Ally Slimmed Down

updated 04/21/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 03/04/1999 12:00AM

Fox Broadcasting is mulling an idea by "Ally McBeal" creator David E. Kelley to remix repeat and never-aired footage of "Ally" into half-hour episodes that will air Tuesday at 8 p.m., one day after the original one-hour version. While Fox has made no decision yet, the unusual experiment would allow its News Corp. parent to test the viability of "Ally McBeal" in the half-hour format. This could significantly boost the show's potential to draw top syndication rates: half-hour shows tend to sell better in reruns since they fit into the lucrative slots leading into primetime.

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