February 20, 2009 |
This year, Oscar is a little less golden. The ABC network, in a move that reverses years of escalating prices and underscores the worsening economy, has shaved the cost of a commercial for Sunday's annual Academy Awards show, one of TV's most-watched programs. Once considered invincible to downturns, big events such as the Academy Awards and the Super Bowl, which attract tens of millions of viewers, can no longer command automatic rate hikes.
January 23, 2009 |
ABC on Thursday became the second major broadcaster to combine its television network and production studio into a single unit, an acknowledgment of troubled economic times and changing viewer preferences. Walt Disney Co.'s ABC, like all television companies, is scaling back amid a deepening recession. Networks are particularly vulnerable now because their audiences are shrinking and their advertising revenues are falling but production costs for dramas and comedies are continuing to climb.
November 22, 2008 |
Soon, the TV world will not have Ned the Pie Maker or the dysfunctional Darlings or Eli Stone/George Michael. ABC President of Entertainment Steve McPherson broke the news Thursday afternoon that the network was giving up on three sophomore shows, "Pushing Daisies," "Dirty Sexy Money" and "Eli Stone. " Although McPherson never uttered the words "You're canceled" to producers, the message was clear to the cast and crews: They had been dumped. The network is not ordering more episodes of the three series, though it will complete production and air all produced episodes of each.
October 29, 2008 |
Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama's half-hour campaign commercial is scheduled to run tonight on all of the major television networks -- except ABC. The senator from Illinois this month arranged to buy tonight's 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. slot on CBS, NBC and Spanish-language network Univision. Fox Broadcasting joined the field after Major League Baseball agreed to delay the start time of tonight's World Series game. Walt Disney Co.-owned ABC, however, initially balked at selling its 8 p.m.
August 11, 2008 |
This should be a new dawn for "Nightline." Instead, it could be good night. After years of lagging behind dueling late-night talk shows, the ABC news program is winning attention with a series of high-profile scoops and closing the viewer gap against "Late Show With David Letterman." But instead of celebrating, "Nightline" staffers are anxious. Six years ago, Walt Disney Co. tried to lure Letterman to its ABC network, a move that backfired and frayed relations with the news division.
May 11, 2008 |
Dear ABC, So if the rumors are true -- and when are they not true? -- you'll be doing charity work come fall, taking in the homeless sitcom "Scrubs," which has been rather unceremoniously untethered from its home of seven seasons, NBC. All the trades say the show is back at work, in anticipation of a full-season pickup.
October 23, 2007 |
An Orange County man has sued ABC, claiming the network stole his idea for a reality TV show. Landon Duval says in a lawsuit filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court that he registered a copyright for a show, including the name "American Inventor," in June 2005. Two months later, the suit says, Duval pitched the idea to an ABC executive but no agreement came out of their meeting. Last year, ABC launched a show called "American Inventor." ABC declined to comment Monday.
October 3, 2007 |
Thanks to an additional 90 minutes of "Dancing With the Stars," "Grey's Anatomy" and "Desperate Housewives," ABC was the most-watched network during television's premiere week for the first time since 1995, according to figures released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research. ABC had four of the five most-watched prime-time programs between Sept. 24 and Sunday, and averaged 11.9 million viewers for its prime-time lineup, edging CBS' 11.82 million.
July 27, 2007
Reporters had a message this week for the producers of ABC's new comedy "Cavemen": Ugh. Spun off from a celebrated series of commercials for the Geico insurance company, "Cavemen" may have formidable built-in recognition factor for a new series. But at the Television Critics Assn.
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."