June 2, 1988
Fox Broadcasting will telecast an all-star musical tribute from London called "Freedomfest--Nelson Mandela's 70th Birthday Celebration" on June 11. The six-hour program in London's Wembley Stadium will commemorate the birthday of the spiritual leader of South Africa's anti-apartheid movement. Mandela has been imprisoned for more than 25 years. The concert will be seen throughout the world via satellite.
November 21, 1992
Fox Broadcasting says it will expand its prime-time lineup to Tuesday nights in January, its sixth night of the week for weekly series programming. "Class of '96" and "Key West"--which at one time had been scheduled to introduce the Tuesday schedule on Oct. 27, only to be postponed--will now premiere Jan. 19. Both are youth-oriented dramas--the former about college students, the latter about an aspiring writer in Key West, Fla.
June 9, 1986
Twentieth Century Fox Film's chairman and chief executive said the firm's Fox Broadcasting unit has "close to 30" agreements with stations in the top 30 markets to air five or more hours each week of Fox programming. Not all of the agreements have been signed, Diller said, but the stations have agreed to accept Fox's slate of a two-hour movie one night a week, and three hours of comedies and drama on a second night, in addition to a late-night show hosted by comedienne Joan Rivers.
April 16, 1990 |
Fox, 20th Century Sued Over 'Open House': A Toluca Lake Realtor and screenwriter sued Fox Broadcasting and 20th Century Fox in Los Angeles Superior Court, asserting that he originated the concept for the TV series "Open House." Joseph Brazen's suit claims that in April, 1989, he pitched the idea for the series to Fox, which rejected it. Brazen seeks at least $600,000 plus punitive damages.
January 6, 1988 |
"It's Garry Shandling's Show," which became a hit on cable television after being rejected by the three major networks, is going to make it to a commercial network after all. Fox Broadcasting said Tuesday it plans to add the critically acclaimed comedy series to its Sunday-night lineup in March. At the same time, however, Fox is giving up on its home-grown late-night series, "The Wilton North Report."
August 3, 1988 |
Although it didn't come close to stealing the thunder from last week's No. 1 show--a repeat of the second half of "The Deliberate Stranger," featuring Mark Harmon as serial murderer Ted Bundy on NBC--CBS' "Miss Teen America Pageant" was last week's top-rated show among the non-reruns, landing in ninth place with a 15.1 rating and a 26 share. The pageant competition was the only new show to crack the Top 10. Meanwhile, Fox Broadcasting Co.
March 5, 1990 |
Fox Broadcasting has canceled "It's Garry Shandling's Show" and put "The Reporters" on hiatus to make room for two new shows, the network announced today. The new programs are Francis Ford Coppola's "The Outsiders," an hour-long series based on the characters in S. E. Hinton's novel, and "In Living Color," a comedy starring Keenan Ivory Wayans. "The Outsiders" will debut in a 90-minute special on March 25, following "Married . . . With Children."
April 23, 1987 |
Fox Broadcasting, the fledgling network created last year to serve independent TV stations, has stolen into the chicken coop of the big three networks and carried away the prime-time Emmy Awards show. By an overwhelming vote, governors of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences agreed late Tuesday to negotiate a three-year deal with Fox to telecast not only the Emmies for prime-time programming, but also the Television Academy Hall of Fame shows, beginning this year.