May 25, 1999 |
Never a big enough hit to control its destiny, but never a ratings bomb either, the NBC sitcom "NewsRadio" made an annual ritual of strange, devil-may-care endings. Their motto: Live this episode as if it were your last, for some day, maybe tomorrow, you're sure to be right. Last year, there was the Titanic episode, with the show's set transformed into a sinking ship; the year before the gang at the New York City all-news radio station was orbited into a science-fiction future.
April 15, 1998 |
David Shenk's book "Data Smog: Surviving the Information Glut" depicts us as being info-bombarded due to the new technologies, an overload severe enough to cause social fragmentation, the decline of educational standards and even the breakdown of democracy. Since 1971, Shenk writes, the number of advertising messages alone encountered by the average American has zoomed more than 500% to 3,000 a day. It's boggling. But no more so than "Seinfeld" smog.
May 27, 1998 |
"Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" has made her last regular house call, leaving both fans and the program's star expressing confusion and outrage over CBS' decision to cancel the western series after six seasons. CBS announced its prime-time schedule for the coming TV season last week, dropping "Dr. Quinn" from the Saturday lineup. Instead, the network will move "Early Edition" into the 8 p.m.
May 19, 2001 |
Too much experience. Too much talent. Too much Woodland Hills Taft. The Toreadors defeated Van Nuys Grant, 7-15, 15-13, 15-12, 15-8, and earned a spot among the top City Section boys' volleyball teams of all-time by winning their third consecutive City Championship Friday at Cal State Northridge.
December 15, 1997 |
Low ratings have put "The Tony Danza Show" down for the count, prompting NBC to cancel the latest series featuring the former "Who's the Boss?" and "Taxi" star after last Wednesday's telecast. "Danza" got off to a disappointing start in September and was taken off NBC's schedule for several weeks before returning this month. The program failed to exhibit signs of life, however, finishing a weak fourth in its time period.
May 23, 1997 |
Proclaiming itself as the only true "broadcaster" among the TV networks, CBS unveiled its new fall lineup Thursday along with its strategy to expand its reach beyond its traditional older audience.
February 16, 1999 |
While they probably won't match "The Fugitive" catching the one-armed man or Bob awakening from his eight-year dream on "Newhart," "Home Improvement," "Melrose Place," "Mad About You" and "The Nanny" will bid viewers farewell this spring, presenting series finales timed to boost ratings during the May sweeps. That kind of closure, however, will elude fans of the new shows like "Brimstone" and "Cupid," which have already been canceled. Let's face it, TV programs are ultimately products.
January 15, 2001 |
CNN is bracing for a round of staff cuts and reorganization this week, but in the meantime, some of its future programming plans are becoming clearer. One casualty will be "CNN Newsstand," a newsmagazine launched in 1998 to make use of resources at the sister Time Inc. magazines, including Time and Fortune, and to draw viewers during periods when there was no breaking news.
February 3, 2005 |
TV viewers are about to go where no TV viewer has gone in 18 years: a landscape with no fresh episodes of "Star Trek." Plagued by poor ratings and high production costs, UPN and Paramount Network Television on Wednesday announced that this will be the final season of "Star Trek: Enterprise," which stars Scott Bakula as Capt. Jonathan Archer. The four-year-old show is a "prequel" to the original "Star Trek" series that starred William Shatner and ran from 1966 to 1969. The finale will air May 13.