April 23, 1989
I must compliment NBC for its number of shows that involve black families such as "Amen," "227," "The Cosby Show" and "A Different World." NBC has done an excellent job in changing television as we see it today, and it has proven that it can change with the times, as evidenced by the new soap opera, "Generations." I also would like to thank Fox Broadcasting for putting the fun back into Sunday nights with their lineup of wonderful shows. Rochelle Chambers, Los Angeles
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.
January 13, 2014 |
Fox Broadcasting says it wants to reinvent the way it makes television shows. Specifically, it wants to do away with what is known as pilot season, a frantic period in the spring in which the broadcast networks order scores of scripts and then make dozens of trial episodes known as pilots before selecting a handful of new shows for their fall schedules. Pilot season came into existence not long after Philo Farnsworth invented television, and is the beat that the television industry marches to. Networks duke it out for the best talent in front of and behind the cameras and then parade the end result to advertisers in glitzy presentations over the course of one week in New York City. Though Fox will still have a fall schedule and big presentation for advertisers this May, the network said it no longer wants to play beat the clock when it comes to making new shows.