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CARSEY AND WERNER, LAST OF THE MOM-AND-POP PRODUCERS, HAVE A HOT HAND THIS FALL

Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner aren't the kind of people who say, "I told you so." But if anyone in TV has a right to say it, they do. The former ABC programming executives, who teamed up to form their own production company in 1981, brought one of their early projects, a family sitcom starring a well-worn comedian, to their old network--only to have it rejected. NBC later put The Cosby Show on the air, and it became the most popular series of the 1980s. The producers' next breakthrough hit, Roseanne, landed on ABC only after NBC turned it down. And...

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