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‘Ripley’s’ taps Nelson as exec producer

TBS series to make it's debut in January

NEW YORK — Time Warner’s TBS cable network and Columbia TriStar TV distribution have signed Erik Nelson as executive producer of “The New Ripley’s Believe It or Not,” which makes its debut on TBS in January.

The weekly hourlong series will feature correspondents looking for “oddities of nature,” “death-defying feats,” “catastrophic disasters” and “miraculous healing.”

The previous incarnation of “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” occurred on ABC’s primetime schedule from 1982 to 1986. The only other version hit NBC’s primetime schedule between March 1949 and October 1950.

Nelson, who owns Termite Art Prods., has produced such shows as CBS’ “World’s Most Dangerous Animals,” Fox’s “What’s So Funny” and two Discovery Channel shows: “Cyberlife” and “Wild Rides.”

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