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September 22, 2004 | Susan King
MTV announced the results of a new "Choose or Lose" poll, indicating that three out of four young people are registered to vote and eight out of 10 plan to vote. Young people also prefer Sen. John Kerry over President Bush by a margin of 46% to 40% heading into the final month before the election. Ralph Nader drew the support of 4% of those polled, and 10% were undecided/other.
July 24, 2004 | Jonathan Taylor, Times Staff Writer
LOGO, MTV Networks' new digital channel aimed at gays and lesbians, revealed its first programming and development slate Friday, with a lineup heavy on variety and unscripted series. New shows include "Family Outing," which focuses on true-life coming-out stories and is executive produced by pop diva Cher and her daughter, Chastity Bono, and a cabaret series hosted by actor Alan Cumming.
February 7, 2004 | Maria Elena Fernandez
Weeks before the world saw what would become the most analyzed Super Bowl halftime show in history, MTV announced it would air "The Making of the AOL Superbowl Half-Time Show" today at 1 p.m. The announcement promised behind-the-scenes footage of the musical stars, comedians and athletes "as they put on an MTV concert like no other for the big game."
December 17, 2003 | Jeff Leeds, Times Staff Writer
MTV built itself into an entertainment powerhouse by keeping an ear tuned to pop-music trends. The channel probably doesn't like what it's hearing now: the footsteps of a competitor. Since its debut seven months ago, Fuse has been steadily picking up music video viewers. Viacom Inc., which owns MTV, is playing hardball in response, industry sources say, exercising a provision in contracts with record labels that requires them to provide music videos for Viacom's exclusive use.
June 21, 2003 | Lisa Rosen, Special to The Times
As the summer rerun doldrums hit and the major networks venture further into unscripted territory, assorted pop-culture personalities are flocking to MTV for some fun in the sun. Sunday marks the premieres of Snoop Dogg's comedy-variety series, "Doggy Fizzle Televizzle," and Magic Johnson's show about street basketball, "Who's Got Game?" Comedian Tom Green premieres the network's first late-night talk show on Monday. Sean "P Diddy" Combs began another season of "Making the Band" on Wednesday.
June 4, 2003 | Mark Sachs, Times Staff Writer
Nearly 200 young female dancers, dressed in schoolgirl uniforms, filled the stage and aisles at the Shrine Auditorium for a lesbian-undertoned production number for the notorious Russian pop duo t.A.T.u. It was only a rehearsal Friday afternoon for Saturday night's "MTV Movie Awards 2003," but even then it appeared this could be the buzzed-about moment for the current MTV generation that Madonna's raunchy rendition of "Like a Virgin" was at MTV's Video Music Awards 19 years ago.
June 4, 2003 | Nancy Tartaglione, Special to The Times
Filming anything in Paris can be a formidable task. The authorizations, the kilometers of red tape, the often aloof civil servants and the innumerable mayoral signatures required typically are infuriating. Now try filming an unscripted American TV show about a group of kids, with no set shooting schedule or locations, during a time when Franco-American relations are strained to the maximum and what do you get? An educational, cultural, Zen-like experience, bien sur.
April 23, 2003 | From Associated Press
First, MTV updated "Carmen." Now, the cable music channel is offering a modern take on "Wuthering Heights." Erika Christensen, who played a high school stalker in last year's "Swimfan" and a drug-addicted teen in 2000's "Traffic," will star as Cate in a musical version of the Emily Bronte novel, set to begin production in May in Puerto Rico.
March 5, 2003 | From Associated Press
The TV network that brought you "The Osbournes" is banking on Snoop Dogg as a variety host, a practical-joking Ashton Kutcher and surfer girls. MTV's new series for the spring and summer include "Doggy Fizzle Televizzle," the rapper's variety show. A pilot that aired in December featured Snoop Dogg working as a substitute teacher and at a fast-food restaurant's drive-through.
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