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January 13, 2008 | Meg James and Maria Elena Fernandez, Times Staff Writers
Television's reigning champion, "American Idol," returns this week and the talent contest is expected to be more popular -- and profitable -- than ever. The Fox show begins its seventh season Tuesday against the walking wounded. As the strike by the Writers Guild of America grinds into its 11th week, rival networks are scrambling to stay alive.
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December 2, 2007 | Martin Miller, Times Staff Writer
WESTERN civilization is apparently on the brink of collapse, and once again we can blame Fox television's Mike Darnell. Widely acknowledged as one of the most talented reality programmers in town, the normally media-shy TV executive behind "American Idol," "Joe Millionaire" and, yes, even 1995's "Alien Autopsy: Fact or Fiction?" has cast himself as the carnival barker for a new reality show that he jokes could push the culture over the edge.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 28, 2007 | From City News Service
The Fox unscripted series "Nashville" appears to be the first casualty of the 2007-08 television season. The network said Thursday that it was pulling the series from its schedule -- at least for the next six weeks -- after two little-watched episodes. Reruns of the first-season police drama "K-Ville" will air in its place at 9 tonight and next Friday. "Nashville," a look at young adults trying to find success in the country music capital, is expected to return Nov.
BUSINESS
September 21, 2007 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
Beginning this week, season premiere episodes of seven Fox Broadcasting programs will be made available for free through Apple's iTunes store, a move that highlights the TV industry's race to harness the Internet and try out potential business partners. The Fox-Apple deal is designed to expose iPod users to the upcoming season of new and returning prime-time shows. Executives with the News Corp.
BUSINESS
September 19, 2007 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
Veteran television star Kelsey Grammer's new comedy doesn't exactly fit the pedigree of Fox Broadcasting. The network's tastes have long leaned toward the likes of lowly Al Bundy of "Married . . . With Children" or Brian, the sardonic talking dog who downs martinis in Fox's animated hit "Family Guy." But this fall, Fox is betting big on Grammer's latest sitcom, "Back to You."
ENTERTAINMENT
August 24, 2007 | From a Times staff writer
One day after its premiere, Fox yanked "Anchorwoman" off the schedule Thursday. The show captured a mere 4% of the audience at 8 p.m. Wednesday night, finishing fourth in its time slot. "Anchorwoman" was a reality series about a TV station in Tyler, Texas, that brought in L.A. model Lauren Jones to anchor the news, even though she had no journalism experience.
BUSINESS
August 18, 2007 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
Long-time television publicist Joe Earley, who got his start at the Fox network promoting such shows as "The Simpsons," is now in charge of all of the network's marketing and publicity efforts. The promotion, announced Friday, substantially increases Earley's sphere of influence at the No. 1 broadcast network. For more than two years, Earley has been responsible for nearly 40 people who work in Fox Broadcasting Co.'s publicity, corporate communications and creative services divisions.
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August 7, 2007 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
Mike Darnell, the man behind a string of sometimes provocative and sometimes trashy reality TV shows such as "When Animals Attack," "Joe Millionaire," "The Simple Life" and "Who Wants to Marry a Multimillionaire," said Monday that he was staying put at Fox Broadcasting Co. For the last two months, Darnell has been courted by more than half a dozen companies, including Fox rival NBC Universal. "It was an emotional nightmare for me and my wife," Darnell said in an interview.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 4, 2007 | Maria Elena Fernandez
To make room for a new game show night and to give a new drama a better launching pad, Fox announced several changes to its fall lineup Friday. "Don't Forget the Lyrics!" will be paired with "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" on Thursday nights, beginning Sept. 6. The new reality series "Kitchen Nightmares," originally slated for the 9 p.m. Thursday slot, will move to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 19, when "Bones" was to air. "Bones" will now open at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept.
BUSINESS
July 10, 2007 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
Fox Broadcasting Co. named Kevin Reilly as its chief entertainment scheduler Monday, less than six weeks after his ouster as the top programmer at fourth-place NBC. To make room for Reilly, the News Corp. division bumped up Peter Liguori to chairman of Fox, where he will spend more time extending the network's programs to the Web and mobile phones.
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