.,” produced in association with Los Angeles magazine, as a prototype for future specials.

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