Lifetime Orders Pilot Pair


Lifetime Television has announced two candidates as possible successors to
award-winning original drama skein Any Day Now, which will complete its
four-season run March 10.

The women's-skewing service has ordered pilots for a pair of primetime
dramas, For the People and Fiona, either of which could debut this
summer, according to senior vice president of programming Kelly

For the People -- created by Catherine LePard (7th Heaven) and
executive-produced by Sheldon Pinchuk, Kim Moses, Ian Sanders and LePard for
Sheldon Pinchuk Productions -- centers around the life of a liberal-minded,
white chief deputy district attorney whose professional world is profoundly
changed when a conservative African American becomes her new boss.

Fiona, from Columbia TriStar Domestic Television, is based on Warren Adler's
series of mystery novels, 'The Fiona Fitzgerald Mysteries.' Tom McLouglin, whose
credits include Any Day Now episodes, will direct the Fiona pilot

Casting decisions had not been made at press time.

'Both of these pilots would be powerful additions to our successful
Sunday-night lineup,' Goode-Abugov said in a prepared statement.

'They both have engaging concepts, as well as strong, diverse characters who
are accessible and inspirational to women,' she added. 'These are qualities that
have proven to be successful for Lifetime in the past, and we continue our
commitment to that same standard.'

Any Day Now -- along with Strong Medicine and The Division
-- has made Lifetime the ratings standard-bearer for basic cable on Sunday night
and helped the channel to ascend to the top of the Nielsen Media Research throne
in primetime over the past year.