Posted on Tue, May. 06, 2003
The Philadelphia Daily News
Will Phillywood shows survive?
The WB's "Angel" isn't the only show with a Philly connection that's still waiting to hear about its future.
CBS' "Hack," the first network drama ever to be shot entirely on location in Philadelphia, aired its season finale on Friday, but the announcement of whether it's on the fall schedule isn't expected until May 14, when the network unveils its fall schedule to advertisers in New York.
The show, which has averaged 9.27 million viewers this season, stars Philadelphian David Morse as a disgraced cop-turned-cabdriver. It brought an estimated $60 million in revenue to the area and was singled out for praise a few months ago by CBS President Leslie Moonves. But no one connected to the show seems to know how much that will count in the final decision.
Also on the bubble is NBC's "American Dreams," a show that is filmed on a Hollywood set dressed up to look like the Philadelphia of the mid-'60s, including a re-creation of the set of Dick Clark's "American Bandstand," which began here.
"Dreams," whose May 18 finale is scheduled to include a look at the 1964 riots in Philadelphia, has averaged 10.1 million viewers on Sunday nights. Though the show is a favorite of NBC Entertainment President Jeff Zucker, its producers, too, may have to wait for next Monday, when the network announces its fall schedule, to see whether their dream of taking Philadelphia through the '60s will survive.