ET produces ABC special


Entertainment Tonight is making its first, but probably not its last,
foray into prime time network-TV production with an ABC sweeps special,
Entertainment Tonight Presents: Laverne and Shirley Together Again.

The one-hour show, which airs May 7, will reunite the principal cast members and
incorporate bloopers, outtakes and other footage plucked from the New Jersey
vaults of parent Paramount Pictures, which produced the sitcom.

In the wake of CBS' surprising -- to some -- success with its Carol Burnett
clip show, a number of retro specials are in the works at various networks,
including a Honeymooners 50th-anniversary salute at CBS.

Paramount Domestic TV programming chief Greg Meidel said the company hopes the
show will be the first of many such shows tapping ET's extensive TV

ET executive producer Linda Bell Blue is executive producer of the
special. Supervising producers are Chris Thompson and Ronny Marshall Black,
sister of star Penny Marshall and show creator Gary Marshall.