Inside Move: Nets slow to give Spelling his due

Television tributes so far sparse

Aaron Spelling put three networks on the map — but so far, TV has been slow to announce tributes to the iconic producer.

Cabler TV Land on Tuesday did announce plans to honor Spelling, who died Friday. And during Monday night’s “7th Heaven,” the WB dedicated that night’s broadcast to Spelling, putting up an in-memoriam card.

But ABC — once nicknamed “Aaron’s Broadcasting Co.” for its sheer number of Spelling-produced skeins (“Charlie’s Angels,” “The Love Boat,” “Dynasty”) — so far made no mention of Spelling’s passing in primetime.

Ditto Fox, where Spelling contributed defining skeins “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Melrose Place.”

While neither ABC nor Fox currently have Spelling shows on the air, it seems odd that neither net would acknowledge on-air the passing of a figure so important to their respective histories. Reps for both nets offered no explanation for the air silence, although timing may play a role: With the Independence Day holiday right around the corner, several execs have been out of town and unavailable to throw together a tribute.

Spelling may still get his due from ABC, however. Late Tuesday, a rep for the Alphabet said that ABC Entertainment prexy Steve McPherson and his team have started discussing ideas for the best way to pay homage to Spelling and that a tribute of some sort will take place.

As for TV Land, the channel has already started airing tribute spots in memory of Spelling and will also air two episodes of the 2004 special “TV Land Moguls,” both of which chronicle the producer’s rise to TV prominence, on Saturday morning.

TV Land’s Web site has also put together several sections devoted to Spelling, including a 2005 interview and a clip of Spelling performing as an actor in an episode of “I Love Lucy.”

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