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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."
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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.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 2007 | From City News Service
A federal judge tossed out a lawsuit that entertainer Carol Burnett brought against Fox over use of her well-known Charwoman character in an episode of the animated TV series "Family Guy." Burnett alleged in her copyright infringement lawsuit, filed in March, that the show's creators did not have her consent to include the cleaning woman character she created in the late 1950s, while a repertoire player on "The Garry Moore Show," in an April 2006 episode.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 18, 2007 | Martin Miller, Times Staff Writer
Fox, the No. 1 television network, is trying to bring some balance to the force. As the final network to unveil its fall schedule this week for advertisers, Fox executives acknowledge the lofty success is lopsided -- coming from a handful of powerhouses, such as its quirky medical drama "House" and the cultural phenomenon that is "American Idol."
ENTERTAINMENT
May 11, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Reality shows can have spinoffs, too. The producers of "American Idol" are launching "The Search for the Next Great American Band," a new talent series. That's a working title for the Fox show, which will "scour the country, seeking musical groups of all ages, styles and genres," producers 19 Entertainment and FremantleMedia North America said Thursday. An air date for the show was not announced. The format, as described by the production company, parallels "American Idol."
ENTERTAINMENT
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."
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.
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