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September 8, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A miniseries about the events leading up to the Sept. 11 attacks is "terribly wrong" and ABC should correct it or not air it, a group of former Clinton administration officials said in letters to the head of the network's parent company. But in a statement released Thursday afternoon in apparent response to the growing uproar, ABC said, "No one has seen the final version of the film because the editing process is not yet complete, so criticisms of film specifics are premature and irresponsible."
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 14, 2006 | Scott Collins, Times Staff Writer
Over the past week ABC's new fall show "Ugly Betty" has gotten the kind of lucky break most producers would swap their August rental in the Hamptons for. The big question now is whether its target audience of young women will turn the series into this year's sleeper a la "Desperate Housewives" -- or be repelled by a concept that just didn't translate.
BUSINESS
August 10, 2006 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
Walt Disney Co. on Wednesday posted its strongest quarterly performance since Chief Executive Robert Iger took over last October, as rising box-office and theme park receipts helped boost profit 39%. Disney's fiscal third-quarter earnings follow strong increases in each of the two prior quarters, and the Burbank media giant forecast a robust fourth quarter as ticket sales from summer blockbusters "Cars" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" lift the bottom line.
NEWS
July 20, 2006 | Scott Collins
ABC's debut of the reality show "The One: Making a Music Star," in which young singing contestants live together in the same house, delivered the worst ratings for any series premiere in the network's history and the second-worst in broadcast TV history, according to Nielsen Media Research. An average of 3.2 million viewers tuned in to the two-hour event Tuesday night, or roughly one-third of the audience for a repeat of Fox's hit medical drama "House" (9.1 million).
BUSINESS
July 6, 2006 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
The ABC television network said Wednesday that it had wrapped up its commercial sales for the fall prime-time season, bringing to a close a lackluster advertising bazaar that saw a decline in the broadcast networks' overall haul. The five English-language broadcast networks -- ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox Broadcasting and the soon-to-be-launched CW -- wrote nearly $8.9 billion in prime-time business, at least 2% less than they did last year. General Electric Co.'
WORLD
July 4, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A television reporter who alleges he was fired by ABC because he refused to go to Iraq said Monday that he was not fairly compensated despite an employment tribunal ruling in his favor. Former ABC News correspondent Richard Gizbert said he was informed Monday of the tribunal's decision to award him $180,000. He had been seeking more than $3.7 million in compensation for lost earnings after his 2004 dismissal.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 2006 | Johanna Neuman, Times Staff Writer
Now that "American Idol" has bowed out for the season, ABC is betting that the show's formula -- nervous civilians performing live -- will turn the once-stodgy National Spelling Bee into the latest reality TV phenom. For the first time in its 79-year history, the Bee is going live in prime time with the final rounds on Thursday. Robin Roberts of "Good Morning America" will host the event, broadcast for the first time in high definition with 5.1-channel surround sound.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 2006 | From City News Service
ABC will air five new reality series this summer, including an "American Idol"-like competition with the winner receiving a contract with a major record company, the network announced Monday. "The One: Making a Music Star" will follow the lives of contestants attending a music academy that turns aspiring singers into stars, with viewers voting out contestants each week. "Buy It Now" has families putting a variety of prized possessions up for auction on EBay.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 22, 2006 | Matea Gold, Times Staff Writer
It was just one week. But when ABC's "World News Tonight" -- whose viewership already has dropped by nearly 1 million people in the last year -- slipped behind the perennially third-ranked "CBS Evening News" in the ratings last week, it was more than just a blow to morale.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 2006 | Maria Elena Fernandez, Times Staff Writer
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus and his name is Steve McPherson. The ABC president of prime-time entertainment bestowed a generous gift upon the legions of "Lost" fans Tuesday morning in Manhattan, promising: No More Repeats. "Lost," whose unpredictable schedule of reruns throughout the season annoyed fans so much that the website IsLostARepeat.
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