Baby Boomers in small screen comeback

Sept. 19, 2006 at 9:35 AM

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- "Generation Boom," a four-hour documentary on the cultural and economic contributions of the 78 million U.S. baby boomers is set to air this month.

The light-hearted special narrated by Kelsey Grammer runs on TV Land over four nights beginning Sept. 26.

Daily Variety says perhaps never before have television executives had more shows featuring "50-something" baby boomers on their fall schedules -- but that may be because boomers also hold most of top positions in the U.S. entertainment industry.

On CBS, veteran actor James Woods stars as a cutthroat lawyer in "Shark," and journeyman Ray Liotta is an anti-hero thief in "Smith."

Ted Danson returns in the ABC series "Help Me, Help You" and John Lithgow and Jeffrey Tambor are old pro "60-somethings" in the NBC sitcom "20 Good Years" -- which Variety compares to the comedy "Golden Girls."

The trend was under way before William Shatner won an Emmy for his role on "Boston Legal," Variety said.

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