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Felix Dennis is looking to exploit his frat-boy-esque Maxim magazine by launching a cable channel carrying the name, say people familiar with the project. The net would be "more Comedy Central than Playboy," according to one insider. Dennis, who filed for the rights to the name Maxim Entertainment Network (MEN?) in November, is expected to join with a media company for the net. A Maxim spokesman offered no specifics.

It's Miami thrice this year on the network prime-time development slates. NBC is developing a comedy called "Good Morning, Miami," where a young producer takes over a low-rated morning show and develops a crush on a co-worker. Perfect for Miami: He lives with his grandma. CBS has "CSI" spinoff "CSI: Miami" and NBC offers the drama "Miss Miami" about a female FBI agent and her partner.

"Ally McBeal" producer David E. Kelley goes back and forth on whether he wants to bring the ratings-lagging show back for another season-but he's leaning toward pulling the plug, says a person familiar with the matter. Fox is largely leaving the decision up to Kelley. But Fox wants "to see some reason to keep it going," the person says. Kelley may want one more season that concludes with Ally in a good relationship, the person says. Fox had no comment.

contributing: jon fine

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