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PRIME TIME ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK ANNOUNCES EXPANSION PLANS AND PROGRAMMING SLATE FOR JANUARY 1994

 BURBANK, Calif., May 27 /PRNewswire/ -- In a move that will expand its programming base by 50 percent, the Prime Time Entertainment Network (PTEN) has finalized plans to add a new series, "Babylon 5," to its schedule; to renew its two existing series, "Kung Fu: The Legend Continues" and "Time Trax," for a second season; and to program two made-for-television movies and an ambitious ten-hour mini-series ("Time-Life Presents the History of Rock 'n' Roll") onto its 1994 season schedule, it was announced today by Dick Robertson, president, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution; Gregg Maday, senior vice president, Programming, PTEN, and PTEN Executive Committee Chairman Evan Thompson, president, United Television.
 "The stations are very pleased with the early results of both weekly series," said Thompson, "and, as a result, we are expanding our commitment to PTEN. We're very encouraged by the results of the `Babylon 5' pilot and are anxious to get that into series. We all look forward to an exciting second year."
 "Due to the incredible reception to `Time Trax' and `Kung Fu' by our lineup of stations, I am happy to announce an expansion of our PTEN programming," said Robertson. "With these network quality first-run action series in prime time, independent stations are able to compete with network competition and, as a result, are seeing tremendous demographic growth and the revenue growth that goes with it."
 The series "Babylon 5," based on the highly rated telefilm of the same name, has been given an order for 22 episodes set to debut on the PTEN schedule in January 1994. The thrilling action/sci-fi series, set in the year 2257, follows stories of intrigue and espionage aboard a space station that plays home to a conglomeration of heroes and thieves, rogues and healers.
 The series follows on the success of the original telefilm, which aired on PTEN in March 1993 and achieved a 10.3 GAA national rating, out-rating the strong two-hour premieres of "Kung Fu: The Legend Continues" (10.2), "The Untouchables" (10.2) and "Time Trax" (8.4).
 In addition, PTEN's two returning action series, Warner Bros. Television's highly rated "Kung Fu: The Legend Continues" and Lorimar Television's "Time Trax," have each been renewed for a second season of 22 episodes each.
 The new schedule for the three weekly series will maintain PTEN's established position on Wednesday nights but will offer PTEN stations flexibility as well: "Kung Fu: The Legend Continues" will remain in its Wednesday, 9 p.m. (PT) time period; and "Babylon 5" will fill the Wednesday, 8 p.m. (PT) time period previously held by "Time Trax," which will now be scheduled in prime time on a second night.
 In addition to its regular series, PTEN is adding two made-for- television movies to its schedule for the year, which, like "Babylon 5," will be considered potential future series for PTEN. One of the films is the futuristic "Island City," produced by Lee Rich Productions in association with Lorimar Television. The second film will be announced shortly. Both will be broadcast in February 1994.
 And for September 1994, PTEN will present a special ten-hour mini-series event: "Time-Life Presents the History of Rock 'n' Roll." The extraordinary historical and musical retrospective is being produced by Time-Life Television in association with Quincy Jones Entertainment and David Salzman Entertainment. Quincy Jones, Bob Meyerowitz and David Salzman will serve as executive producers.
 "PTEN provides a tremendous opportunity for this kind of epic quality programming," said Candice Carpenter, president, Time-Life Television.
 "Time-Life Presents the History of Rock 'n' Roll" is designed to be broadcast in two-hour segments over five consecutive weeknights or in our-hour segments over ten nights. This broadcast pattern was very effective for PTEN's debut mini-series, the highly successful "The Wild West."
 "Now that the four networks have announced their schedules, the fifth is poised and ready to announce its new lineup," said Maday. "I'm looking forward to improving upon the solid performance of our two returning series while looking ahead to our new programs -- `Babylon 5,' the two-hour movies and what promises to be a spectacular tribute to rock 'n' roll."
 PTEN is a consortium of leading television stations and station groups presenting network-quality prime time programming on a national day-and-date basis. Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution is the exclusive supplier for PTEN, with a station lineup of 146 markets covering 92 percent of the country.
 PTEN top market stations include WWOR (New York), KCOP (Los Angeles), WPWR (Chicago), WPHL (Philadelphia), KBHK (San Francisco), WSBK (Boston), WDCA (Washington, D.C.), KXTA (Dallas), WXON (Detroit), WATL (Atlanta), KTXH (Houston), WUAB (Cleveland), KSTW (Seattle), WTOG (Tampa), KMSP (Minneapolis), WDZL (Miami), WPTT (Pittsburgh), KPLR (St. Louis), KRBK (Sacramento) and KUTP (Phoenix).
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 /CONTACT: Cynthia Lieberman of Warner Bros. Television, 818-954-7670/


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