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Orgs alarmed by NBC's 'Y2K' telepic

Forget those dire predictions about the so-called Y2K bug. It’s “Y2K” the movie that has a number of groups running scared into the millennium. NBC has been overloaded with calls from those worried that its two-hour made-for-TV “Y2K,” set to air Nov. 21, might have a deep impact on the public’s fear of Armageddon.

Orgs requesting an advance look at “Y2K” include the National Governors’ Assn. and the Chicago mayor’s office, which wants a private screening of the film. The American Bankers Assn. has called several times to ensure that the movie doesn’t show a hysterical run on the banks. The FDA contacted the Peacock to make sure “Y2K” doesn’t depict lives lost due to malfunctioning medical equipment.

Other concerned groups include Edison Electric, Emergency Preparedness and Goldline, a company that buys and sells gold, silver, platinum and other precious metals. “I need this film to see how big this will be, whether I need to bring on additional staff,” said Phillip Monteleone, an account exec at Goldline. “Will the film provoke another flight to gold and silver?”

“Y2K” executive producer David Israel calls the concerns “silly.”

“It’s a movie,” he said. “My guess is some of the things we say are going to happen might happen, and some we say might won’t. It’s not like Y2K is a big secret.”

“Y2K” stars Ken Olin as a millennium bug troubleshooter who saves the day when Jan. 1 hits. The movie depicts a power outage across the Eastern seaboard and a potential nuclear disaster.

“My slogan while making the movie was, ‘Paranoia is our most important product,’ ” Israel said. “I guess it worked.”

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