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ABC revives 'Week That Was'

July 1, 2004 at 4:40 PM   |   Comments

NEW YORK, July 1 (UPI) -- ABC is reviving the 1960s political satire "That Was The Week That Was" on "Primetime Live" with Diane Sawyer and Charlie Gibson.

New "Primetime" executive producer Shelley Ross is using the 21st century version as the closing segment of the Thursday night news magazine show, the New York Post reported Thursday.

"I always remember loving the original show. I didn't understand political satire at the time, but I remember my parents enjoying it and I remember laughter in the house, so it must be evoking something that was wonderful," Ross said.

The original "TW3," as it was called, aired on Britain's BBC with David Frost. NBC aired its version in 1964 and 1965 with an ensemble cast featuring Tom Bosley, Buck Henry, Phyllis Newman and Frost, who hosted the show in its final season.

Ross, who is looking for an ensemble cast for her version, said ABC will likely keep the new show similar to the BBC edition.

"The BBC show really does stand the test of time," she said.

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