July 26, 2007 |
AN otherwise perfunctory briefing at the annual summer television press tour Wednesday turned into an impromptu showdown between the clout of newspapers and that of comic books -- with ABC President of Entertainment Stephen McPherson in the middle. A roomful of about 150 television writers and critics from across the country became miffed during the morning's executive session when the network head refused to divulge a major announcement about ABC's hit show "Lost."
June 21, 2007 |
"Sam I Am" isn't -- anymore. The planned ABC fall comedy starring Christina Applegate has changed its name to "Samantha Be Good" after receiving a cease-and-desist letter from lawyers representing the rights-holder to Dr. Seuss characters, an attorney said. The show stars Applegate as Samantha "Sam" Newly, a woman suffering from amnesia who discovers she wasn't such a nice person.
May 16, 2007 |
Full episodes of ABC's prime-time shows including "Grey's Anatomy," "Lost" and "Ugly Betty" are available on mobile phones for the first time. The Disney-ABC Television Group announced a deal with Sprint Nextel Corp. to make news and entertainment programs available to customers of Sprint's wireless TV services.
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April 5, 2007 |
Tom Moore, who helped define the business of TV and give prominence to professional sports broadcasts, has died. He was 88. Moore died Saturday of congestive heart failure in Palm Springs, his daughter Jean Edwards said. His career in television spanned four decades, from 1952 to 1983. He won at least six Emmy Awards for shows produced by his company, Tomorrow Entertainment, including "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman," "The Body Human" and "Lifeline," which profiled the work of surgeons.
February 24, 2007 |
Having had little luck getting new drama series launched this season, ABC has decided a "Grey's Anatomy" spinoff might be in order. The new drama would star one of the doctors of Seattle Grace -- Kate Walsh's character, neonatal surgeon Addison Montgomery. And Taye Diggs, who starred in ABC's short-lived "Day Break," also has been signed. The pilot will take the form of a "Grey's" episode -- in this case, a two-hour installment centered on Addison on the brink of leaving the hospital.
December 7, 2006 |
ABC will kick off the New Year with a new comedy lineup on Wednesday nights and a new time slot for "Lost," which will no longer have to face off with Fox's juggernaut "American Idol" or CBS' rising star "Criminal Minds." "According to Jim" returns to the schedule at 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., beginning Jan. 3, followed by two new comedies, "The Knights of Prosperity" at 9 p.m. and "In Case of Emergency" at 9:30 p.m. "The George Lopez Show" will move in at 8:30 p.m. as of Jan. 24.
November 28, 2006 |
ABC has pulled "The Nine" from its schedule. The first-year serialized drama struggled to retain viewers of "Lost," which preceded it. Various ABC News programming will replace "The Nine" on Wednesdays from 10-11 p.m., beginning this week with "Cheap in America," a special edition of "20/20" on charitable giving. "The Nine," an ensemble series about a bank robbery's effect on hostages and other involved parties, will return to ABC at an as yet-to-be determined point, a network executive said.
November 10, 2006 |
ABC is moving its first-year drama "Men in Trees" to Thursdays at 10 p.m. beginning Nov. 30, hoping it will retain more "Grey's Anatomy" viewers than another freshman drama, "Six Degrees." "Six Degrees" will return to ABC's schedule in January with original episodes. The hourlong drama about the growing connection of six New Yorkers who initially did not know each other has not received a full-season order.
September 18, 2006 |
For the first time in 36 years, "Monday Night Football" won't be in ABC's starting lineup for the official kickoff of the new television season tonight. But the network's parent company's game plan could soon look like third and long. By dispatching the venerable weekly football event to its ESPN cable sports channel, Walt Disney Co. has exacerbated ABC's existing programming challenges, according to several advertisers.
September 9, 2006 |
SURVEYING the smoking ruin that is ABC's reputation after the "The Path to 9/11" debacle, it's hard to know whether you're looking at the consequence of unadulterated folly or of a calculated strategy that turned out to be too clever by half. At the end of the day, it probably doesn't make much difference because, either way, the lacerating controversy surrounding the network's docu-dramatic re-creation of events leading to Sept. 11 is an entirely self-inflicted wound.