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February 12, 2003 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
Millions of viewers dedicated their night to watch "Joe Millionaire" pick between the final two women vying for his companionship and purported fortune. At least that's what the teases during the show suggested. Instead, Fox Broadcasting Co.'s record Monday audience of 25 million simply saw "Joe Millionaire," a.k.a. Evan Marriott, confess that he was not rich. The show ended before he picked either of the women, leaving viewers feeling as if they were the ones who had been deceived.
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BUSINESS
January 20, 2003 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
Hobbled by lagging ratings and forced to pitch around its baseball schedule, Fox Broadcasting Co. plans to break from decades of television tradition by launching new shows in the summer instead of fall. The move, announced over the weekend by Fox Television Entertainment Chairman Sandy Grushow, is the most aggressive strategy yet as networks struggle to hold on to viewers who are switching to cable and satellite, primarily during summer months when networks air mostly repeats.
BUSINESS
August 2, 2002 | MEG JAMES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fox Broadcasting Co. executives could get trapped in a squeeze play if Major League Baseball players go on strike this summer. Fox uses the playoffs and the World Series as a monthlong billboard to hype the network's slate of new fall shows. Even though Fox ultimately loses money on baseball, postseason play has delivered some of the network's highest ratings and, along with professional football, helped thrust Fox into TV's big leagues.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 6, 2002 | PATRICIA BRENNAN, WASHINGTON POST
"The Pulse," a newsmagazine-style series that premieres Thursday at 9 p.m. on the Fox broadcast network, owes its underpinnings to cable's Fox News Channel: It's anchored by FNC's Shepard Smith and executive-produced by William Shine, who also is FNC's executive producer. And FNC's Bill O'Reilly will get a segment called "Guess Who's Annoying Me Now," recalling Andy Rooney's segment on "60 Minutes." "I would never compare Bill O'Reilly to Andy Rooney," Shine said. "Bill's straightforward.
SPORTS
December 13, 2001 | BILL SHAIKIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sparking renewed speculation that the Dodgers might be sold, NewsCorp chairman Rupert Murdoch said Fox has achieved the primary business objective it had for purchasing the team, despite two years of staggering financial losses. With the Dodgers in Fox hands, the Walt Disney Co. surrendered in the race to launch a second local cable sports channel, Murdoch told a national television audience in a rare interview this week.
BUSINESS
November 9, 2001 | Bloomberg News
News Corp.'s Fox television network will suspend its children's programming on weekday afternoons and give the two-hour block back to its affiliated TV stations in local markets. The 2 to 4 p.m. time period that now airs Fox Kids shows will be returned to the stations starting Dec. 31, Fox said in a statement. Fox Kids programming will still run for four hours on Saturdays.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 7, 2001 | Brian Lowry
The most-watched night of baseball in a decade capped a World Series that helped Fox cross the plate with its highest weekly average since broadcasting the 1999 Super Bowl, based on viewing estimates issued Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research.
BUSINESS
July 5, 2001
Actors and studio executives, both lacking the stomach for a strike, breathed a collective sigh of relief Wednesday after negotiators for actors' unions and movie and TV producers reached tentative agreement on a new three-year contract. Actors particularly were gratified that they will be getting more money for shows rerun on cable TV. They also were pleased that Fox Broadcasting Co.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 24, 2001 | WILLIAM KECK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Regis Philbin and his wife Joy watch it every Saturday night from their weekend home in Connecticut. Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins view it with their children--ages 8, 11 and 15--who choose the hour as part of the 90 minutes of TV viewing they are allotted each week. Among teens, a small piece of the total viewing pie but one that advertisers crave, Fox executives say it now tops NBC's "Saturday Night Live."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 2001 | BRIAN LOWRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
So what, exactly, would someone have to do in order to be kept off Fox's hit "reality" series "Temptation Island," how long would it take the network and producers to find out, and what would they tell viewers if they did? In next week's episode, two contestants from the show, Taheed Watson and Ytossie Patterson, will be removed for misleading the producers about the fact they had a child together.
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