November 22, 1996 |
Reflecting the growing competition for channel space, Tele-Communications Inc. said Thursday that it will reduce coverage on its systems of several channels--including E! Entertainment Television, Comedy Channel, VH1 and two superstations--to make room for growing networks such as the Cartoon Network, Home and Garden and Discovery's Animal Planet and Learning channels.
October 5, 1990 |
The scene: A launch party (three days after the fact) for the rebroadcast of 100 episodes of the "The Steve Allen Show" (1956-60) on the HA! comedy channel, airing daily Monday through Friday (as of last Monday) at 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. After cocktails at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Allen screened some of the show's highlights, which, indeed, elicited a steady and vocal stream of ha's.
October 12, 2002 |
It's astounding what can happen when the media get wind of a titillating tidbit of gossip on an awfully slow news day. Various versions abound, but this particular story appears to have started a few years ago at Yale University, where a small group of bored students used to gather semi-regularly to eat greasy chicken, drink cheap beer and watch dirty movies.
August 21, 2012 |
In a move consistent with an entertainment climate thoroughly stocked with sequels and revivals, the venerable wooden puppets with roots in Italian commedia dell'arte are getting a new lease on life with "Punch and Judy Rebooted," a new performance in celebration of the duo's 350th anniversary. A classic of puppet theater that's said to have been performed in Britain since 1662, Punch and Judy are such a part of the pop culture fabric that someone can be familiar with their names without knowing what exactly they're referencing.
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October 19, 2000 |
Every summer for 18 years, Kelly Khoury has expressed his gratitude to his adopted country by flying more than 20 American flags at his Glendale gas station. That got him into trouble with City Hall this year. Glendale officials, citing an ordinance that limits public flag displays, ticketed him in July for showing too many Stars and Stripes. It wasn't until this week that Khoury's patriotism won the council over.
April 6, 2010 |
Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. has clinched a deal with media tycoon Haim Saban's private investment firm, Saban Capital Group, to become a partner in Tiger Gate, the company's recently launched pay-TV venture in Asia. Saban Capital, which owns stakes in Spanish-language media company Univision and Israel's telecommunications provider Bezeq, will initially match Lions Gate's Tiger Gate investment to date of several million dollars, with more funding expected in the future. Saban's infusion will enable the partners to expand Tiger Gate's presence across Asia with additional channels and the acquisition of existing media assets in the region.
January 31, 1993 |
COMEDY WAS THE ROCK 'N' ROLL OF THE 1980S. IT EXPLODED IN THAT decade of greed and Reagan as comics of every stripe--male, female, from all minorities--stretched the definition of humor beyond recognition, broadening its scope, exploring forms and themes that today seem almost commonplace but at the time were not so quietly revolutionary. Along with Richard Pryor, Steve Martin, Lily Tomlin and many less well-known performers, Robin Williams is emblematic of that change.
January 30, 1992 |
Renegade TV versus mainstream values. In the new world of TV alternatives, underground counter-programming took a significant step Tuesday night when the Comedy Central cable channel, available in 22 million homes, did an all-out, almost merciless spoof of President Bush's State of the Union address--showing the speech live and deflating it as he went along with mock news coverage and running commentary.