Vet updates ‘People’ tales

Skein being prepped for fall 2005 bow

Veteran producer George Schlatter is updating “Real People” for Tribune Entertainment.

As with the original, focus will be on amusing and unusual slice-of-life stories. Series, to be exec produced by Schlatter and Phil Gurin through their eponymous shingles, is readying for a fall 2005 bow.

Best known as the creator and exec producer of “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In,” Schlatter also created the original version of “Real People,” which ran on NBC from 1979-84.

“We’ll lose none of the one-of-a-kind humor that made ‘Real People’ a hit series and American favorite for years while creating a production that feels very current, energized and edgy,” said Donna Harrison, senior VP of unscripted and reality programming for Tribune.

Gurin also made much of the comedic aspect of the show. “The heart and soul of ‘Real People’ is comedy. And because it’s all bite-sized little stories, you come to the show, and you’ll see all the stories that worked the first time around.”

While the project format is still in development, Gurin is hopeful that it will be stripped and accompany a sitcom.

Gurin’s credits include both versions of “Weakest Link,” as well as the Miss USA and Miss Teen pageants for NBC.

Deal was brokered by William Morris Agency, which represents both Gurin and Schlatter.

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