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Tribune Entertainment Closes Doors

Even in the end, it seemed that the people behind Tribune Entertainment couldn’t make up their mind. The one-time leading television show syndicator has ceased to exist as of Friday, with most of its staff being laid off, according to TV Week. Tribune, of course, is near and dear to the hearts of many genre […]

Even in the end, it seemed that the people behind Tribune Entertainment couldn’t make up their mind.

The one-time leading television show syndicator has ceased to exist as of Friday, with most of its staff being laid off, according to TV Week. Tribune, of course, is near and dear to the hearts of many genre fans as the company once produced big names such as “Earth: Final Conflict” and the Kevin Sorbo series “Andromeda.”

Tribune officials just last spring said they had a new mandate to continue producing programming following the takeover of Tribune Co. by Sam Zell, but the company really never did much more than distribute reruns of existing shows, and even from its own library, including “Andromeda.”

Of course, Tribune also was known for its inability to make decisions stick in its own shows. It changed course at least three times in a major way during the run of “Earth: Final Conflict,” a show that did well both in the ratings and critically after the first season, but soon underwent a number of changes, including three leading actor changes. The revolving door continued with “Andromeda” when series developer and “Star Trek: Deep Space NIne” alum Robert Hewitt Wolfe was shown the door early in the show’s run. Wolfe would later surface in the short-lived “Dresden Files” on SciFi Channel.

Zell, who is trying to complete his $8.2 billion purchase of Tribune Co. in time for Christmas, already received the green light to close by the Federal Communications Commission.

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