Fox Family has ‘Courage’

Glover to produce/host reality skein based on brave acts

NEW YORK — Danny Glover will host and exec produce “Courage,” a new weekly primetime series premiering on Fox Family Channel in early summer, the cabler announced Friday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour.

Fox Family has ordered 17 episodes of the reality-based series, which will profile people who have shown bravery in moments of crisis. Rasha Drachkovitch exec produces with Glover; Arnold Rifkin co-exec produces.

Jason Alexander, who is exec producing the interactive soap opera spoof “Liquid Soap” along with partners Phil Lebovits and Jennifer Birchfield-Eick, said that he plans to appear regularly in the Fox Family ensemble comedy series. “It’s frankly too much fun not to get involved,” said Alexander.

“Liquid Soap” will debut in early July as part of Fox Family’s new “Live and Interactive” programming initiative, designed to give viewers the ability to interact with the net. Via live remote cameras in homes and at public locations, and through online and phone participation, viewers will be able to affect the outcome of Fox Family’s programming in real time.

“While the Internet and interactivity are playing an increasing role in the TV landscape, this will be the first time any network has gone live — in a sustained way, and with different formats — allowing home viewers to affect the outcome of its programs,” said Rob Sorcher, Fox Family executive VP of programming and development.

New gameshow “Paranoia,” which debuts in April, will be the first of the net’s “Live and Interactive” shows. “Paranoia” will pit an in-studio contestant against players in far-flung locations in real time.

As part of its recent push to target adults during primetime, Fox Family also announced it is developing 10 original primetime weekly series for the 2000-01 television season, including the following:

  • “State of Grace”: A half-hour comedy about a 40-year-old female journalist, created by Hollis Rich and Brenda Lilly;

  • “Outer Child”: A comedy from Fox Television Studios about a man who raises a clone of himself, created by Andy Cowen;

  • “Get Wright in the Morning”: A drama about a professional ethicist and radio talkshow host, written by Bill Schwartz;

  • “Nikki”: A comedy about a 30-year-old single mom with twin 15-year-olds, created by Ellen Sandler and Shelley Goldstein;

  • “Making It Home”: A drama about newlyweds who each have sets of teenage siblings, created by Tony Blake and Paul Jackson and produced in association with Lions Gate and Fox Family Worldwide;

  • “Someday”: A drama about a divorced dad and his two kids from playwright Doug Cooney;

  • “Band on the Run”: A music-rich comedy about a former rock vocalist who forms a band with her teenagers, created by Dennis Cooper; and

  • “Big House”: A comedy about five strangers who assume the identity of the First Family, written by Michael Swerdlick and produced by Joe Carolei and Jim Casey of Painless Prods.

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