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BUSINESS
August 5, 2004 | From Reuters
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.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 2004 | Maria Elena Fernandez, Times Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 16, 2004 | Scott Collins
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."
ENTERTAINMENT
June 14, 2004 | Scott Collins, Times Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 4, 2004 | Maria Elena Fernandez
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.
BUSINESS
May 19, 2004 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
May 13, 2004 | Scott Collins
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 2004 | Scott Collins and Maria Elena Fernandez, Times Staff Writers
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2004 | From Associated Press
ABC hopes to make ratings magic with a night of television built around the network debut of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" -- and a sneak peek at the third Warner Bros. film in the franchise. The 2001 movie, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, will air on May 9 in an extended, high-definition version that includes previously unseen footage, the network said.
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