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Following is a rundown of ABC's lineup of theatrical features, miniseries and made-for-television movies to air during the 2001-02 season:

MINISERIES

STEPHEN KING'S ROSE RED - An original six-hour miniseries created directly for television by America's bestselling and award-winning master of horror, Stephen King. Joyce Reardon (Nancy Travis), an obsessed psychology professor, commissions a team of psychics and a gifted 15-year-old autistic girl to literally wake-up a supposedly dormant haunted mansion - Rose Red, built in 1907 by Seattle oil magnate John P. Rimbauer. Their efforts unleash a myriad of spirits and uncover the horrifying secrets of the generations who have lived and died there. Also starring are two-time Tony Award-winner Judith Ivey, Kimberly Brown, Julian Sands and Matt Keeslar. Stephen King and Mark Carliner are executive producers.

DINOTOPIA - The portrait of a continent where dinosaurs and humans live together in harmony, based on the bestselling fantasy books by James Gurney, is magically painted in this original six-hour miniseries. The story begins when Frank Scott (Stuart Wilson), a wealthy American, crashes his plane into the Caribbean. He appears to perish, but his two teenaged sons, Karl (Tyron Leitso), and David (Wentworth Miller), survive - only to find themselves castaways on the lost continent of Dinotopia. Dinotopia's colorful inhabitants include resident rogue Cyrus Crabb (David Thewlis); beautiful Marion (Katie Carr), who captures both Karl and David's hearts; her father, Mayor Waldo (Jim Carter), overseer of Dinotopia's spectacular capital, Waterfall City; revered matriarch Rosemary (Alice Krige), who is also Waldo's estranged wife; Oonu (Colin Salman), commander of the Skybax Corps - humans who fly huge pterosaurs with 30-foot wingspans; and Zippo, a talkative stenonychosaurus. Dinotopia is powered by an incredibly bright Prime Sunstone. When that life-sustaining object begins losing its luster, it appears that the end is near, unless Karl and David can find their way through the World Beneath - a dangerous territory that exists under the continent - to replenish the Sunstone supply. Robert Halmi, Sr. is executive producer.

THE HAMPTONS - Academy award-winning director Barbara Kopple turns her cameras on America's hottest and chicest playground in ABC's first four-hour reality miniseries. Filming between Memorial Day and Labour Day 2001, Kopple will follow the lives of a dozen denizens of the Hamptons - singles looking for love and escape, locals caught up in the seasonal onslaught, old moneyed families trying to protect their enclaves, celebrities, promoters and wannabes - as they all clash and come together over the long hot summer. Diane Sokolow and Ms. Kopple are executive producers.

MADE-FOR-TELEVISION MOVIES

ABBOTT AND COSTELLO - This original film takes a look at the public and private sides of a partnership that kept the world laughing for decades. Propelled by a brilliant comedy routine, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello's success was meteoric. Just five years after meeting in a burlesque house poker game, they became the biggest movie stars in America. The public adored the confident smoothie and the lovable, chubby clown - and the boys played their roles to perfection, delivering a steady stream of comic relief. Off-camera they kept secret their private fears, the tragic loss of a child, the battles with illness and alcoholism. Elizabeth Stephen and George Paige are executive producers.

EXTREME TEAM - Five of the best extreme sports athletes in the world have been recruited to form a search and rescue team unlike any other. And if they can take the job seriously enough and play by the rules, they may just become heroes. A 20,000 foot parachute jump, a 90-degree vertical drop down a deadly ski terrain and an untamed river are actually the fun part of a mission to rescue a group of high-powered vacationers taken hostage in the Alaskan Rockies. The film is executive-produced by Tim Bogart, Bailey Pryor, Elizabeth Stephen and Warren Miller Films.

GILDA RADNER - In the 1970s and '80s she was queen of comedy. As the leading funny lady on Saturday Night Live, the characters she created - Roseanne Rosannadanna, Judy Miller, Lisa Looper and Emily Litella - are classics of television comedy. Based on her autobiography, "It's Always Something," the film is a seriously funny look at Gilda Radner's life, her career, her marriage to actor Gene Wilder and her struggle with ovarian cancer - a fight she lost in 1989 at the age of 42. The film will be executive-produced by Merv Griffin, Ernest Chambers and A.D. Oppenheim for Merv Griffin Entertainment and Michael Jaffe and Howard Braunstein for Jaffe-Braunstein Films.

JUDAS AND JESUS - In this final project of the late Father Ellwood Keiser - founder of the Humanitas Awards and head of Paulist Productions - writer Tom Fontana looks into the heart and mind of Judas (Jonathon Schaech), the man who betrayed Jesus (Jonathan Scarfe), providing a provocative and moving historical dramatization of this Biblical tale. The relationship between the apostle-turned-traitor and the leader who offered him redemption are explored. In addition to Mr. Fontana, the film is executive-produced under the Paulist Productions banner by Father Frank Desiderio, C.S.P.

NTSB - When Commonwealth Airlines Flight 323 crashes in the Colorado mountains, a team of investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board is called to the scene to determine what went wrong. Was it mechanical failure, pilot error or an act of terrorism? And what about the airline personnel and passengers that survived, and the grief-stricken relatives of those who didn't? This team must comb through the wreckage to put the pieces together and make sense of the tragedy, often at the expense of their own families and personal lives. Emmy Award-winner Mandy Patinkin and Kevin Dunn star in the film. Rob Scheidlinger is executive producer with Bill Cain, who also wrote the script.

SUPERFIRE - The first ever collaboration of bestselling authors and brothers Richard Preston and Doug Preston takes a look at the high-risk world of smoke jumpers and tanker pilots who explore a phenomenon that is deadly and all-too-possible. In the forests of the western United States, where controlled burns are no longer policy and old timber reigns, three raging fires threaten to merge into a "superfire," the explosive power of which rivals an atomic bomb. With a group of teenagers stranded in the forest and a residential development already overrun, two pilots and their ground team are the last line of defence to save Portland from destruction. The film stars D.B. Sweeney, Diane Farr and Wes Studi, and is executive-produced by Stephanie Germain, Doug Preston and Richard Preston.

THEATRICAL FEATURES

ALIEN RESURRECTION
BABE: PIG IN THE CITY
ENEMY OF THE STATE
FORCES OF NATURE
THE HORSE WHISPERER
NOTTING HILL
PATCH ADAMS
PLEASANTVILLE
PRACTICAL MAGIC
SAVING PRIVATE RYAN
SIMON BIRCH
THE SIXTH SENSE
STUART LITTLE
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