August 25, 2005 |
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.
July 29, 2005 |
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.
July 29, 2005 |
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.
March 8, 2005 |
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.
March 2, 2005 |
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.
January 18, 2005 |
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.
January 15, 2005 |
In response to the portrayal of Muslims on Fox's "24," the network is offering its stations two public service announcements that show Muslims in a positive light. The PSAs were produced by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, with whom Fox representatives met Wednesday. The 30- and 60-second spots showcase a diverse group of individuals, who in turn share personal descriptions and identify themselves as American Muslims.
September 2, 2004 |
Fox Broadcasting Co.'s boxing "reality" show is caught up in another courthouse scrape. Less than a week after fending off a legal challenge that could have blocked its premiere, the producers of "The Next Great Champ" were sued by a writer who claims the show rips off her idea. In papers filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Leigh Ann Burton said boxer Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions "misappropriated" her concept for a reality show after De La Hoya signed up for "Champ."
August 28, 2004 |
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge Friday knocked down the latest challenge from rival producers trying to block the Sept. 7 premiere of Fox's "reality" boxing show "The Next Great Champ." It was the second legal rebuff in less than two weeks for DreamWorks and reality impresario Mark Burnett, producers of the competing boxing show, "The Contender," scheduled to air on NBC in November.
August 21, 2004 |
The next episode in television's great boxing-show standoff is coming a little sooner than expected. Fox Broadcasting said Friday that it would move the premiere of its boxing "reality" series, "The Next Great Champ," to Sept. 7 -- a date that was to come a day before a hearing on a suit filed by rival producers seeking to knock the show off the air.