Dennis Miller was often criticized for obscure musings on "Monday Night Football." But the former ABC exec who hired him, Don Ohlmeyer, counters: "The people who didn't [get them] should probably think about reading a book occasionally." ABC sales exec Ed Erhardt says Miller was "a noble experiment," but calls the new duo of Al Michaels and John Madden a ratings dream team: "Michaels and Madden will be an event."
As We: Women's Entertainment enters its first upfront, it is building a comedy block to air prior to drama "Felicity" (of WB fame). The net nabbed ex-ABC comedy "Two Guys and a Girl" and is searching for a show to complement it. WE seeks a younger female audience than Lifetime; Johnson & Johnson has been the net's sole advertiser.