Pro-cable soundbites flew at Tribeca Film Festival’s 1st cable panel Fri as all 6 panelists agree cable provides a better creative bang than broadcast, with less exec interference. If "Six Feet Under" had been pitched to broadcasters, "the first question they’d ask is: ‘Could you change the family’s profession to advertising?’" squawks Showtime programming chief Robert Greenblatt. Cable "stands out because the networks are not run by committee," adds "Project Greenlight" co-prod Chris Moore. "You only pitch to 1 guy…and they let shows grow a lot longer." "Oz" creator/exec prod Tom Fontana predicts cable’s indecency woes will be short-lived. Meantime, "Sex and The City" co-star Kim Cattrall can’ t wait for reruns of her show on TBS this summer. "They’re cutting it, trimming it, and I’m still in the show," she says to big laughs. "And it works!" "The Sopranos" co-star Edie Falco loves TLC’s Mon-night hospital shows. "I’m obsessed with ‘Trauma: Life in the ER’ and ‘Resident Life’," she gushes. For actor Tim Daly, ESPN signature "SportsCenter" is his long-running fave. – Simon Applebaum

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