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ABC axes Garofalo’s ‘Slice’

Net cuts losses, doesn't shoot pilot

ABC has cut the Janeane Garofalo pilot “Slice o’ Life,” opting not to move forward with the Universal TV pilot.

Alphabet web decided to hammer out a settlement with Universal rather than produce the pilot, which had been scheduled to shoot in Vancouver next week.

Net execs apparently were not thrilled with the direction of the project, which held a table read Monday.

Garofalo most recently has been in the headlines for her outspoken views against the recent war on Iraq, which stirred controversy in some circles. It’s unclear whether that had any residual effect on the net’s decision.

“Slice,” from exec producer/scribe Bill Diamond, was to star Garofalo as the unwilling segment producer who’s assigned to come up with hokey feature pieces to run at the end of a newsmagazine. ABC had given Garofalo a series commitment for “Life.”

Thesp, whose credits include the features “Reality Bites” and “Wet Hot American Summer” as well as series “The Larry Sanders Show” and “The Ben Stiller Show,” hasn’t had as much luck in series TV recently. Besides “Life,” an HBO project starring the witty comedian also ultimately didn’t go forward.

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