Television: Spacing Out The Networks

Can a $6.5 million show tailor-made for national TV survive rejection by all three networks and win success anyway? The Independent Television Corp., the producer of Space: 1999, has few doubts that its elaborate new science-fiction adventure series can do just that. This fall it will be aired over local stations in the ten top television markets and in 136 other cities around the country. With confidence bordering on brashness, I.T.C. predicts that it is giving the networks their biggest ever prime-time challenge and in the process producing the season's first big hit....

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