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January 15, 2007 | Martin Miller, Times Staff Writer
Stephen McPherson, president of ABC Entertainment, has decided to waltz around the competition this time. The network president, often lauded for his bold and successful move to pit ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" against CBS powerhouse "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," announced Sunday that he will program his surprise reality hit "Dancing With the Stars" around the most popular show on television, Fox's "American Idol."
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BUSINESS
November 22, 2006 | Gina Piccalo and Meg James, Times Staff Writers
Scant details have emerged about the genesis of O.J. Simpson's book "If I Did It" and how the TV project landed at News Corp.'s Fox television network. But two things became clear Tuesday, a day after News Corp. pulled the plug on both the book and a two-part TV special on Fox: The project was a source of heated internal debate at Fox and the book may never find a publisher.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 7, 2006 | From City News Service
Fox has pulled its game show "The Rich List" from its schedule after one episode, as well as the first-year comedy "Happy Hour," because of low ratings. An original episode of "The O.C." will air in place of "The Rich List" from 9 to 10 p.m. Wednesday. A second original episode of "The O.C." will also air in its regular 9 to 10 p.m. Thursday slot. A rerun of the first-year comedy " 'Til Death" will air in place of "Happy Hour'' from 8:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday.
BUSINESS
August 25, 2005 | Richard Verrier, Times Staff Writer
On his first day as a story assistant for the reality TV series "Renovate My Family," Zachary Isenberg said, his bosses made an unusual request: Fill out your time card for the next three weeks of work. Isenberg was puzzled. How could he estimate his hours before he worked them? "They said, 'It's crazy in production and the accountants need the paperwork right now,' " the 32-year-old writer recalled. So Isenberg, who hoped that the job would further his prospects in TV, did as he was told.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 29, 2005 | Maria Elena Fernandez, Times Staff Writer
Peter Liguori, the television executive formerly known as Mr. FX, faced television critics for the first time as Fox's president of entertainment on Thursday, and the topics could have ranged from the relative lack of reality programming on the fall schedule to the pressures of heading the No. 1 network among younger viewers, to whether he could transfer his sophisticated programming sensibility from cable to broadcast. But, alas, that would be really boring.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 29, 2005 | From Variety
Fox is putting big bucks behind "X-Quest," an unscripted reality show from Imagine Entertainment, the creative force behind "Apollo 13," and the co-creator of the hit videogame "Halo." Imagine's Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, along with Imagine TV President David Nevins, will work with Fox reality TV guru Mike Darnell to executive produce the show, in which two teams of contestants with no special training are locked into separate, cramped, high-tech biocrafts designed to simulate life in space.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 8, 2005 | Susan King
Fox is looking for a few good squabbling couples for a reality special, "Marriage 911." From the producers of the network's hit "Nanny 911," which features a modern-day Mary Poppins taming unruly children, "Marriage 911" will feature couples getting marital advice from a team of experts. If the program does well in the ratings, it could become a series.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 2, 2005 | Scott Collins, Times Staff Writer
Back in the fall, Fox was in miserable shape, with postseason baseball its only saving grace in the ratings. But thanks to this year's Super Bowl, not to mention the reality smash "American Idol," Rupert Murdoch's broadcast network has come roaring back to life. For the February "sweep" -- one of the quarterly rating periods that help local stations determine ad rates -- Fox will crush rivals in both total viewers and adults ages 18 to 49, the demographic most important to advertisers.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 2005 | Scott Collins and Meg James, Times Staff Writers
Forget what you may have heard. Fox officials swear that Sunday's Super Bowl XXXIX won't be watered down just to atone for Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" last year. "It's going to be truly entertaining, and anyone who says it's going to be boring doesn't know what they are talking about," said Fox Sports Chairman David Hill. At halftime, "Paul McCartney is going to do an enthralling show that is going to knock the world's socks off.... It will not be watered down at all."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 18, 2005 | Scott Collins, Times Staff Writer
When it comes to ratings for "American Idol," Fox is no longer crooning "The Best Is Yet to Come." In its third season last year, the Tuesday edition of "Idol" was the most-watched show on television, with an average of 25.8 million viewers tuning in, according to Nielsen Media Research (the Wednesday "results" shows were watched by 23.6 million viewers). But network executives are already trying to manage expectations for season four of the singing contest, which starts tonight.
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