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.
August 10, 2006 |
Walt Disney Co. on Wednesday posted its strongest quarterly performance since Chief Executive Robert Iger took over last October, as rising box-office and theme park receipts helped boost profit 39%. Disney's fiscal third-quarter earnings follow strong increases in each of the two prior quarters, and the Burbank media giant forecast a robust fourth quarter as ticket sales from summer blockbusters "Cars" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" lift the bottom line.
July 20, 2006 |
ABC's debut of the reality show "The One: Making a Music Star," in which young singing contestants live together in the same house, delivered the worst ratings for any series premiere in the network's history and the second-worst in broadcast TV history, according to Nielsen Media Research. An average of 3.2 million viewers tuned in to the two-hour event Tuesday night, or roughly one-third of the audience for a repeat of Fox's hit medical drama "House" (9.1 million).
May 30, 2006 |
Now that "American Idol" has bowed out for the season, ABC is betting that the show's formula -- nervous civilians performing live -- will turn the once-stodgy National Spelling Bee into the latest reality TV phenom. For the first time in its 79-year history, the Bee is going live in prime time with the final rounds on Thursday. Robin Roberts of "Good Morning America" will host the event, broadcast for the first time in high definition with 5.1-channel surround sound.