December 14, 2005 |
THE Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. stuck mostly with small-budget artsy films for its movie nominations on Tuesday, but when it came to the small screen, the television season's most popular shows came out on top. ABC, in the midst of a strong comeback year, landed 16 nominations, dominating the dramatic series categories with powerhouses "Lost" and "Grey's Anatomy" and the rookie "Commander in Chief."
December 13, 2005 |
Viewers will have their choice of New Year's Eve television specials on Dec. 31 when both ABC and MTV host countdown celebrations in Times Square with live performances from top musical artists. Mariah Carey is scheduled to close ABC's "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2006" with a live performance outside in Times Square, the first singer to do so on the program.
December 8, 2005 |
NASCAR announced an eight-year, $4.48-billion television deal Wednesday that will pay the racing organization 40% more per year, beginning in 2007, than it receives under its current agreement. At $555 million, NASCAR would rank fourth in annual revenue for televised professional sports, behind the NFL at $3.735 billion, the NBA's $767 million and Major League Baseball's $713 million. NASCAR's 36-race season will be shared by Fox, ABC, ESPN and TNT.
December 6, 2005 |
ABC named Elizabeth Vargas and Bob Woodruff as the new co-anchors of "World News Tonight" on Monday, charging the duo with the task of expanding the reach of the evening broadcast by delivering more real-time news. When they officially take over Jan. 3, the pair -- who succeed the late anchor Peter Jennings -- will helm four separate editions of the evening newscast, including an online version and two feeds customized for West Coast viewers.
November 18, 2005 |
"The Bachelor" will return to ABC Jan. 9 as part of a series of Monday programming changes prompted by the conclusion of "Monday Night Football." It will air at 10 p.m. The unscripted series "Wife Swap," which currently follows the football game on the West Coast, will move to 8 p.m. Following at 9 will be "Emily's Reasons Why Not," a new comedy starring Heather Graham as a woman who has recently ended a relationship.
October 13, 2005 |
Before he took over this month as Walt Disney Co.'s chief executive, Robert Iger made clear that he wanted two things: to explore new ways to distribute the media giant's entertainment content and to thaw his company's icy relationship with Steve Jobs. Iger moved forward on both fronts Wednesday when he and Jobs, the co-founder of Apple Computer Inc., announced that Disney-owned ABC would offer some of its most popular television shows for download at iTunes Music Store.
September 10, 2005 |
ABC says it will make all of its prime-time entertainment programs available in Spanish starting this season, an acknowledgment of the expanding U.S. Latino population and its potential as a source of viewers. The network will be the first of the major English-language broadcasters to provide its full entertainment lineup in Spanish. Previously, "George Lopez" was the only ABC series that aired in both English- and Spanish-language versions.
August 11, 2005 |
Two Minnesota television producers want Simon Cowell, whose brutal commentary on "American Idol" has earned him the nickname Judge Dread, to face his own judgment day. On Wednesday, the producers sued Cowell, FremantleMedia North America, which produces "American Idol," and the ABC television network in federal court in Los Angeles, alleging that the TV heavyweights stole their idea for a reality show that chronicles the behind-the-scenes stories of would-be inventors.
August 3, 2005 |
Russia's Foreign Ministry said it would not renew permission for the ABC television network to operate in the country because it broadcast an interview with notorious Chechen rebel leader Shamil Basayev. The ministry said the broadcast supported "the propaganda of terrorism." ABC News President David Westin said, "No civilized people can condone the murder of innocent civilians."
July 30, 2005 |
Russia's Foreign Ministry summoned the U.S. Embassy's charge d'affaires to protest an ABC broadcast of an interview with Chechen rebel leader Shamil Basayev. Basayev has claimed responsibility for organizing last year's Beslan school siege, which ended in the deaths of more than 330 children and adults, and the 2002 seizure of a Moscow theater in which 129 hostages died, most from a gas used by security forces.