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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.
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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 11, 2001 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The launch of Fox's controversial new "reality" series, "Temptation Island," in which unmarried couples test their relationships by mingling with singles, has been clouded by the revelation that one of the couples have a child. Executives for Fox acknowledged Wednesday that the couple had misrepresented information about their background and their child, and that the discovery of the child came during filming.
BUSINESS
November 29, 2000 | GREG MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Internet entertainment site Icebox.com said Tuesday that it has sold one of its online series to Fox Broadcasting Co., marking the first time a show created for the Net has been purchased by a major television network. But even as Icebox announced the deal, the company laid off about 50 of its 100 employees Tuesday, underscoring the ongoing financial pressures in the online entertainment space.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 2000 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Malcolm in the Middle" no longer just refers to its title character's place in his family--it also reflects the sitcom's positioning in the crucial fall sweeps period. In an unusual strategy, Fox executives will pepper November with originals of its hit Sunday comedy, running two new episodes each week in hopes of gaining an anchor on Wednesday nights, while keeping Sundays strong.
SPORTS
October 30, 2000 | MIKE PENNER
Hard lessons gleaned from the 2000 Subway Series--may we commit them to memory so we won't have to do this again for another 44 years: 1) The world did not end, the earth did not open up and swallow Yankee Stadium whole, no foot soldiers for the Demonic Forces of the Apocalypse were spotted canvassing greater Gotham. Although someone might want to check Roger Clemens' credentials again. He could be an advance scout. 2) "New York, New York" is a lie. If I can make it there/I'll make it anywhere?
ENTERTAINMENT
October 23, 2000 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
Producer-writer David E. Kelley's new classroom drama, "Boston Public," is a compelling argument for home schooling. And a good reason to avoid Fox at 8 p.m. Mondays. What planet is this, anyway? Aging history teacher Harvey Lipschultz (Fyvush Finkel) tries to banish a female student from Winslow High for going braless, and his coming classroom lecture about women having "lumps known as breasts" will later provoke prime time's first anti-bra rebellion and riot.
SPORTS
September 27, 2000 | LARRY STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
NBC, which has the Olympics locked up through 2008 but lost the NFL two years ago, is now out of the baseball business. Beginning next season, major league baseball's playoffs, World Series and All-Star game will be televised exclusively on Fox, which acquired those rights from 2001-06 with a $2.5-billion bid. Baseball will announce its new six-year deal with Fox today. The deal also includes regular-season games on Fox and cable channels Fox Sports Net and FX.
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