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NEWS
September 27, 2007 | From City News Service
Two days into the new television season, NBC announced a prime-time schedule change Wednesday, saying it would replace the Wednesday-night edition of "Deal or No Deal" next month with "Phenomenon," another competition series. "Phenomenon" is scheduled to premiere at 8 p.m. Oct. 24 and will run for five weeks, then "Deal or No Deal" will return to the time slot, an NBC official said. "Phenomenon" is based on a hit Israeli series and will be hosted by Criss Angel and Uri Geller.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2008 | Martin Miller
"ER," one of television's most honored programs, refused once again to go quietly into that good night and was officially picked up for a 15th and final season, NBC officials announced Wednesday. Despite steadily declining ratings in recent years, the medical drama will return in the fall with 19 episodes, including the finale, currently scheduled for February. The series will continue to air in the 10 p.m. Thursday slot that it has occupied since premiering in 1994.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 8, 2008 | From City News Service
NBC has ordered "Kath & Kim," an American adaptation of a hit Australian comedy series that will star "Saturday Night Live" alumna Molly Shannon as a cheerful divorcee in her 40s and Selma Blair as her self-absorbed daughter. This is the second time in six days NBC has announced a series bypassing the traditional pilot process. On Friday, NBC said that it had given a 13-episode order to "The Listener," a Canadian drama about a psychic paramedic.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 15, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
Crew members from the NBC TV show "Fashion Star" will resume picketing outside production studios in Hollywood on Tuesday as talks to resolve the labor dispute continue. Producers of the show met with representatives of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees on Monday, but those negotiations have not yet produced a contract for the roughly 75 crew members who work on the reality TV series, union officials said. "Since we do not have a contract yet, there will be picketing at the same locations tomorrow," said Vanessa Holtgrewe, International Representative for IATSE.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 16, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
Crew members from the reality TV series "Fashion Star" ended their strike, four days after walking off the job in a dispute over union representation. Production of the show was suspended Saturday when about 75 crew members struck and began picketing outside Hollywood Center Studios at 8 a.m. Crew members have been seeking to secure health and pension benefits. But Tuesday evening the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees called off the strike after successfully negotiating a new contract with the show's producers, said a person familiar with the negotiations who asked not to be identified because the talks were confidential.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 28, 2007 | Greg Braxton, Times Staff Writer
NBC has picked up two of its freshman series -- "Chuck" and "Life" -- for the remainder of the season while leaving the future of two other struggling high-profile new series up in the air. Ben Silverman, NBC's co-chairman of entertainment, said in a statement that "Chuck" and "Life" had performed well with audiences, and are "hitting their stride creatively."
ENTERTAINMENT
October 13, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
Crew members from the reality TV series "Fashion Star" walked off the job Saturday morning in a dispute over efforts to secure union representation. Production of the show was suspended Saturday when about 75 crew members struck and began picketing outside Hollywood Center Studios at 8 a.m. The strike was led by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, which has been waging an ongoing campaign to extend union benefits to crew members who work behind the scenes on reality TV shows.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 24, 1989 | DON SHIRLEY
"Traveling Man" (Home Box Office, Sunday at 9 p.m.) aspires to be the "All About Eve" of the industrial foam selling business. Ben Cluett (John Lithgow) is the veteran selling champ; Billy Fox (Jonathan Silverman) is the young hotshot who learns the ropes from Ben and then tries to surpass him. David Taylor's script sharply sets up the relationship between the two in their initial scenes together. But when the movie wanders away from the hard work of selling and from its focus on the two of them, it becomes diffuse and conventional.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2013 | By T.L. Stanley
Anyone who's ever laid eyes on Beth Chapman, the costar of former hit reality show "Dog the Bounty Hunter," might think she's one of a kind, with her lacquered nails, stiletto heels and pink handcuffs. It turns out she has imitators, and she's none too pleased with her flashy doppelgangers. She and her husband, Duane "Dog" Chapman, found several impractically outfitted bounty hunters while playing mentor to mom-and-pop bail bond agencies across the country for an upcoming series on CMT. “I asked them to change their clothes and put on sensible shoes,” Beth Chapman said recently by phone during a break in filming in Oklahoma City.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2008 | Maria Elena Fernandez, Times Staff Writer
"Friday Night Lights" will be back for a third season, thanks to a deal between NBC and DirecTV that splits costs and distribution rights, giving DirecTV customers first dibs at the high school football drama, starring Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton. The 13-episode season will air initially on DirecTV, beginning Oct. 1, and then run on NBC at midseason.
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