Original programs planned for Comcast

NEW YORK — Comcast Cable, the fourth-largest cable operator in the U.S., has set up an original programming venture for the exclusive use of the 60 or so cable systems owned by Comcast.

Jon Gorchow, VP of Comcast Cable, who’ll run the venture, says he’ll produce a live New Year’s Eve special hosted by the Doobie Bros. and featuring the comedian Wendy Liebman and the Bacon Bros. singing group formed by the actor Kevin Bacon. Also on the drawing boards, Gorchow says, is a Hall & Oates concert.

The venture, to be known as Comcast Original Programming, is Comcast’s attempt to formalize the programming it has already produced ad hoc, such as last year’s five-hour live New Year’s Eve show from the Disney-MGM Studios featuring Eddie Money, REO Speedwagon, Jim Breuer of “Saturday Night Live” and comedian Kevin Meaney.

Gorchow says his venture will have no direct connection to Comcast’s Beverly Hills-based C3 run by the former Walt Disney executive Rich Frank. C3 produces national programming such as the daily syndicated talkshow “Home Team With Terry Bradshaw,” distributed by Twentieth TV.

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