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December 23, 2013 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: Click here to download TV listings for the week of Dec. 22 - 28, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SPECIALS 54th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration More than 20 local choirs, musical ensembles and dance companies take part in this free, three-hour live event at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown L.A. 3 p.m. KCET...
December 20, 2013 | By Meg James
Katie Couric's high-profile return to daytime television is coming to an end. Couric and the Disney/ABC Television Group, which distributes her syndicated talk show, "Katie," said Thursday that it would end next summer after two seasons. The show airs in Los Angeles on the Walt Disney Co.-owned station, KABC-TV Channel 7. Pulling the plug on the show was a joint decision, the two parties said. "While production will continue on 'Katie' through June 2014, we've mutually agreed that there will not be a third season of the show," Couric and Disney/ABC said in a joint statement.  ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll   Ratings have been soft for the show, which launched in September 2012 amid fanfare.
December 19, 2013 | By Meg James
Katie Couric's syndicated television talk show has been canceled. Disney/ABC Television and Couric jointly announced the move Thursday afternoon. "While production will continue on “Katie” through June 2014, we've mutually agreed that there will not be a third season of the show," the two parties said in a joint statement. "We're very proud of everyone's contributions to making Katie the #1 new syndicated talk show of 2012-2013, and we look forward to the rest of the season.
December 10, 2013 | By Meg James
More TV stations are signing up for the sassy daytime talk show "The Real," starring Tamar Braxton, which is scheduled to roll out next fall. Warner Bros. Television announced this week that TV stations owned by Cox, Sinclair, Gannett, Raycom, Media General and others have locked up the rights to the one-hour program. After a promising test run last summer, Fox Television stations in October agreed to be the primary station group to launch the program in fall 2014. The newly signed stations bring the show's clearance rate to about 70% of the country.  In addition to Braxton, the cast includes Tamera Mowry-Housley, Loni Love, Adrienne Bailon and Jeannie Mai. The show will be produced in Los Angeles by Warner Bros.' Telepictures Productions.  PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times "The Real" generated better-than-expected ratings last summer when it aired for four weeks on seven TV stations, including Fox's KTTV Channel 11 in Los Angeles and stations in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Phoenix.
December 6, 2013 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO - Duane Dauner, president of the California Hospital Assn., emailed the group's board in September with a warning: The leader of the state's largest healthcare workers' union had told him that if hospitals did not pave the way for the organizing of 20,000 workers, the union would launch ballot measures taking aim at hospital pricing and executive pay. But negotiations on organizing agreements between the two sides stalled. In November, the union, SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West, filed two initiatives for the 2014 ballot that would limit hospital prices and cap executive compensation at nonprofit hospitals.
December 4, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
The anti-vaccination movement has long been a public menace. It's responsible for the resurgence of numerous serious diseases that were on the decline, including measles, mumps and whooping cough. Now the movement has been given a big booster shot by Katie Couric, who devoted a large portion of her daily talk show Wednesday to some highly emotional and scientifically dubious claims by critics of Gardasil, a leading vaccine for human papillomavirus, or HPV. The segment focused on a mother convinced that her 20-year-old daughter died after a cycle of Gardasil immunization, and a second family whose 14-year-old daughter fell ill after the shots.
December 1, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
NEW YORK - Tea time at Sardi's, and in rushed Bette Midler too busy to give her caricature on the far wall an admiring glance. She had just finished taping an appearance on Katie Couric's talk show and, like me, had plans to see Mike Nichols' starry production of "Betrayal" later that evening. (Unlike me, her companion was Glenn Close.) In short, it was a typical run, run, run New York day. For the moment, however, Midler's attention was focused on "a creature of Beverly Hills," the late Hollywood super-agent Sue Mengers.
November 29, 2013 | By Matt Cooper
Customized TV Listings are available here: Click here to download TV listings for the week of Dec. 1 - 7, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies   SERIES Red Alaska Members of a religious sect with roots in Russia eke out a living as commercial fishermen in this docu-series. 10 p.m. National Geographic SPECIALS The National Dog Show Encore presentation of the Thanksgiving-Day canine competition. 8 p.m. NBC The Story of Santa Claus Ed Asner and Betty White supply the voices of Mr. and Mrs. Claus in this animated tale.
November 26, 2013 | By Meg James
MSNBC has ended Alec Baldwin's short-lived interview program, two weeks after the actor's outburst at a photographer that included an anti-gay slur. The NBCUniversal-owned cable channel confirmed Tuesday that the network and Baldwin had mutually agreed to end "Up Late," which had also suffered low ratings since its October debut. “We are jointly confirming that 'Up Late' will not continue on MSNBC,'" Baldwin and MSNBC said in a joint statement. MSNBC added: “This is a mutual parting and we wish Alec all the best.” PHOTOS: Talk show hosts who didn't make the cut Earlier this month, the cable channel suspended the show for two weeks following Baldwin's caught-on-camera tirade in New York City.
November 22, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Well, that was fast. Katie Couric is on the move again - and her daily talk show is evidently headed for the skids.  The veteran newswoman is about to join Yahoo in an "extensive deal," according to the Hollywood Reporter. Details weren't reported, but Couric already repurposes bits from her talk show for a feature on Yahoo News.  The latest development will likely mean curtains for her talk show, "Katie," which has struggled in the ratings over the last two seasons. It's also the end of Couric's ties to ABC News.
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