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ENTERTAINMENT
October 16, 2009 | Scott Collins
Twitter has roughly 6 million users, and probably upward of 99% of their tweets attract absolutely zero attention. But the rules are a little different for the people who make TV shows, as Hart Hanson, creator and executive producer of Fox's forensic comedy-drama "Bones," learned earlier this month. Hanson, an active Twitterer known for his gently ironic on-set updates and affectionate exchanges with the show's hard-core fans, informed readers that his show had shut down production.
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BUSINESS
October 14, 2009 | Marc Lifsher
The influential lobby group Consumer Electronics Assn. is fighting what appears to be a losing battle to dissuade California regulators from passing the nation's first ban on energy-hungry big-screen televisions. On Tuesday, executives and consultants for the Arlington, Va., trade group asked members of the California Energy Commission to instead let consumers use their wallets to decide whether they want to buy the most energy-saving new models of liquid-crystal display and plasma high-definition TVs. "Voluntary efforts are succeeding without regulations," said Doug Johnson, the association's senior director for technology policy.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 28, 2009 | Scott Collins
One week into the fall TV season, a strange and unsettling mood is creeping over network programmers. It's called optimism. Dark clouds still linger over the broadcast industry, but surprisingly strong numbers for such new shows as ABC's comedy "Modern Family" and CBS' "NCIS: Los Angeles" and "The Good Wife" have executives hoping that their long-beleaguered prime-time schedules are finally on the rebound. "Despite all the naysayers, it seems like we still have a viable business here," CBS scheduling chief Kelly Kahl said in an interview Friday.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 10, 2009 | Scott Collins and Maria Elena Fernandez
"The Jay Leno Show" won't hit the air until next month, but the head of ABC is already taking some none-too-subtle swipes at it. By putting a talk show in the 10 p.m. hour usually reserved for scripted dramas, NBC is "doing their own thing, and the other networks seem to be following in the tradition of putting on great material," Steve McPherson, president of the ABC Entertainment Group, told reporters at the TCA press tour in Pasadena on Saturday afternoon....
ENTERTAINMENT
August 3, 2009 | Martin Miller, Maria Elena Fernandez and Kate Aurthur
Better make those park reservations now. Ken Burns' "The National Parks: America's Best Idea," a six-part, 12-hour documentary celebrating the virtues of the country's nearly 400 federally protected spaces, sets up camp on PBS on Sept. 27 and stays through Oct. 2. The country's most famous documentarian, who spoke Saturday during the semiannual Television Critics Assn.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 9, 2009 | Scott Collins
Will Heidi and Spencer stay or go? For the last week, that has been the soap opera rocking NBC's reality show "I'm a Celebrity . . . Get Me Out of Here!" In some ways, the off-screen antics -- which include a weekend hospitalization for "The Hills" star Heidi Montag Pratt, allegations that the pair endured "torture" at the hands of producers, feverish Twitter updates from relatives and her husband Spencer Pratt's reported intention to sue the network -- really are the show.
BUSINESS
June 9, 2009 | Alana Semuels
The digital switch is the end of one TV era, but broadcasters and device companies hope it's opening up another. Their vision for the future: a world in which we access live television not just on big screens in our living rooms, but also on cellphones and computers and in cars.
BUSINESS
May 27, 2009 | Joe Flint
Hollywood's annual TV bazaar known as the L.A. Screenings, where international broadcasters descend upon Los Angeles to buy the recently announced new fall shows, is underway. But this year the studios can't count on the broadcasters for foreign aid. With the domestic market for TV programs contracting, overseas sales in recent years have become crucial in allowing the studios to recover production costs.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 16, 2009 | SCOTT COLLINS
During the next month, the broadcast networks are rolling out at least 10 new midseason series. NBC unveiled its epic drama "Kings" last week. Two new ABC sitcoms are coming, "Better Off Ted" this week and "In the Motherhood" next. And Fox has a variety show with the Ozzy Osbourne clan, which, given its erratic history could result in either spontaneous brilliance or spontaneous combustion. Is there a hit somewhere in this bunch? The networks could sure use one.
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