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TV Q&A: Lombardi sacked, 'Harry' canned

Do you know anything about a movie starring Robert De Niro as Vince Lombardi?

There was a film, and then there wasn't.

With more than a little fanfare, ESPN announced plans to make the film in 2010. Eric Roth ("Forrest Gump," "The Insider") was set to write the script. According to ESPN at the time, "The story's narrative arc spans from 1959, when Lombardi was given his first opportunity to be an NFL head coach, taking over the small-town [Green Bay]Packers, then the worst team in the NFL, and runs through his transformation of a group of young, talented but undisciplined losers into five-time NFL champions."

But even with such a seemingly firm plan, the network later decided not to go ahead with the film; an ESPN rep offered no further explanation. "This happens a lot with scripted projects," the rep said. Indeed, every year seems to bring projects that are announced but then stall.

I thought I heard at the end of a "Harry's Law" that it was the show's final few episodes. Has the show been canceled?

Unfortunately for its many fans, "Harry's Law" has, indeed, been dropped by NBC. The show was somewhat popular, especially by struggling NBC's standards, but it did not do well with viewers under 50 years old, the audience most networks use to woo advertisers.

-- Akron Beacon-Journal


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