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The new TV series are all crossbred, and the strains show

The Deal may be the classic Hollywood art form, but crossbreeding is the way to an audience's heart. In the entertainment industry, nothing "new" succeeds like last year's success, with a twist. Star Wars? It is like 2001, but cute. E.T.?Disney meets Alien. Flashdance? MTV with a plot. The same, but different. In network television, with its older, more sedentary and conservative audience, the emphasis is on same. Virtually all of the 22 series making their debuts on ABC, CBS and NBC in...

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