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June 13, 2007 | Scott Collins, Times Staff Writer
What happened Sunday night speaks volumes about the dilemma facing HBO. The opaque ending of "The Sopranos" may have steamed a lot of fans, but the volume of the outcry proves what a cultural touchstone the New Jersey mob-family drama remained, even in its last days. An average of 11.9 million viewers tuned into the series finale, according to figures from Nielsen Media Research, the show's highest tally since the Season 5 debut in March 2004.
June 6, 2007 | Claudia Eller and Meg James, Times Staff Writers
In choosing a new HBO chief executive, Time Warner Inc. on Tuesday opted for corporate stability over bringing an outsider into the famously insular cable network. Last month the media giant was forced to find a replacement for former Chief Executive Chris Albrecht when he was fired after assaulting his girlfriend in Las Vegas.
May 24, 2007 | Paul Brownfield
"JOHN From Cincinnati" has the ingredients of something you've gotta see at least once: surfers, aliens, drug addicts, all brought together by David Milch, the prolific, risk-taking TV dramatist who decided to wrap up his HBO western "Deadwood" to do this new project. It's Milch's mind that's probably going to be the star here; the series' "name" actors include Bruce Greenwood and Rebecca De Mornay.
May 23, 2007 | Gina Piccalo, Times Staff Writer
Filmmaker Alan Berliner's lifelong insomnia was a cakewalk, even a bit romantic, compared with the bleary days and hellish nights he spent documenting it. In his new HBO documentary, "Wide Awake," which had a "night owl" premiere in the wee hours of Tuesday morning and opens in prime-time tonight, Berliner spends a surreal 18 months staring down his sleeplessness -- figuratively and literally.
May 12, 2007 | Thomas S. Mulligan and Claudia Eller, Times Staff Writers
Former HBO Chief Executive Chris Albrecht pleaded no contest Friday to misdemeanor battery, admitting to the "unlawful grabbing" of his girlfriend during a quarrel in Las Vegas on Sunday. Albrecht, 54, was forced out of his job this week in the wake of the incident with 37-year-old Karla Jensen and revelations in The Times of an altercation in 1991 with a woman who worked for him at HBO in Los Angeles.
May 10, 2007 | Meg James and Lynn Smith, Times Staff Writers
HBO was already preparing for a challenging life after the end of "The Sopranos." Now, it's grappling with the void created by the ouster of the man who introduced America to some of the most provocative and sophisticated shows on television. The downfall of Chris Albrecht has rocked HBO, where, until his firing Wednesday, he had served as chief executive for nearly five years.
May 10, 2007 | Thomas S. Mulligan and Claudia Eller, Times Staff Writers
Chris Albrecht, the powerful Hollywood executive credited with bringing "The Sopranos" and "Sex and the City" to American living rooms, was ousted Wednesday as head of Home Box Office in the wake of his arrest in Las Vegas on suspicion of publicly assaulting his girlfriend. The firing cast a pall over the cable channel, which makes about $1.2 billion a year and is one of the most profitable units of Time Warner Inc.
May 7, 2007 | Lisa Girion, Times Staff Writer
HBO Chief Executive Chris Albrecht was arrested in an alleged assault on his girlfriend early Sunday outside the MGM Grand casino in Las Vegas. Hours earlier, Home Box Office Inc. had broadcast the World Boxing Council's super-welterweight fight from the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeated Oscar De La Hoya in front of a celebrity-packed sold-out crowd. The fight ended before 10 p.m. Saturday. Shortly after 3 a.m.
March 26, 2007 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
UCLA is going to a second consecutive NCAA men's basketball Final Four, but it has a long way to go to approach what the Bruins accomplished during a 12-year period ending in 1975, when they won 10 national championships. The memories of those UCLA glory days, with Vietnam War protests and the civil rights movement as a backdrop, are brought back in an HBO documentary, "The UCLA Dynasty," which airs for the first time tonight at 10.
January 24, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Lily Tomlin will star in an hourlong comedy series for HBO, created by husband-and-wife producers Harry Thomason and Linda Bloodworth-Thomason of "Designing Women" and "Evening Shade" sitcom fame. The comedy, "12 Miles of Bad Road," features Tomlin as Amelia Shakespeare, head of a real estate company and matriarch of a wealthy Dallas family. In the pilot, Mary Kay Place plays Amelia's sister and Leslie Jordan plays a cousin.
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