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.
May 17, 2005
This week in New York, broadcast networks begin unveiling their fall season schedules to advertisers. It's the kickoff of the biggest event of the year in the television business -- known as the "upfronts" -- when advertisers are urged to buy prime-time commercial spots before the 2005-06 season begins. Buoyed by top hits shows, such as "Desperate Housewives," "Lost," and "Grey's Anatomy," ABC hopes to pull out a few more gems in the coming season. It will present to advertisers today.
January 24, 2005 |
ABC's president of prime-time entertainment, Steve McPherson, said Sunday that the Walt Disney Co.-owned network probably would renew its deal with the National Football League so it could continue to claim "Monday Night Football." The broadcast network has lost an estimated $150 million a year on its current agreement with the NFL, which expires at the end of the 2005 football season.
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."