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Can you top what's on TV?

August 21, 2005|By JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

Gone are "Everybody Loves Raymond," "Judging Amy," and "JAG."

Returning are "Lost," "Grey's Anatomy" and, yes, "Joey."

And this fall the television landscape's new visitors appear to include some variations on the aliens-have-arrived theme.

And many shows use well-worn conventions. Fox's sitcom "Head Cases" has received a critical stamp of approval, but it still uses a plot similar to "The Odd Couple." One slick guy forced to deal with a slob.

Think you can do better?

Think your drama is more suspenseful and your comedy is wittier? Think you have a reality show concept that's actually original and worth watching? Or do you just have something weirder than "Twin Peaks"?

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We want to know.

As the fall television season prepares to kick off, The Herald-Mail wants to hear ideas for a new television show that would be suitable in the 8 p.m. time slot.

Entries will be judged on originality and must leave a great impression on the judges.

The winner will receive $50.

Describe the show's premise in 100 words or less.

Entries must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9.

Mail your answers with your full name, address and daytime phone number to Lifestyle TV pilots contest, P.O. Box 439, Hagerstown, MD 21741, or bring your answers to 100 Summit Ave. in Hagerstown, or send your answers via

e-mail to lifestyle@herald-mail.com.

Employees of The Herald-Mail and their immediate relatives are not eligible to participate.

A photograph of and interview with the winner will be published in an upcoming Sunday Lifestyle section.

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