Networks clamor for foreign TV shows

If you thought the Academy Awards were dominated by foreigners, consider the shows that might grace TV screens in the fall.

Of the five pilots ordered by the broadcast networks last week, four were based on international formats -- British drama "Ny-Lon" and Israeli drama "Mythological X" at CBS, and British comedies "Outnumbered" and "Spaced" at Fox.

A big reason is the three-month Hollywood writers strike, which ended three weeks ago, said Dana Walden, chairman of 20th Century Fox TV, which produces "Mythological X" as well as ABC's pilot "Life on Mars," based on the BBC series.

(Source: Reuters)

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