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Abbr: Vintage TV Shows

Abbr: Vintage TV Shows

Ever wish you could watch your favorite 60-minute television episodes of “Charlie’s Angels” or “Starsky and Hutch” in 3 ½ to 5? Execs at Sony Pictures Television sure want to....

Joel Horowitz

Ever wish you could watch your favorite 60-minute television episodes of “Charlie’s Angels” or “Starsky and Hutch” in 3 ½ to 5? Execs at Sony Pictures Television sure want to. That’s why they’ve re-edited actual episodes from dozens of shows of the 1970s and 1980s, and will release them as “minisodes” exclusively on Myspace in June. Sony may eventually launch an independent website dedicated to the quick and entertaining programs.

However and wherever it appears, the network will consist of a lineup of tightly edited versions of shows lifted off the shelves of Sony’s television library. These are not clips of the shows, but actual episodes with beginnings, middles and ends, all told in under six minutes.

The best part about all of this, you ask? The president of Sony TV, Steve Mosko says:

Sony is even making a mini-version of “Ricki Lake,” one of its syndicated talk shows. “It’s great,” Mr. Mosko said. “The people get introduced, there’s a big fight, then they come together, and cry and hug. You get everything in five minutes.”

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