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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 9, 2004 | From a Times staff writer
"Their Eyes Were Watching God," a 1937 novel by Zora Neale Hurston, is being turned into a TV movie for ABC and will star Oscar winner Halle Berry in a script by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks. Berry plays the lead role in what the network describes as a story about a woman's quest for "love, sensual excitement and spiritual fulfillment, despite society's expectations of a woman of color in 1920s America."
March 30, 2004 | Susan King
ABC is moving its struggling "Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital" this week from Wednesdays at 10 p.m. to Thursdays at 9 p.m. opposite the No. 1 dramatic series, CBS' "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," and NBC's red-hot reality show "The Apprentice." The King thriller is switching places with "Extreme Makeover," which moves to its new time slot April 14. The two-hour premiere April 7 of the latest edition of ABC's "The Bachelor" will move up to 9 p.m.
March 24, 2004 | From Reuters
The ABC television network dipped a toe into the world of video-on-demand by offering some of its news programs in a subscription service from cable company Insight Communications Co., the companies said. ABC News, owned by Walt Disney Co., will provide Insight with 20 hours of its programming, including special reports and excerpts from its "Nightline" program, half of which will be updated each month. The ABC News features will be included in a sports and news service that will cost $4.
March 12, 2004 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
When it comes to Walt Disney Co.'s troubled ABC network, Wall Street is still seeing red. Some analysts are challenging Disney's claim that ABC will soon turn a profit. On Thursday, one predicted that the network would bleed hundreds of millions of dollars. "We believe Disney is likely to come in $200 million to $250 million short of its stated goal to bring ABC to break-even in fiscal 2005," media analyst Michael Gallant of CIBC World Markets wrote in a report.
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