June 23, 1991 |
Three, two, one . . . Bill Walton on TV, Bill Walton on the radio, Bill Walton writing in the Sporting News, Bill Walton up close and trying to become personal with the Establishment. "Imagine this: Bill Walton--media mogul," CBS announcer Pat O'Brien said. "Good Lord, the 1990s have arrived." A tie has replaced the headband. The beard is gone, the hair is cut, the Deadhead wants to become a talking head. "This just proves," said John Wooden, former UCLA basketball coach, "you never know."
February 21, 2013 |
Nielsen is rethinking how it measures television viewing. Responding to pressure from the television industry, the ratings company is making a bigger push to measure viewing in a way that reflects the different means by which television content is distributed and consumed in the digital age. The first step for Nielsen is to redefine what it considers a "television home. " Starting this fall, homes that receive content on their television through video-game consoles or through broadband connections will be included in its sample.
June 14, 1994 |
North Carolina death-row inmate David Lawson and talk show host Phil Donahue were waiting Monday to see whether the U.S. Supreme Court would allow the killer's execution to be shown on television. Lawson, 38, is scheduled to be put to death by cyanide gas at 2 a.m. EDT Wednesday; Donahue wants to videotape the event and televise it. Lawson has said he was suffering from depression when he broke into what he thought was empty house in 1980.
December 19, 1998 |
Broadcasters should provide some free air time to political candidates on a voluntary basis, a presidential commission concluded in a report sent to the White House on Friday. Specifically, the commission recommended that broadcasters, along with cable networks and satellite companies, provide five minutes of free air time a day in the 30 days leading up to an election. Stations would choose the candidates, elections--federal, state and local--and the formats.
October 18, 1996 |
"Common Law" may have received the death sentence from ABC, but producers and supporters of the Latino-themed comedy say the series did not receive a fair trial and are hoping for a last-minute reprieve. The low-rated series, which stars comic Greg Giraldo as a Latino, Harvard-educated attorney at a Manhattan law firm, will be pulled from the prime-time schedule after its fourth airing this week, along with two other struggling ABC shows, "Coach" and "Second Noah."
January 20, 2012 |
It is the television show that everybody watches and everybody loves to hate. On Sunday night, the eve of the Chinese New Year, a billion people could tune in for a ritual that is as deeply ingrained in the holiday tradition as watching the Rose Parade is for Americans. The show is CCTV's annual New Year's Gala, a five-hour pastiche of dancing, singing, comedy, magic tricks, propaganda and kitsch. CCTV claims that more than 90% of the Chinese population watches the show (more on that claim later)
September 8, 1992 |
When Brad Davis joined the cast of "The Habitation of Dragons," a drama about family and politics in a small Texas town, he had been HIV-positive for six years and had already developed some symptoms of AIDS. But nobody involved with the film knew that. So nobody knew then that the film--which airs tonight at 5, 7 and 9 as part ofcable channel TNT's "Screenworks" series--would be his last.
September 4, 1998 |
For Fred Katayama, it was a moment of profound inspiration. As a Monterey Park fifth-grader in the early 1970s, he came home from school one afternoon and encountered a figure on television who would change his life. "I ran into the kitchen and I said, 'Mom, there's a Japanese-looking man on TV!' " Katayama recalls. "It was Ken Kashiwahara, who at the time was a reporter for Channel 7 'Eyewitness News.' It was a strong reaction.
January 12, 1989 |
It was, as they say, the end of an era. Lorimar Telepictures Corp. at last was merged Wednesday into the entertainment mammoth Warner Communications Inc. Lorimar, which made its reputation producing "Dallas" and other television series, will survive as a Culver City subsidiary doing what it has always done best: TV. What it has done with notable lack of success--making movies, especially--has been wound down during the many months that the merger has been impending.