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.
May 19, 2004 |
Just what Walt Disney Co. needs -- more drama. In the wake of several turbulent months at Disney and its ABC broadcast division, the network Tuesday unveiled a TV lineup that will include seven new dramas, including a spinoff of its retiring legal show "The Practice." It also will launch two comedies and two unscripted shows for the 2004-05 season. The heavy load of dramas represents an about-face for the fourth-place network.
May 13, 2004 |
ABC's "Empire" has shrunk a bit, but at least it still exists. The network was considering bailing from the $30-million series, an epic about ancient Rome being shot in Italy. Executives were especially concerned about cost overruns on the ambitious project, several sources said, and "Empire" also lost a key champion in Susan Lyne, who departed last month as ABC entertainment president.
April 26, 2004 |
ABC will have a lot of returning shows on its lineup this fall. That's the good news for Steve McPherson, the former studio boss who was tapped as the network's chief programmer last week. But it's also the bad news. "The George Lopez Show" isn't attracting legions of viewers, and the ratings for "Less Than Perfect" are just that. Even so, "Lopez" has already been renewed for next season, and "Perfect" is considered a safe bet.