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Tuesday November 7 2:11 AM ET
Calabro, Majors ``Knox'' on TV doors
By John Dempsey
NEW YORK (Variety) - Thomas Calabro (``Melrose Place''), Lee Majors and Australian martial arts actress Kim-Maree Penn star in ``Hard Knox,'' a proposed syndicated TV action drama being pitched to stations for fall 2001.

In the five-minute sales tape, Niki Knox (Penn) owns a security agency, and Calabro's character is her partner, a former cop. Majors (``The Six Million Dollar Man'') plays her father.

The show's distributor, New Line Domestic TV, billed it as a cross between ``Moonlighting'' and ``Rush Hour.''

Reuters/Variety REUTERS

March 17,2001

Doors Open for NLTV's 'Knox'

"Hard Knox," a new syndicated action hour featuring Lee Majors, appears set for a fall debut after picking up key clearances in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago to bring the New Line Television weekly's national clearance level to 84%. The show has been cleared on WCBS in New York, KCAL in Los Angeles and Chicago's WGN, New Line Television executive vp David Spiegelman said Thursday. The series follows the life of Niki Knox (Kim-Maree Penn), a beautiful martial arts expert and investigative agency owner. Knox hires Steve Ford (Thomas Calabro), a good-looking cop whose reputation for getting the job done is often overshadowed by the fact that he is constantly in the line of fire. The series was pitched as a cross between "Moonlighting" and "Rush Hour." Lee Majors is cast as Knox's father, owner of the security agency run by his daughter.

Dateline: 3/6/01

When it's downtime for action movies in theaters and you've already seen everything on video, where else can you turn but TV? Unfortunately, TV gives you limited opportunities. The best action show, Martial Law was cancelled and Walker, Texas Ranger is more your parents' action show.
Besides Buffy and Angel, there's really no prime time action.

New Line Television is developing a new series, the pilot to which they were selling to potential television markets at NATPE 2001, the National Association of Television Program Executives convention. Stars Thomas ("Melrose Place") Calabro and Kim-Maree Penn were there to talk about the show. She plays a tough martial artist/private investigator and he is her mis-matched, wussy
partner. In the pilot, she leaves her fiance at the alter and rides a skateboard to fight a bad guy, all in her wedding dress. Calabro comes into the picture during a hostage situation and they become partners in an investigative agency.

Action/Adventure: Thomas, is this more of an action role than you've played before?

Thomas Calabro: Well, I got a lot of action on Melrose Place.

AA: Cute, but we're talking about stunt work.

TC: I was involved in a few car crashes, but all in all it hasn't been that different. Kim-Maree does most of the stunts.

AA: So Kim, is your role as female martial arts detective influenced by Charlie's Angels?

Kim-Maree Penn: I've been doing it for the last 12 years [as a Hong Kong stuntwoman], so it's been a long time coming as far as I'm concerned.

AA: Had you been trying to get a show produced for a while?

KMP: No, I've always been in Hong Kong because I love the Asian action, so I've always stayed there to do it.

AA: Is there wirework on the show?

KMP: Not yet, but we will when we go to series.

AA: According to the press notes, you also worked as a bodyguard?

KMP: Pretty much anyone who comes through Hong Kong that needs protection
we get.

AA: Did you ever fall in love with a client?

KMP: Never. Never mix business with pleasure. Me being a bodyguard is the element of surprise because you'd never think that I was.

AA: Finally, Kim, how badly could you beat me?

KMP: [LAUGHS] In stilettos or not?

AA: Either way.

KMP: I don't know if you've trained or not.

AA: Since I haven't, we can pretty much assume how that fight would end. Look for Hard Knox in the Fall.

June 24, 2001

Hard ``Knox'' for Majors, Calabro
By Melissa Grego

HOLLYWOOD (Variety) - New Line Television has scrapped plans to launch its syndicated action show ``Hard Knox,'' starring Lee Majors and Thomas Calabro, even though it was cleared on TV stations in more than 90% of the country for a fall premiere.

The company cited difficulty securing international funding.

International financing was also a key issue in New Line's decision last year to pull ``Matthew Blackheart: Monster Smasher'' from the market after selling the actioner to stations covering some 65% of the country.

Reuters/Variety REUTERS

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