November 17, 2004 |
Undeterred by the ratings problems some reality shows have been experiencing this season, ABC said Tuesday that it plans to introduce a full night of them in January after "Monday Night Football" concludes its season. Starting Jan. 17, the network's prime-time lineup Mondays will consist of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition: How'd They Do That?" at 8 p.m., "The Bachelorette" at 9 p.m. and "Supernanny" at 10 p.m.
November 12, 2004 |
A number of ABC affiliates announced Thursday that they would not take part in the network's Veterans Day airing of "Saving Private Ryan," saying the acclaimed film's violence and language could draw sanctions from the Federal Communications Commission. Stations replacing the movie with other programming Thursday included stations owned by Cox Television in Atlanta and Charlotte, N.C., and three Midwest stations owned by Citadel Communications.
October 21, 2004 |
ABC is dropping Miss America, leaving the beauty pageant without a network television deal for the first time in 50 years. ABC, which had carried the annual telecast since 1997 with a series of one-year contracts, notified Miss America Organization officials that they would not pick up the option this year, Arthur McMaster, the organization's acting president and chief executive, said Wednesday. "This is a good day for the Miss America Organization," he said.
August 5, 2004 |
Walt Disney Co. on Wednesday said it would launch a version of its ABC television network in Britain next month, taking U.S. shows such as the soap opera "General Hospital" across the Atlantic. The ABC1 network will initially be available only on Freeview, a popular digital service without subscription fees, though there are plans to expand into pay-TV services.
July 13, 2004 |
Cooper Day, the adolescent narrator of ABC's new drama "The Days," is chronicling the 1,412 days until he turns 18 and can leave his suburban Philadelphia prison -- a.k.a. home -- for SoHo , where he'll write his first novel and become instantly wealthy. He's finding inspiration for that future success by reliving his recent past ... which is just what ABC is doing.
June 16, 2004 |
ABC News had a wacky time coming up with a title for its new five-part wedding series anchored by Diane Sawyer, not settling on the final title until shortly before its Monday night premiere. The program, which features segments on notable nuptials, was originally dubbed "Weddings Gone Wild: Anything for Love." TV listings featured it as "Weddings Gone Wacky, Wonderful and Wild: Anything for Love."
June 14, 2004 |
During her 15 years at ABC News, Diane Sawyer has interviewed presidents and reported stories about biological warfare, terrorist attacks and life under the Taliban. But starting tonight, she'll train her investigative eye on a far different topic: America's funniest nuptials.
June 12, 2004 |
ABC had another winning night at the NBA Finals with a 10.5 national rating and a 19 share for Game 3, making it the highest-rated show on network television Thursday night. The rating was 50% higher than the 7.0 for Game 3 between New Jersey and San Antonio last year, but only 3% higher than the 10.2 for Game 2 in 2002, when it was the Lakers and Nets. The three games this year have averaged a 10.4 national rating, a 68% increase over the 6.2 in 2003 but only 4% higher than the 10.0 in 2002.
June 4, 2004 |
The new president of ABC prime-time entertainment and the television press corps will always have Paris. Steve McPherson, the former head of Disney's Touchstone Television Studios who was named president of ABC Entertainment in April, will conduct his first confab with journalists gathered in Century City for the annual Television Critics Assn. press tour via satellite from Paris -- where he will be spending his honeymoon next month.