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Castle RockTV, Lemon squeeze deal

'Movie' creator inks development pact

Wayne Lemon, creator of the WB Network comedy “Movie Stars,” has inked an overall development deal with Castle Rock TV, home to “Movie Stars.”

Deal calls for Lemon to continue as an exec producer on “Stars” while developing new TV projects for Castle Rock.

“He is both talented and prolific, and a major asset to our company,” said Castle Rock TV prexy Glenn Padnick.

“Movie Stars,” revolving around the family life of a pair of married Hollywood thesps played by Harry Hamlin and Jennifer Grant, bowed to solid WB-level Nielsen numbers last month. The WB ordered another 13 segs of the show last week.

Lemon began his TV career as a scribe on the much-praised CBS comedy “The Adventures of Teddy Z.” He worked as a writer-producer on the sitcoms “The Torkelsons” and “Grace Under Fire.”

“Movie Stars” took a circuitous route to its preem last month. The show was developed last year at Studios USA, but the studio backed out of the project even after the WB gave it a midseason order. Castle Rock soon stepped in, but the show languished on the shelf during the regular season.

Summer premieres are generally reserved for shows deemed D.O.A. or too weak for regular season play, but “Movie Stars” pulled in better-than-expected Nielsen numbers, thereby earning a pickup for midseason in 1999-2000.

Lemon is repped by Chris Silbermann of Broder Kurland Webb Uffner.

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