Telepix sells ‘Love,’ ‘Heart’

Warner Bros.’ Telepictures Distribution is re-establishing its bond with “Love Connection” and taking a chance on “Change of Heart.”

The two half-hour syndie strips have been sold for a fall 1998 debut to stations covering more than 40% of U.S. TV households, including WPIX New York, WPWR Chicago and WPHL Philadelphia. In Los Angeles, the top contenders for the hour block of dating hijinks are said to be UPN O&O KCOP and indie KCAL.

Telepictures is hoping to clear the shows primarily in latenight, putting them in contention for some timeslots presently occupied by the freshmen talkers “Vibe” and “The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show.” Both shows have spotty track records after three months on the air.

The new incarnation of “Love Connection” will be hosted by former talkshow host/comedy writer Pat Bullard (Daily Variety, July 14) and helmed by original producer Eric Lieber. “Love Connection,” formerly fronted by Chuck Woolery, had its initial run in syndication from 1983-95.

There’s no host yet attached to “Change of Heart,” in which couples unsure of their future are given the opportunity to date other people. When they return to the show to dish on their experiences, the individuals have to decide whether they’ve had a “change of heart.” The show will be produced by Telepictures Prods.

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