Honey, What's On Aol Tonight?

Selling America Online's new creations will be tricky

When Ted Leonsis talks about America Online Inc.'s planned cybershow Beggars & Choosers, he could just as easily be talking about his own life. The online soap tells the tale of a group of executives at a fictional television network through video clips and internal E-mail messages between the characters--a virtual Melrose Place meets Network. The choosers in the title are the network execs, who decide which TV shows live and which die. The beggars are the independent producers, who peddle their shows in hopes of landing a slot on the network lineup.

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