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October 21, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Watch out, "Puppy Bowl," there's a new cuddly show vying for the eyeballs of animal loving sports fans on Super Bowl Sunday. It's Hallmark Channel's "Kitten Bowl," hosted by Howard Stern's wife, Beth Stern, and featuring John Sterling, the official radio voice of the New York Yankees, as announcer. Herding kittens isn't easy, as anyone who ever tried to corral a fluffy group of newborns in a bathroom, knows. So it'll be interesting to see just how the show's producers manage to get the little tigers to play ball inside Kitten Stadium.
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April 18, 2014 | By Susan King
Valerie Harper is positively radiant these days. There's a sparkle in her eyes and a genuine warmth in her smile. Why not? She's defied the odds. Early last year, Harper was told she had three months to live. Harper, a non-smoker who had a cancerous tumor removed from her lung in 2009, has a rare form of lung cancer that had spread to areas around her brain.  "I was supposed to be dead a year ago," said Harper, 74. "We are all terminal, let's face it.  I did the shock and grief.
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January 23, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Is Hallmark Channel already divorcing "The Good Wife?" The cable network, which acquired reruns of the critically acclaimed CBS drama last year, has yanked the show from its schedule after just a few weeks. According to Nielsen, the repeats were averaging just 331,000 viewers.  Intially, Hallmark was airing four episodes of "The Good Wife" in prime time. Then it scaled back to just two episodes. Now Hallmark is airing "The Waltons" and "Frasier. " A Hallmark Channel spokeswoman said the network still believes in the show "whole-heartedly" and "will find the right spot for it very soon.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Is Hallmark Channel already divorcing "The Good Wife?" The cable network, which acquired reruns of the critically acclaimed CBS drama last year, has yanked the show from its schedule after just a few weeks. According to Nielsen, the repeats were averaging just 331,000 viewers.  Intially, Hallmark was airing four episodes of "The Good Wife" in prime time. Then it scaled back to just two episodes. Now Hallmark is airing "The Waltons" and "Frasier. " A Hallmark Channel spokeswoman said the network still believes in the show "whole-heartedly" and "will find the right spot for it very soon.
BUSINESS
September 7, 2010 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
Martha Stewart has a knack for transforming dated rooms into design showpieces. Now she's undertaking another major renovation: the Hallmark Channel. Beginning Monday, Stewart will provide eight hours of programming each weekday as part of an ambitious revamp of the Hallmark Channel. After pinning its fortunes on the broad appeal of sentimental made-for-TV movies and reruns of such classic shows as "The Golden Girls" and "Little House on the Prairie," Hallmark plans to focus on home and lifestyle improvement and cooking shows.
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July 19, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
The latest network to enlist big-screen talent and muscle its way into the original scripted-series business, Hallmark Channel premieres on Saturday its adaptation of Debbie Macomber's bestselling Cedar Cove novels. It's called "Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove," presumably to avoid any confusion among the author's built-in fan base. There is, for example, absolutely no potential crossover with fans of the similarly named "Hemlock Grove," though it is set in the kind of small rocky Northern coastal American town other authors do tend to fill up with vampires (Stephen King to the East, Stephenie Meyer to the West)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2014 | By Susan King
Valerie Harper is positively radiant these days. There's a sparkle in her eyes and a genuine warmth in her smile. Why not? She's defied the odds. Early last year, Harper was told she had three months to live. Harper, a non-smoker who had a cancerous tumor removed from her lung in 2009, has a rare form of lung cancer that had spread to areas around her brain.  "I was supposed to be dead a year ago," said Harper, 74. "We are all terminal, let's face it.  I did the shock and grief.
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November 23, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Meredith Baxter recalls that when she met Michael Gross 30 years ago at the first table read for the award-winning NBC sitcom, "Family Ties," she gave the lanky actor cast as her husband a good once-over. "I am thinking my first words to him were, 'You need a tan!,'" she said, laughing. "He is a New Yorker and I am born and raised in Los Angeles. " Three decades after that first encounter, they are playing husband and wife once again in the Hallmark Channel holiday film, "Naughty or Nice," which premieres Saturday on the cable network.
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December 5, 2010 | By Melissa Maerz, Los Angeles Times
This is not an easy day for Martha Stewart. Sitting in her Manhattan office, surrounded by sparkling walls of ribbons, puff-paints, glitters and decorative hole punches, all carefully arranged by color and size, she has a very serious look on her face, which has been freshly repowdered after a midday yoga session. FOR THE RECORD: Martha Stewart: A Dec. 5 Calendar article about Martha Stewart reported that her jail time cost her company $1 billion. That figure is not an annual financial loss for the publicly traded Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. but an estimate from Stewart based on possible damage to her brand name and loss of future business deals.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Hallmark Channel, owned by Crown Media Holdings Inc. of Studio City, said it bought the rights to 99 movies from Walt Disney Co., including "Old Yeller" and "The Santa Clause," to reach younger audiences. The deal is for eight years, a Hallmark Channel spokeswoman said. Financial terms weren't disclosed.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 21, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Watch out, "Puppy Bowl," there's a new cuddly show vying for the eyeballs of animal loving sports fans on Super Bowl Sunday. It's Hallmark Channel's "Kitten Bowl," hosted by Howard Stern's wife, Beth Stern, and featuring John Sterling, the official radio voice of the New York Yankees, as announcer. Herding kittens isn't easy, as anyone who ever tried to corral a fluffy group of newborns in a bathroom, knows. So it'll be interesting to see just how the show's producers manage to get the little tigers to play ball inside Kitten Stadium.
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July 24, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Hallmark Channel, which refers to itself as "the heart of TV," took every opportunity to play up its warm-and-fuzzy vibe Wednesday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Beverly Hills. With its first original prime-time series, "Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove," as well as upcoming movies including a holiday special called "Christmas With Tucker" and an uplifting family drama set in 1963 during the height of the civil rights struggle called "The Watsons Go to Birmingham," Hallmark is carving out a niche as a wholesome voice in a TV wilderness of aggression and excess.  It's a tactic that stands out in an era when hyper-violent, hyper-sexual shows like "Dexter," "Breaking Bad," "Game of Thrones" and "Orange Is the New Black" break new ground in vivid shades of red and pink.
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July 19, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
The latest network to enlist big-screen talent and muscle its way into the original scripted-series business, Hallmark Channel premieres on Saturday its adaptation of Debbie Macomber's bestselling Cedar Cove novels. It's called "Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove," presumably to avoid any confusion among the author's built-in fan base. There is, for example, absolutely no potential crossover with fans of the similarly named "Hemlock Grove," though it is set in the kind of small rocky Northern coastal American town other authors do tend to fill up with vampires (Stephen King to the East, Stephenie Meyer to the West)
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
The cast members of CBS' hit reality series "Big Brother" raised eyebrows this week with offensive comments carried over the show's live-streaming Internet feed. And now the network is moving to distance itself from those comments. In a statement released Tuesday, CBS said, "'Big Brother' is a reality show about watching a group of people who have no privacy 24/7 -- and seeing every moment of their lives. At times, the Houseguests reveal prejudices and other beliefs that we do not condone.
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July 3, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
Marie Osmond, whose daytime talk show was just canceled by Hallmark Channel, is planning for a syndicated talk show in 2014. Associated Television International, who produced Osmond's talk fest, said they will be pitching the show to broadcasters. "Our initial exposure on Hallmark Channel provided the perfect launching ground, and we're delighted with the unprecedented media attention Marie and the program has enjoyed," Jim Romanovich, Associated Television International's president of worldwide entertainment, said in a statement.
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July 2, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
Marie Osmond got some unwelcome news from the Hallmark Channel, the home of her daytime talk show. The cable network, which is transitioning to what executives say is a "much more diversified portfolio of family-friendly programming," is not renewing Osmond's show for a second season. "With so many talk-show offerings in the daypart, particularly in broadcast syndication, Hallmark Channel has decided not to green-light a second season of its Critics Choice Award-nominated talk show, 'Marie,'" the network said in a statement.
BUSINESS
March 29, 2001 | Associated Press
The little-known Odyssey cable network will change its name to the Hallmark Channel and shuffle its programming to slightly reduce its religious fare, executives said Wednesday. The new Hallmark Channel will start Aug. 6. Odyssey, formed in 1990 largely as a religious network, already shows reruns of old Hallmark-produced movies, as well as series such as "Happy Days" and "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman." The basic cable channel is available in nearly 30 million homes. Hallmark Inc.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
Marie Osmond, whose daytime talk show was just canceled by Hallmark Channel, is planning for a syndicated talk show in 2014. Associated Television International, who produced Osmond's talk fest, said they will be pitching the show to broadcasters. "Our initial exposure on Hallmark Channel provided the perfect launching ground, and we're delighted with the unprecedented media attention Marie and the program has enjoyed," Jim Romanovich, Associated Television International's president of worldwide entertainment, said in a statement.
NEWS
April 18, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Get ready for more change along the  Las Vegas Strip: Look for alterations to the faces of the New York-New York and Monte Carlo hotels and the addition of an expansive public plaza featuring a variety of new restaurants and shops. The new outdoor space, expected to open early next year, will bring significant changes to the facades of both properties, it was announced Thursday. New York-New York's mock skyline, including its replica of the Brooklyn Bridge, is to be modified to make room for the new development.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 8, 2013 | By Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Feb. 10 - 16, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies       SERIES Ripper Street:  The clearing of a local slum reveals a murder scene in a new episode of the 19th century police procedural drama (6 and 9 p.m. BBC America). The Graham Norton Show:  Helen Mirren, Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann are guests and Little Mix performs in this new episode (7:15 and 10:15 p.m. BBC America). American Ninja Warrior: Host Matt Iseman presents footage from last season, including some that didn't air (8 p.m. NBC)
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