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.
July 16, 2005 |
A parent group has accused the ABC television network of violating broadcast decency standards when it failed to censor all profanity uttered during the recent Live 8 concert, an event held to draw attention to poverty in poor countries.
July 8, 2005 |
ABC and PBS tied for the lead as nominations for the 26th annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards were released Thursday. Each had 27, spread among a wide array of programs, from ABC's "World News Tonight" and "Good Morning America" to PBS' "Frontline" and "Nova" series. Also receiving double-figure nominations were NBC with 21, the History Channel with 14 and CBS with 10. Winners will be announced in New York on Sept. 19 by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
July 1, 2005 |
It sounded like an intriguing idea on paper. ABC's six-episode reality series "Welcome to the Neighborhood" features seven families vying to win a four-bedroom house in a development in Austin, Texas. Given that the neighbors are mostly conservative whites and the contestants come from diverse backgrounds -- including Asian American, African American and gay -- the series was meant, the network says, to highlight issues of cultural biases and tolerance.
June 13, 2005 |
Who's desperate now? This year's "upfront" television advertising market -- the period when the broadcast networks sell about 80% of their prime-time commercial spots for the coming season -- is just about over. But even before all the deals are done, a consensus is clear: this was ABC's year. Ending a four-year sales slump, the Walt Disney Co.