March 1, 2006 |
The volatile issue of how writers, directors and actors are to be paid when TV shows are downloaded is heating up again, with their unions accusing the ABC network of violating collective bargaining agreements. The Screen Actors Guild, the Writers Guild of America, West, and the Directors Guild of America all issued statements this week criticizing the Walt Disney Co.-owned network for deciding to pay residuals on TV episode sales to video iPod users under the same payment formula for DVD sales.
January 9, 2006 |
MONDAY nights aren't just for the boys anymore on ABC. With the conclusion of the 36th and final season of "Monday Night Football" last month, the network is launching a new lineup of prime-time shows on Monday with a decidedly different theme: relationships.
January 4, 2006 |
I have a request of Mark Loomis, producer of ABC's telecast of tonight's national championship college football game, the long-awaited USC-Texas matchup. This is football, not a video game. Leave me alone. Stop shouting and screaming at me. Stop sending a barrage of graphics and gadgets and noise and nonsense at me. I am fine if you have a few interesting story angles, but stop trying out 50 on me, all in the same quarter. I like the yellow line for first downs, but I don't need red red zones.
December 24, 2005 |
Put aside the presents and step away from that eggnog: It's time for a TV holiday tradition, as Walt Disney World's annual parade celebrates Christmas. The 22nd annual Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade will be hosted by Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa in Orlando, Fla., with "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest at Disneyland in Anaheim. It airs Sunday at 2:30 p.m. PST on ABC.
December 16, 2005 |
Fans of Fox's "Arrested Development" take heart: While it remains unclear if the critically acclaimed but low-rated comedy will return to the network for a fourth season next year, the show with Jason Bateman and Jeffrey Tambor may find a home somewhere else. Showtime and ABC have both expressed interest in picking up the program, confirmed Chris Alexander, a spokesman for 20th Century Fox Television, which produces "Arrested Development."
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 30, 2005 |
Once a ratings doormat, ABC is in the running to win its first "sweeps" period in nearly six years. Which just goes to show the good a pregnant man can do. ABC and CBS are battling to the wire for crucial young-adult viewers, and TV executives say the race is too close to call for the monthlong sweeps, which end tonight.