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August 28, 2004 | Scott Collins, Times Staff Writer
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.
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BUSINESS
August 21, 2004 | Scott Collins, Times Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
August 19, 2004 | Scott Collins, Times Staff Writer
In the increasingly vicious brawl over rival boxing "reality" series, chalk up the first round for Fox Broadcasting. But the rumble is far from over. A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge on Wednesday declined to issue a restraining order to block the Sept. 10 premiere of Fox's "The Next Great Champ," which features boxing star Oscar De La Hoya overseeing 12 fighters squaring off for a shot at a professional title fight.
BUSINESS
July 14, 2004 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
Fox is really sinking its teeth into "reality" TV. News Corp. announced Tuesday that it was launching the Fox Reality Channel early next year on cable and satellite services. Rupert Murdoch's company, which will spend nearly $100 million to start the channel, is aiming to be the dominant player in an increasingly crowded field. There is already a flood of reality shows on broadcast and cable, and several upstart cable channels devoted to the genre. Reality TV runs on EchoStar Communication Corp.'
ENTERTAINMENT
May 25, 2004 | Scott Collins and Maria Elena Fernandez, Times Staff Writers
This week's two-part season finale of "American Idol" offers a dramatic battle between two charismatic young singers, the soulful Fantasia Barrino and Diana DeGarmo, the Georgia-bred girl next door. But the music may be bittersweet for Fox Broadcasting Co., where "Idol," despite its enormous popularity, is beginning to show some early signs of wear. Controversies over the show's phone-in vote system have reportedly irked some loyal viewers.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 2004 | Randy Lewis
Fox Television is in a family way again. The company has ordered a minimum of 22 new episodes of the animated series "Family Guy" more than two years after its initial run ended. The move is in response to the series' strengthening afterlife on DVD and in reruns on the Cartoon Network. It's been drawing high ratings on cable since the Cartoon Network began programming it opposite the broadcast networks' late-night talk shows, and it ranked as the top-selling television offering on DVD in 2003.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 23, 2004 | Scott Collins, Times Staff Writer
This season's "American Idol" has unleashed a number of surprises, including the unlikely celebrity of William Hung, the contestant famous for his guileless rendition of Ricky Martin's "She Bangs." But a more significant paradox is playing out behind the scenes, where the show's dominant ratings are creating a dilemma for Fox Broadcasting Co.
NEWS
January 22, 2004
Fox won the prime-time television ratings last week thanks to a turnout of 40.4 million viewers who watched the NFC championship game between the Carolina Panthers and Philadelphia Eagles, Nielsen Media Research said Wednesday. For the week, Fox averaged 13.6 million viewers and CBS had 13.2 million. The full list of ratings will appear in Friday's Calendar.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 2004 | Greg Braxton, Times Staff Writer
Monday's return of the Fox ratings phenomenon "American Idol" and the debut of the controversial unscripted series "My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance" teamed up to score the highest ratings thus far this season for both a returning and a debuting network series. "This is super beyond our expectations," Fox Entertainment President Gail Berman said Tuesday. "We're feeling pretty tremendous over here."
BUSINESS
January 12, 2004 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
"American Idol" unfolds with youthful innocence as wide-eyed, underdog contestants try to beat the odds -- and a snarling judge -- to make it big. The concept behind the hit show, which begins its third season on Fox Broadcasting Co. next week, has minted more than $2 billion worldwide. But initially, "Idol" wasn't even going to be on TV.
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