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WB sitcom ‘Stars’ shifts to Castle Rock

USA backs out of Harry Hamlin starrer

The WB sitcom “Movie Stars” has found a new home.

The netlet confirmed Friday that Castle Rock TV will take over production of the Harry Hamlin starrer, which Studios USA decided not to produce even after the WB ordered the series for midseason (Daily Variety, June 26).

“Movie Stars” is executive produced by Jonathan Axelrod and James Widdoes.

Paramount Network TV also had considered picking up the show. In the end, Castle Rock TV offered a better “front-end” license fee deal, while Par had of-fered a better backend deal, according to one inside source.

Also tipping the scale toward Castle Rock TV, which is owned by WB parent Time Warner, was the agreement to have the show shot on the Universal lot next to another Axelrod-Widdoes project, “Brother’s Keeper.”

Studios USA decided to cast off the project because of “creative differences,” a spokesman said at the time. Others, however, believed financial consideration also played a part and that the Barry Diller-run company plans to pick its spots very carefully in the network TV business.